About

We're relationship people. Everything we think and build puts relationships first.

Creating Digital Brand Experiences

Who We Are

Our 80+ Strategists, Designers, Technologists and Account Managers collaborate every day to make sure each interaction you have with your clients drives engagement, loyalty and advocacy.

One North by the Numbers:
600
Web solutions that we manage for clients
152
Million page views per month to the client sites we host
76
Percent of our clients we’ve worked with for over 5 years
30
Percent of our clients have a global presence

Management Team

John Simpson
Chief Executive Officer

John Simpson

John Simpson is one of One North Interactive’s founders and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities to One North include his role as a thought leader, bringing the most innovative and forward-thinking approaches to craft digital experiences for our clients; as a practitioner, assisting in the production and management of our extra-ordinary experiences; and as a prospector, promoting the One North business and building relationships with current and new clients.

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Jeff Hirner
Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Hirner

Jeff Hirner is one of One North Interactive’s founders and serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He’s responsible for running the day-to-day operations of One North’s projects and ensuring each client engagement is a success. Working with a team of more than 80 employees, Jeff oversees the creation and implementation of extraordinary digital experiences for our clients.

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Jenn Bernstein
Head of Delivery Operations

Jenn Bernstein

As Head of Delivery Operations, Jenn's main priority is to ensure One North's client projects stay on track and are appropriately managed by our teams. Jenn also ensures that One North has the tools we need to serve our clients successfully, including project resourcing, budget management, schedule management, risk assessment and overall project monitoring. She comes to this role with over 17 years of web consulting experience.

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Jen Bullett
Managing Director, Marketing

Jen Bullett

Jen Bullett is Managing Director of Marketing at One North Interactive. She works closely with the strategy, creative and technology teams to develop and enhance One North client communications and exterior messaging strategy. In addition, she provides general marketing direction for One North Interactive and promotes internal culture and talent development by overseeing our recruiting and human resources department.

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Joe Cleveland
Account Director

Joe Cleveland

Joe contributes 10 years’ experience in B2B marketing and corporate messaging to the One North team. As Account Director, Joe is a consultative partner to our clients, using his strong communication, empathy and resourcefulness to help them identify the right approach and ensure clear, focused execution across creative, brand, strategy and technology teams. Prior to joining One North, Joe helped start a boutique marketing agency in Chicago where he managed client services and led engagements for several Fortune brands, including Harley-Davidson, USG and Case New Holland. Joe attended the University of Illinois where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Communications.  

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Nate Denton
Managing Director, Creative Services

Nate Denton

As Managing Director of Creative Services at One North, Nate is responsible for delivering compelling digital experiences to clients. He works closely with the entire creative team and manages the creative process from conception to delivery. He and his team work seamlessly with One North’s Account, Brand, Strategy and Technology teams to understand our clients’ needs and provide bespoke design solutions that help achieve their unique goals.

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Alyson Fieldman
Account Director

Alyson Fieldman

As an Account Director at One North, Alyson leads a cross-functional team of account managers and coordinators, developers and designers to support our clients' interactive goals. Alyson oversees some of One North’s most complex engagements, successfully partnering with firms such as Reed Smith and Cravath. Alyson is a seasoned marketing technology professional with more than 10 years of experience in legal marketing.

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Ryan Horner
Managing Director, Technology

Ryan Horner

Ryan is Managing Director of Technology at One North. He is responsible for overseeing One North’s strategy related to technical applications, systems and client implementations. Ryan has more than 15 years of experience architecting, designing and managing technology teams. He and the rest of the technology team offer unique solutions and open up new possibilities for marketing and business development professionals.

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Kelsey Kline
Director, Talent Development

Kelsey Kline

As Director, Talent Development at One North, Kelsey manages recruitment efforts, talent development initiatives and the HR function of the company. She thrives on establishing relationships with ambitious individuals in the realms of strategy, creative, technology and account management. Working to connect the team with future additions to the One North crew, she is passionate about developing One North’s talent base and providing an extra-ordinary talent experience. Kelsey has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Business Management with a minor in Human Resources.

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Sarah Levine Meyer
Director, Strategy

Sarah Levine Meyer

As Director of Strategy at One North Interactive, Sarah helps lead and guide our Strategy Team. A group of consultants and UX/UI experts, her team partners with complex relationship-based businesses to develop a functional design strategy for their websites and across all digital touch points.

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Christie McDonald
Account Director

Christie McDonald

As an Account Director for One North Interactive, Christie works with some of One North’s largest clients to find the best and most effective interactive experiences to help them communicate with their audiences. Ensuring the use of advanced practices and lessons learned from previous engagements, she leads her team to develop a project plan based on both an established timeline and budget. A creative, client-driven and IT-focused manager with over 12 years of experience in project management and client consulting, she has previously worked for both Thomson Reuters and Hubbard One. She graduated with a BA in Economics and Political Science from UMass Amherst.

