About Us

We deliver bold and beautiful brands in a cut and paste world.

The Gist

20nine is part brand consultancy, part design firm and part rowdy idea factory.

Anything worth doing is worth doing differently.

Success has a need for speed, agility and creativity. 20nine delivers on all three. We’re a highly collaborative and caffeinated group of brand strategists, writers, designers, technologists, and insight gatherers committed to creating charismatic brands, products, services and experiences that stand out and stand for something important in the minds of your audience.

Our Values

Be honest and direct

Fight for things that matter

Understand and deliver

No egos, no a-holes

Relationships should be awesome, not awkward

No prom themes

Speed, agility and creativity win

Greg Ricciardi

President & CEO

Greg founded the company in 2002. Before that, Greg finessed his cat-herding technique in creative and managerial roles at a number of Pennsylvania advertising and design agencies. He’s a graphic designer by trade, as well as a seasoned strategist. From day one he’s been driven by a passion for creating inspiring and unexpected work. His favorite part of the job? “Partnering with clients to create the most innovative and kick-ass work that exceeds their expectations for their brand.” Greg is on the board of the Art Directors Club of Philadelphia (VP) and the Philadelphia Ad Club. He also does philanthropic work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual “Ride for Life” event.

Gary Kopervas

VP of Brand Strategy & Innovation

Gary is a self-proclaimed “creative misfit” in that he doesn’t fit neatly into any one compartment or department. He’s an insight spotter, brand strategist, writer, content creator, creative facilitator, product innovator and a nationally syndicated cartoonist. At 20nine, Gary works directly with our clients and creative and interactive design teams to give strategic shape to data and consumer insights in order to bring brands to life through the telling of evocative and visually compelling stories audiences can relate to and rally around. Gary had a hand in developing the agency’s proprietary toolset including the Master Motivating Idea methodology, 2×2 StoryCube and Insight-Out Archetyping techniques. Having facilitated hundreds of brainstorming sessions around the U.S and in Europe for clients such as P&G, Cadbury, Novartis and Absolut, Gary leads immersion sessions at the agency. Gary started his career with Ogilvy New York and was one of the founding members of Marco Polo Explorers, a global new product invention consultancy.

Kevin Hammond

Creative Director

Kevin is a glutton for inspiration. He’s a photographer, a silk screen maker, an avid music fan, and a fiend for the outdoors. He lives with a chronic creative itch he can’t quite seem to scratch, which is just fine by him. After graduating from the University of The Arts, he focused his energies at Lippincott in NYC where he cut his teeth creating and developing identity systems, publications, interactive media and environmental design for an array of clients like Delta Air lines, LG, Sprint, Samsung, Comcast, Pizza Hut, Chevron, Hyatt and First Citizens Bank. But a longing for good friends, supportive family, and authentic soft pretzels brought him home to Philly, and now he heads the truly gifted and witty design crew at 20nine, who he coaxes to discover the big idea. Outside the bubble, Kevin is much the same. You can find him and his wife carving up the slopes, traveling or hitting the concert trail in search of inspiration—trying, as always, to scratch that itch.

Mark Allen Stuart

Chief Operating Officer

Mark’s lives to organize, strategize and drive company growth—but in a good way. Mark focuses his time on the development of strategic partnerships, company financial planning and organizational development.

Mark has been an officer in four publicly owned companies and has had the chance to lead several incredible multi-function teams. After leaving Rice University, Mark joined Procter and Gamble where he developed a keen sense of the importance of brand and category management and then was part of the team that took Linen’s n’ Things public, serving as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining 20nine, Mark managed a strategic planning consultancy serving over 100 companies in thirty different industries. Yes he is ADD.

Fun fact: Mark produces rock music and writes/directs monster movies.

Rosanna Hagg

VP of Business Development

When we asked Rosanna what piece of furniture she identifies with, we were intrigued to hear her say “coffee table”. But it works, because she’s strong, supportive, and brings a room together. Plus like any good coffee table, she really hates doing laundry.

Rosanna spent a big chunk of her career working for big guys like Comcast and NBCUniversal, plus the Buffalo Sabres and Adelphia Communications. Now as our BizDev ace, Rosanna charms the pants off of top companies who need their brands built better. She’s all about helping us do our best work and she takes serious pride in making sure our clients love us as much as we love them.

