Four Years In: One North Celebrates New Clients, Capabilities and Talent Growth

August 08, 2016 Jen Frost

Digital agency continues growth trajectory with expansion into new verticals, addition of key talent, enhanced capabilities and strategic investment partner.

CHICAGO, IL (August 8, 2016) – One North, a digital agency, has reached a milestone today, concluding its fourth year in business serving the needs of leading professional services businesses. 

With 90+ team members and more than 100 digital marketing programs launched in the last four years, One North’s growth has been propelled by its unique Relationship Cycle approach, which helps services businesses design and implement brand building experiences with their clients and key audiences. In the three months leading up to its anniversary, One North’s unique approach has enabled it to launch major digital initiatives for four of the top 25 US law firms, as well as some of the largest accounting, investment banking, architecture, engineering, construction and consulting organizations.

“When we started on this journey four years ago, we saw a clear need for a well-rounded agency that understood the unique challenges today’s leading services businesses face,” said One North CEO John Simpson. “Our focus on providing integrated brand, strategic, creative and technical solutions that help our clients create deeper relationships with their audiences has created real value for top firms in a variety of professional services organizations.”

One North added exceptional talent across a diverse set of disciplines including User Experience Design, Brand Strategy, Digital Design and Creative, Technology and Account Management.

“We continue to hire and develop tremendously talented individuals. The collaboration across our teams and with our clients has enabled us to truly set the pace for how Professional Services use digital as a means of telling their brand story and interacting with key audiences,” said Simpson.

In addition to its expanding talent base, One North has emerged as a leading integrator of Sitecore software for Professional Services. Leveraging its 50+ in-house technology team, One North is able to provide end-to-end thinking and implementation, including the hosting and management of client digital applications in the Microsoft Azure environment.

“The pace with which both our clients and employees are embracing new digital strategies and technologies is unprecedented. Using Sitecore and other platforms, the prospect of smarter, data-driven marketing and digital transformation is now achievable,” said Simpson.

To continue driving momentum, One North has also partnered with Svoboda Capital Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in leading middle market growth companies.

“Our core values are in sync. We have a partner that shares our belief that a steadfast focus on clients and our people is what ultimately builds long-term growth. We appreciate their confidence in our team, our model and the opportunity in the markets we serve,” remarked Simpson.

“We’ve been impressed by how smart One North has been with their growth until this point,” said John Svoboda, Managing Director, Svoboda Capital Partners. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with John, Jeff and the management team and are focused on ensuring One North continues to evolve and serve its clients well.”

Simpson added that there will be no changes to the One North management team. The partnership, which was finalized on June 1, is enhanced by Svoboda’s strong foundation working within the business services segment. New York-based firm AdMedia Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to One North in the transaction.

About One North
One North is a digital agency dedicated to delivering compelling customer experiences for professional services organizations. One North has partnered with hundreds of businesses to produce digital solutions aimed at strengthening their most valuable asset: their relationships. From brand planning, digital strategy and creative services, to front and back-end development and technology support, One North’s team of 90+ innovative minds work collaboratively to create digital experiences that intelligently connect business strategy and marketing activities. For more information, visit


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Jen Frost Managing Director, Marketing

Jen Frost is Managing Director of Marketing at One North. She works closely with the Digital Strategy, Experience Design and Technology teams to develop and enhance One North client communication and exterior messaging strategy. In addition, she provides general marketing direction for One North and promotes internal culture.

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