Our Leadership

The Asher Team of Advertising & Marketing Experts

  • Tom Borne
    CEO
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    The key to our unprecedented growth and expansion? Tom’s ability to juggle. He deftly manages operations, keeps everyone laser-focused on strategic direction and, somewhat surprisingly, still makes himself available to every client. Tom is an Indiana University graduate with a master’s from the School of Public Environmental Affairs.

  • Kara Kelley
    President
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    Kara joined Asher in 2007 after having spent six successful years at a highly-respected San Francisco-based public relations agency where, among other things, she honed her skills as an imaginative thinker and decisive problem solver. She quickly rose to become a key member of the Asher management team. And, in 2014, was named one of Fort Wayne’s “40 under 40” business leaders who are making a difference at their job and in their community. In 2016, Kara was named president of Asher.

    Kara is regarded as one of the country’s leading retail franchisee experts and has been a driving force behind an impressive period of sustained growth with long-term client Subway® restaurants. Kara’s vision and leadership are respected and in demand at the corporate level. And franchisees across the country have come to rely on her keen marketing insights. Kara is an astute team builder who works tirelessly to grow her clients’ business and the Asher brand.

  • Jill Brown
    Senior VP, Media Director
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    Jill manages Asher’s media team. She keenly applies the full force of her expertise in local, regional, national and international media on behalf of all of our clients. Jill has a degree in Advertising & Journalism from Ball State University and, through her dedication to continuing education, stays current in the complicated nuances of an ever-changing media landscape.

  • Anthony Juliano
    VP, General Manager
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    Our resident marketing and social media strategist, Anthony has a streamlined approach to work: find the right strategy, the right message and the right channel to reach a specific audience. Anthony has completed two master’s degrees. He’s taught college classes. Run five marathons. And he’s just getting started.

  • Kelly Gayer
    VP, Creative Director
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    This is actually Kelly’s second term as Creative Director at Asher. During his first, successful 10-year run he rose from Art Director to the helm of the creative department. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to strike out and found Smartguys Advertising & Design. We had to have him back. So, in 2012, we bought his agency.

  • Dan Schroeter
    VP, Creative Director
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    A native Detroiter, Dan worked at McCann-Erickson and Bozell before becoming Creative Director of the $500 million Dodge national retail account at BBDO. His work has been honored in the London International Awards, the Kelly Awards, New York Festivals, National ADDY Awards and the Detroit CADDY Awards.

  • Margaret Davidson
    VP, Strategic Development
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    A skilled manager who’s leading the charge in our Indianapolis office. Margaret polished her advertising skills at MZD Advertising, where she rose to become an agency Partner. She was the CMO at the Indiana State Fair before joining Asher. Margaret is a past president of the Indiana Federation of Advertising Agencies.

  • Steve Morrison
    VP, General Manager
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    Steve is the driving force behind the strategies and marketing plans developed for many of our clients, including those in our West Virginia office. His diverse skills include a strong background in franchisee marketing, financial services, retail and industrial advertising. Steve holds a BA in journalism from West Virginia University.

  • Megan Bennett
    CFO
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    Megan brings a wealth of experience in securities finance, corporate development, and product management to her role as Chief Financial Officer at Asher. An Indianapolis native, and former resident of Syndey, Australia, Megan holds a degree in finance and marketing from Boston College and an MBA from Indiana University.

  • Katie O’Muireagain
    Director of Operations and Business Development
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    Katie believes in building client relationships and earning their trust as an advisor. How? By problem solving and generating ideas that help them achieve real, measurable results. Which makes her perfect to lead the Asher account team in client retention and new business acquisitions. Katie graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University before earning her MBA at St. Francis University.

  • Lisa Starr
    Digital Media Director
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    Lisa is a collaborative leader and believes the “right” solution to a challenge can come from anyone. At any time. After studying at the University of Cincinnati she couldn’t resist the draw of moving back home to Fort Wayne. And, she quickly found her second home at Asher. While working her way up through the ranks at the agency she has developed a thorough knowledge of both traditional and digital media.

  • Brandon Peat
    Director of Web Development
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    As a creative who’s also an analytical thinker, Brandon, a graduate of the University of Saint Francis, believes web design and development offers the perfect left brain/right brain synergy. He strives to foster a collaborative spirit among the team’s designers and developers as a way to enhance the end product Asher offers clients.

Our People

We come from far and wide. Armed with amazing skill sets. Valuable experiences. And unique personalities.