When she’s not building connections and booking new projects for us, Rosanna is an amateur chef, oenophile, and wanderluster. She loves spending time with her family, and she gives Santa a run for his money when it comes to holiday preparedness – all her Christmas cards and shopping are done by early October. (We hope she got us something good.)

Isaac Klein

VP of Accounts

Isaac’s love of graphic design and branding, coupled with his passion for making sure things get done all-proper-like, have led him to spend the last decade running accounts and leading processes within the creative agency space. He’s been responsible for all sorts of things for all sorts of clients. From global brands like Land Rover, Hard Rock, American Express and Shake Shack to smaller boutique brands like Ticketfly, Leo’s Bagels and the One Show. It’s his job to make sure all the cats are herded and accounted for, while making sure that everybody’s happy and excited about it all along the way.

Outside of all that he’s just a down-to-earth dude who lives in South Philly with his family. If you want to talk about the Star Wars trilogy to him you need to be talking about the Original Trilogy’s cinematic releases. Mention the prequels at your own risk.

Erin McGeever

Senior Art Director

Erin is a Philadelphia-based award-winning Designer and Art Director who brings her sophisticated point of view to every project she takes on. She’s the proud winner of the Communication Arts Award of Excellence, and has been published in Communication Arts Magazine, Communication Arts Online, PRINT Magazine, and several other national design publications and literature. When she’s not crafting meaningful brands through visual identity, print, and digital experiences, Erin can be found behind a camera or in front of a large glass of red wine.

Tracey Williamson

Senior Art Director

After freelancing as a designer throughout college, Tracey decided that she had found her calling—in life as well as her job. When she’s not creating award-winning design work at 20nine, she’s applying her design skills to everything from home décor to dinner parties. Tracey also enjoys going to concerts, doing yard work, and relaxing with a beer on her deck.

Lindsey Tweed

Senior Art Director

Lindsey has always been an artist, but clicked with agency life because of the variety of projects and clients that allow her to experiment and solve creative challenges. Prior to life at 20nine she designed a regional newspaper and worked for Allen & Gerritson as Senior Art Director, where she handled a full rebrand of Troegs Brewery.

Lindsey’s food-related accomplishments aren’t limited to her design work: she once triumphed over a group of men twice her size to demolish a 5-pound burrito in 20 minutes.

Joe Zeoli

Lead Developer

As 20nine’s Lead Developer, Joe looks at every project as a logic puzzle. He loves finding elegant, functional solutions to complicated development challenges. It’s still unclear whether his puzzle skills include escaping from Chinese Finger Traps.

Though his hobbies mainly include outdoor activities like snowboarding and running triathalons, Joe is a performer at heart. Whether juggling bowling pins, speaking at conferences or appearing on reality shows, he always finds himself in the spotlight. We think there’s a place for him in the next 20nine music video.

Jake Borer

Account Executive

As one of our account execs, Jake helps our Account Services team stay organized, manage projects, and “keep their frogs in a wheelbarrow” (his phrase, and our official new favorite).

He joined our team after years of working as a Beer Ambassador for Sly Fox Brewing Company, so he’s a pretty great addition to our beer connoisseurship crew, too. On top of that, he’s upping our office golf cred with his never-ending chase of long drives and short putts out on the links.

His extracurricular skills and accomplishments include sneaking Big Lebowski references into almost any conversation and setting the high score on pop-a-shot basketball arcade games across the country.

As a serial problem-solver and desperate laundry-hater, Jake’s pretty sure he can train his dog Chandler to fold clothes for him, and although conventional knowledge says you’d need opposable thumbs to properly fold anything, Jake’s not one to let convention dictate his life.

The dude abides.

Julia Donato

Senior Writer/Planner

As our writer and planner, Julia’s role is a little bit creative and a little bit strategic – she helps brands figure out where they are and where they want to go, then helps them write the words to get there.

Outside of work, Julia’s the “Go Big or Go Home” type, but usually opts for the latter. She’s a homebody at heart with a constant supply of enablers in the form of a full Netflix queue, an overflowing pile of unread books, and a puppy who loves to snuggle. If she’s not doing a combination of those things, she might be baking gourmet cupcakes, boxing, playing Sega Genesis, or cooking enough food for a small army. Despite being a homebody, though, she’s also the first person to rally reluctant party-goers to knock back tequila shots and Jägerbombs. You’ve been warned.