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Dawn Michalak
Managing Director, Business Development

Dawn Michalak

As Managing Director, Business Development, Dawn coordinates sales, project delivery and service and support activities across the organization to ensure a holistic quality experience for our clients.

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Bill Nelson
Managing Director, Account Management

Bill Nelson

As the Managing Director of Accounts, Bill leads the One North Account Management team, ensuring One Northerners go above and beyond for their clients to successfully deliver projects and results.  With more than fifteen years of client service experience, Bill has an adept and deep understanding of client needs and goals and believes that the success of a company is rooted in the success of its clients.

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Kalev Peekna
Managing Director, Chief Strategist

Kalev Peekna

Kalev Peekna is the Chief Strategist at One North. He leads the development of new capabilities and approaches that bring together Brand, Creative, Strategy, UX and Technology to create engaging digital experiences for B2B and relationship-based businesses. A regular speaker, he presents on a wide range of topics within digital marketing and design. Previously, Kalev was the Managing Director of the Strategy practice at One North. Kalev earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He also holds master degrees from the University of Chicago and Cambridge University, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Zach Peer
Director, Client Systems

Zach Peer

Zach Peer is the Director of Technology and Client and Internal Systems at One North Interactive. He establishes and maintains the appropriate policies, procedures and controls for One North’s hosted offerings and works to ensure the availability, security and performance of the hosting environment. Zach also manages the Business Systems team, providing technical leadership and support for internal systems and initiatives and ensuring the seamless introduction of new technologies. Prior to One North, Zach worked as a Senior Manager for Accenture. Zach holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Mark Perez
Controller

Mark Perez

As Controller for One North, Mark is responsible for reporting and tracking the financial condition of the firm and to determine the financial impact of crucial business decisions. Mark also ensures the firm is in compliance with all regulatory agencies on an ongoing basis. Prior to joining One North, Mark spent 10 years in public accounting for various firms in Chicago and California, where he managed audit engagements for mid-sized businesses across several industries, notably manufacturing, real estate, and financial services. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Ryan Schulz
Director, Brand

Ryan Schulz

With a keen sense of storytelling and nearly a decade of brand work to his name, Ryan is One North’s Director, Brand. He helps clients clearly identify, define and embrace their brand essence, purpose and value proposition. His goal is to advise clients so that they can communicate with their own clients more effectively. Previously, Ryan served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Vosges Haut-Chocolat and also as Director of Brand and Communications Strategy at VSA Partners.

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Rick Tham
Director, Technology

Rick Tham

Rick Tham is the Director of Technology at One North. He has more than 14 years of experience architecting, designing and managing technology teams. Rick currently manages the Technology Labs group, which works to research, test and integrate new technologies for both One North and its clients.

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What We Believe

Our Guiding Principles were set down at One North’s inception, and they remain relevant today. Dictating action and inspiring work, the Guiding Principles promise that the extraordinary experiences we create and the relationships we covet are no less than just that: extra-ordinary.

 

Courage to Say Yes

YES is often the harder, riskier option. We encourage rising to the challenge – go ahead, be ambitious.

 
Courage to Say Yes
 

Courage to Say Yes

YES is often the harder, riskier option. We encourage rising to the challenge – go ahead, be ambitious.

 

Thinking Forward

Anticipation is the key to the magic of innovation. We may not be able to predict the future, but we can create it.

 
Thinking Forward
 

Thinking Forward

Anticipation is the key to the magic of innovation. We may not be able to predict the future, but we can create it.

 

Trusting in Collaboration

The only way to achieve our goals is to share the ideas, the sweat and the credit. We strive to believe in each other and give more than we take.

 
Trusting in Collaboration
 

Trusting in Collaboration

The only way to achieve our goals is to share the ideas, the sweat and the credit. We strive to believe in each other and give more than we take.

 

Doing the Right Thing

We will approach our interactions, decisions and challenges openly and honestly. We do what’s right because it’s who we are.

 
Doing the Right Thing
 

Doing the Right Thing

We will approach our interactions, decisions and challenges openly and honestly. We do what’s right because it’s who we are.

 

Going for the Extra-Ordinary

We will energize ourselves and our clients by pushing hard, stepping beyond the everyday and taking pride in the result. No expectation is too small to be exceeded.

 
Going for the Extra-Ordinary
 

Going for the Extra-Ordinary

We will energize ourselves and our clients by pushing hard, stepping beyond the everyday and taking pride in the result. No expectation is too small to be exceeded.

Where We Are

One North is headquartered in Chicago, IL, and we also have boots on the ground in other strategic locations throughout the U.S.

Chicago

Boston
New York
Cleveland
Dallas