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*Behind each of these leaders is a full team of experts ready to deliver the right solutions to achieve lasting success for your organization. We look forward to introducing them to you.

We’re a positive team of diverse thinkers working collaboratively to solve your complex problems. We have many personalities and talents, and we bring them all together to achieve one goal: drive your goals like no one else can.

Leadership
Jay Perrill
Jay Perrill
Founder, President
Jay Perrill
26 years of experience 26
Jay Perrill
Founder, President
B.S.B., Finance, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management (1991)
M.B.A., Finance & MIS, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management (1993)

Not many people can claim they were among the first in the world building websites — but Jay can. Since then, his lifelong passion has been pushing the web to its full business potential, and he has helped hundreds of businesses grow online. CEOs love Jay’s business/technology perspective and the fact that he has master’s degrees in finance and MIS. And entrepreneurs love the fact that he started Perrill — with no backing — after being told by a previous employer that the internet was “just a toy.” If you want the straight story on how to bring your brand to the web in a way that produces maximum and continuous ROI, talk to Jay. He means business.

Jay founded Perrill in 1993 and grew it from a one-man business operating out of his home to one of the region’s most successful and capable full-service digital agencies.

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Marc McDaniels
Marc McDaniels
VP, Business Development
Marc McDaniels
19 years of experience 19
Marc McDaniels
VP, Business Development
B.A., Augsburg University

Marc always strives to meet and exceed client expectations by taking a comprehensive needs-based approach to solving complex business challenges. With a long history of B2B sales in the financial and technology sectors, he understands how to deliver superior outcomes when the stakes are high. Having previously worked with everyone from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, Marc excels at finding new ways to provide strategic solutions that help clients envision their return on investment regardless of the size of the project.

If you want to speak with a sales professional who will really listen to you and find the right solution rather than just try to sell you something, then start a conversation with Marc today.

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Gigi Carlson Rillo
Gigi Carlson Rillo
Director, Culture & Client Engagement
Gigi Carlson Rillo
23 years of experience 23
Gigi Carlson Rillo
Director, Culture & Client Engagement
B.A., University of North Dakota

With more than 20 years of experience in the digital landscape, Gigi knows what it takes to craft a winning culture that clients want to work with – and that team members never want to leave. No matter the size or scope of the project, she continually places a primary focus on client needs and on finding new ways to provide strategic solutions that help them reach their goals. Having previously owned her own digital agency, Gigi has the well-rounded background needed to foster a better experience through every touch point of the relationship, from first meeting to final product launch.

Gigi enjoys cooking, entertaining, and long-distance running. She is also a highly talented musician gifted in playing the piano and flute.

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Jessica Brandt
Jessica Brandt
Director, Client Services
Jessica Brandt
15 years of experience 15
Jessica Brandt
Director, Client Services
University of North Dakota (2001)
University of Wisconsin-River Falls (2004)

Jessica has more than 15 years of experience helping build brands, increase sales, and provide measurable results while solidifying strong client relationships. Through her passion and marketing insight, she is able to understand each client’s business and unique needs to help them realize success through creative solutions. Jessica is an empathic listener and a persuasive speaker capable of bringing all of Perrill’s cross-functional teams together to produce great work for our clients.

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John Kreuch
Director, Technology
John Kreuch
12 years of experience 12
John Kreuch
Director, Technology
University of Minnesota (2008)
M.B.A., Minnesota State University, Mankato (2020)

John brings more than a decade of professional development experience to the table, finding passion in the problem-solving aspects of his work to provide clients with solutions no one else can. He is a firm believer that anything is possible if you’re willing to apply the right resources, and takes both investment and payoff into consideration whenever approaching a new project. His role allows him to apply his vast scope of expertise in development and programming on an everyday basis, bolstering Perrill’s service offering and overall mastery of the web.

John enjoys watching Gopher football and has visited several countries across the globe, including Ireland, Thailand, and Jamaica.