Be Bold or Be Second

Katie Ikonomou

Account Manager

Katie is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and is a graduate of Drexel University. Prior to joining 20nine, she worked in business development at Happy Cog, a web design agency in Philadelphia. Even though Katie works on the account side, she is creative in her own way, taking photos, cooking, traveling and attending music festivals whenever she can. At 20nine, Katie spends her time driving client success by managing projects, guiding clients through our process and making sure things get done.

David Dee

Account Manager

From selling online advertising to copywriting to starring in low-budget commercials and foreign music videos, Dave Dee has explored our industry from every possible angle. His career also includes teaching English in Thailand, which he insists is relevant, although we’re still trying to figure out how. These days he can be found facilitating client communication, managing integrated marketing campaigns, and begging co-workers to accompany him to the Whole Foods Taco Truck on a Roof. In his free time Dave enjoys playing water polo outside the pool (he can’t swim), misspelling French words, shopping for great steals on the black market, and providing smart-ass answers to questionnaires.

Jess Eversmeyer

Graphic Designer

Jess is the rubber spatula of our design team: she’s flexible and dependable, and doesn’t miss much. She started with 20nine as an intern after graduating from Philadelphia University with the top design portfolio in her class. From brainstorming to sketching to illustrating, Jess loves to be part of the evolution of ideas as they develop into full visual brands.

Outside of work, Jess’ artistic hobbies include painting, color-organizing her belongings, and crushing on Wes Anderson.

Adam Noone

Graphic Designer

When Adam is not creating designs, he enjoys long walks to the bar, pepperoni pizza with ranch, and aimlessly browsing through pictures of cats wearing tights.
When he has had his fill on tight-wearing cats and pizza, you can find him destroying friends in Mario Party 2 on N64. With the free time that is left, Adam consistently works on his craft of designing, illustrating, lettering and the formulation of innovative ideas.

Eleni Dimou

Graphic Designer

Eleni loves a good design challenge. Her creative process is a killer combination of inspiration, work ethic, and strong coffee — though she’s still on the hunt for the perfect thermos.

After dropping out of Greek school, Eleni redeemed herself by winning a National Addy Award for her student project at Susquehanna University. When she’s not capturing moments with her Nikon, spending time with her (Big Fat Greek) family, or dunking on Fisher-Price rims, Eleni often dreams of living among the elves in Rivendell.

Peg Feathers-Long

Staff Accountant

If Peg Feathers-Long were a household item, she’d be a hat rack—and not just because of her svelte physique. On any given day she can be found wearing all sorts of headgear—from book keeper, accountant and tax preparer to mom, business owner and property manager. When she’s at 20nine she can be found handling invoices, insurance payments and yes, paychecks, which may explain why everyone is extra-nice to her. To take a break from all her hat-wearing, Peg likes to go swimming, windsurfing and paddle boarding, all of which she performs bareheaded.

Fun fact: Peg is embarrassed to admit she’s never read Fifty Shades of Grey, whereas most people would say the opposite.

JOIN THE TEAM

Account Executive
PHL

Are you detail oriented, so-on-top-of-everything-it's-not-funny, and love working in a collaborative creative environment? Cool...us too. We're currently looking for an AE to join our growing team of folks who help get it all done. If you've got what it takes to help handle accounts both really, really large and super small and not break a sweat hit us up. The ideal candidate is someone who’s not just passionate about creative, but about being the reason it gets done right and on time while keeping everybody happy.

Position: Account Executive
Reports to: VP Account Services, Account Manager

Essential Duties & Responsibilities Our expectations for your success at 20nine include these must haves:
  • Assist the Account Manager/Supervisor in the daily operations of a long-term large account
  • Master The Art of generating estimates, invoices and keeping everything in scope
  • Communicate with Everybody. Clients, design and production staff and get everybody excited about what we're doing
  • Scheduling, Project Planning/Management
  • Work with print vendors, photographers and everybody in between
  • Help manage both internal and client expectations and overall agency work flow
  • Amazing verbal communication and written skills
  • Manage and implement QA process(es)
Qualifications A few must haves we’re looking for:
  • You are comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment with no egos or assholes
  • 1-2 years agency experience required. Title and compensation based on experience.
  • Detailed oriented and highly organized
  • Quick study who’s looking to learn the in’s and out’s of creative agency work
  • The desire and the ability to collaborate on creative work with a team and be the person that keeps everything/body on track
  • Fundamental understanding go  both internal and client expectations and overall agency work flow
  • Be able to work within a deadline driven environment
  • Amazing verbal communication and written skills
  • Ability to interface with clients directly
  • Full working knowledge of the MS Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of basic HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, print + media production are not required but are definitely a plus.
  • Strong desire to work at a smaller creative focused agency setting
  • Ability to help manage and implement QA process(es)
Apply For The Job


Account Supervisor
PHL

We’re looking for a super talented, energetic, and detail-oriented badass to join our growing Account Services team

We’re a community of designers, writers, strategists, content creators, poets and pragmatists. We live to energize positive change within companies, people and animate all that is awesome. Right now we’re searching for that person who can provide top-level service to a dynamic, international company and handle it all without breaking a sweat. The ideal candidate has already learned how to excel in the dynamic nature of a creative agency environment, and is ready to really grow into taking ownership of accounts and processes. We want someone who’s not just passionate about creative, but about being the reason it gets done right and on time while keeping everybody happy.

Position: Account Supervisor
Reports to: VP Account Services

Essential Duties & Responsibilities Our expectations for your success at 20nine include these must haves:
  • Think Curiously. Create Fearlessly. Compromise Nothing
  • All required billing, estimates, SOW and accounting functioning within the account
  • Manage key support staff
  • Project and Resource Planning
  • Ensure quality control within all creative/deliverables
  • Be a part of the collaborative creative process
  • Project and Resource Planning
  • All external vendor coordination
Qualifications A few must haves we’re looking for:
  • 5+ years of advertising or creative agency experience is required (Title and compensation based on experience).
  • Proven track record of not only running, but growing and totally handling accounts/clients both large and small
  • Experience with the direct management of various teams (Creative + Dev + Account)
  • Understanding of agency billing, SOW and estimate process
  • Complete understanding of print and digital workflows and project process are a must
  • Detailed oriented and highly organized
  • The desire and the ability to collaborate on creative work with a team and be the person keeps the client goals in focus
  • Help manage both internal and client expectations and overall agency work flow
  • Be able to work within a deadline driven environment
  • Amazing verbal communication and written skills
  • Ability to interface with clients directly
  • Full working knowledge of the MS Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of basic HTML, Adobe Creative Suite, print + media production are required
  • Strong desire to work at a smaller creative focused agency setting
  • Ability to help manage and implement QA process(es)
Apply For The Job


Front End Developer
PHL

We’re looking for a talented Front End Developer to join our growing team of designers and strategists.

We create unique sites for our clients that do more than just take up rack space. We’re looking for someone with a passion for programming to help lead our development projects. If you’re someone who can build a site that’s technically well thought-out from wireframe to deployment, and want to work in an awesome creative space with awesomely talented people… then we’d love to talk to you.

Position: Front End Developer
Reports to: Lead Developer

Essential Duties & Responsibilities Our expectations for your success at 20nine include these must haves:
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in an agency or freelance web development role
  • Proven skills in the usual front end list (JS, PHP, jQuery, CSS) as well as familiarity with WordPress
  • An eye for design coupled with a passion for the implementation of creativity into the digital space
  • Knowledge of responsive and adaptive design principles and translating PSDs into fluid and responsive templates
  • The ability to collaborate on work and help lead a team from an interactive perspective
  • Be able to help actually establish project timeframes and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of current web standards, as well as cross platform/device functionality/best practices
  • The ability to interact with clients as well as good internal communications is a must
  • Bonus points for any level of the following: Animation skills (either JS/HTML5), JS frameworks (React/Angular/etc) or Git
  • Desire to work at a smaller creative focused agency setting
  • Ability to help manage and implement QA process(es)
Apply For The Job


29isms

29 heads are better than one

We don’t auto-anything

Anything worth doing is worth doing differently

Team is “meat” spelled sideways

Talk British to me

Technology isn’t the idea. The idea is the idea.

Go forth and simplify