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Nate Tower
Nate Tower
Director, Marketing
Nate Tower
8 years of experience 8
Nate Tower
Director, Marketing
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis (2004)

With a diverse background in SEO, creative writing, and branding, Nate has honed and crafted a complete array of digital communications skills, making him one of the most versatile members of Perrill’s leadership team. His ability to pinpoint critical business needs and translate them into effective and innovative online messaging and marketing strategies is a true differentiator for our clientele. Nate’s expertise lies in transforming client objectives into lasting business realities.

When he’s not crafting winning strategies for clients, Nate enjoys running, juggling, writing fiction, dominating fantasy football, and listening to ’90s rock music.

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Mark_Sandau
Mark Sandau
Director, Creative
Mark_Sandau
23 years of experience 23
Mark Sandau
Director, Creative
B.F.A., Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Mark’s first job landed him in Silicon Valley amid the height of the Dot Com Era, and he has since been rooted deeply in the realm of digital media. He is an accomplished digital designer with a strong technical background and decades of experience producing compelling advertising and branding work. Mark’s unique combination of skills allow him to seamlessly engage with creatives, stakeholders, and developers, thriving in communication at all levels as very few can. He is a strong believer that purpose-driven design and focused collaboration produce great work, a sentiment he has put into practice for high-profile brands that include BMW, Target, Best Buy, General Mills, and more.

Mark is a high-speed driving instructor for the BMW Car Club and also owns an extensive collection of vintage Apple equipment and literature. He even still has his very first computer – an Atari 400.

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Amy Perrill
Amy Perrill
Director, Administration
Amy Perrill
12 years of experience 12
Amy Perrill
Director, Administration
B.S., Metropolitan State University (1997)

Amy plays a critical role in overseeing day-to-day operations at Perrill. She helps craft internal policies, monitors operating expenses, and negotiates contracts and agreements with vendors. Amy also liaisons regularly with human resources and other departments while keeping executives up-to-date on business performance. As a whole, Amy helps drive decision-making and improves the way we work.

Amy has always wanted a large family, and she feels very lucky to have one!

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Alex Pagliano
Alex Pagliano
Senior Director, Business Analysis
Alex Pagliano
6 years of experience 6
Alex Pagliano
Senior Director, Business Analysis
B.S., University of Minnesota Crookston (2016)
J.D., Mitchell Hamline School of Law (2017)
M.B.A., Southern New Hampshire University (2018)

Alex’s background and specialty are closely tied to paid media — a department he has built into a revenue-generating powerhouse. He has personally orchestrated numerous groundbreaking initiatives for our clients and repeatedly delivers exponential ROI through personalized, data-driven strategy. Alex serves as a technical and critical-thinking resource in the area of business analysis, providing value for Perrill’s clients in his strategy and subsequent delivery.

Alex is a native of Buffalo, NY, and a diehard Bills fan. He has been a featured panelist for several SiteImprove events, and has also consulted on user acquisition strategy for numerous global brands.

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Adam_Hrpcek
Adam Hrpcek
Director, Project Management
Adam_Hrpcek
13 years of experience 13
Adam Hrpcek
Director, Project Management
B.A.S., University of Minnesota (2007)
In Adam’s decade-plus of experience honing his expertise in every aspect of project management, he has learned to lead client initiatives through all phases, from contract signing to successful launch. His wide breadth of knowledge ranging from customer support and quality assurance to project implementation ensures our clients’ goals are achieved on schedule and variance-free. Adam helps oversee all sides of Perrill’s most ambitious and complex projects, showcasing a genuine dedication and commitment to our clients’ success at every turn.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Adam enjoys working on household projects, fishing, and supporting the Golden Gopher hockey team.
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Rob Wagner
Rob Wagner
Director, Design & UX
Rob Wagner
22 years of experience 22
Rob Wagner
Director, Design & UX
A.A., NHCC (1997)

Rob steps in as your creative lead when you work with the Perrill team, and that’s a comforting thought. Not only does he have formal training in fine arts, graphic design, and music, but he’s also worked specifically in digital media since the days of 56K modems. You can rest assured that Rob will avoid creativity for creativity’s sake, and he will employ usability-driven design techniques that serve your bigger business purpose.

Outside of his craft, Rob volunteers as a music teacher at Hammer, providing guitar lessons to residents.

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