THIS IS WHO WE ARE

AN AD AGE AGENCY OF THE YEAR. A BUSINESS MARKETING AGENCY OF THE YEAR. WORK THAT’S BEEN FEATURED IN CA, THE ONE SHOW, THE NATIONAL ADDYS, THE DIELINE AND MORE. A RELENTLESS DRIVE TO REINVENT. A STRONG SENSE OF COMPETITIVE ANGER TEMPERED WITH HUMILITY, HUMOR AND A WEAKNESS FOR CINNAMON BEARS AND M&M’S. FOR THE SAKE OF SEO, WE NEED TO MENTION THAT WE’RE A FULL-SERVICE INTEGRATED ADVERTISING AGENCY. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SOULS, WE NEED TO MENTION THAT WE DON’T BELIEVE IN THE OXFORD COMMA.

THIS IS WHO YOU’RE DEALING WITH

We believe the best business relationships are built on trust, respect, accountability and a captivating amount of je ne sais quoi. SHS is best with clients and co-workers who take the craft (but not themselves) particularly seriously.

Ali Mahaffy
John January
Jim Vranicar
Lathi De Silva, APR
Rand Mikulecky
Tony Robinson
P. Scott Flemming

Ali Mahaffy

Co-CEO

Ali has worked at some great agencies. But her career has also taken her to the client side, which gives her a great perspective on the pressures and challenges our clients face and how the agency should be positioned to help. Ali plays a key role in fostering the unique professional and personal relationships we build with clients. She also ensures that the agency has all the resources it needs to be a lean, mean and highly effective machine. As the “Yin” of SHS, Ali keeps all of us grounded, balanced and happy.

John January

Co-CEO

John helped SHS establish its national reputation for creative excellence. A sought-after speaker and industry thought leader, John helps our clients see not just what’s coming down the road but also what’s around the next corner. As the “Yang” of SHS, John leads the charge to reach higher, push boundaries and discover what’s next.

Jim Vranicar

Vice President, Connections Planning

In his youth, Jim spent a great deal of time laboring in the fields of northeast Nebraska. Those summers walking bean fields and detasseling corn helped to shape Jim’s strong work ethic, one we enjoy seeing on display every day at SHS. After 25 years in agency media planning roles for a long list of B2B and B2C clients, Jim is primarily focused on leading the development and implementation of Connections Plans for all SHS clients, including Blue KC, The Kansas City Chiefs, Merial Animal Health, SONIC Drive-In and Tide Dry Cleaners. Most recently, Jim spearheaded the very first U.S. Addressable-Interactive TV campaign in the agricultural industry for Merial.

Lathi De Silva, APR

Vice President, Reputation Management

If you have a story to tell, you want Lathi on your side. This accredited public relations practitioner has been helping uncover, package and amplify brand stories in the public and private sectors for going on 18 years. She’s guided clients through crises and issues, directed product launches and stood at the helm of statewide and regional coalitions to garner public support on health issues. From award-winning PR campaigns for Southwest Airlines, Cargill and Cessna to passing a special sales tax to build a 15,000-seat arena, she knows what it takes to build consensus, win minds and make stuff happen.

Rand Mikulecky

Managing Partner

Rand has been with SHS for more than three decades. In that time, he has worked with many of the agency’s most successful accounts, including Borden Cheese, Cargill, Cessna, Coleman and Merial Animal Health. Today, Rand is responsible for fostering great agency-client relationships and ensuring that the agency team has the resources needed to drive our clients’ businesses. Rand might be an account type, but he has a family full of creatives. His wife was a partner in a nationally renowned graphic design firm, his son is an award-winning photographer and his daughter is an aspiring social media whiz.

Tony Robinson

Vice President, Director of Finance

SHS is known for our fun-loving culture, just-quirky-enough-to-work ideas and slaying sheep six different ways to Sunday. But while that is quite fun, it isn’t possible without a strong leader crunching numbers behind the scenes. That’s where Tony comes in. He brings nearly 20 years of financial acumen to SHS and leads the agency’s financial operations, including accounting, forecasting and regulatory compliance. He’s also up there in pureness of heart, serving on the board of directors of the Tyler Robinson Foundation, which supports families experiencing pediatric cancer.

P. Scott Flemming

Vice President, Executive Creative Director

During his 17 years of directing strategic creative for SHS clients, Scott has crafted campaigns for admired consumer and business-to-business brands such as Coleman, Cessna, Beechcraft and Cargill. He’s piloted so many successful brand identity updates that his ability to guide a large team to a win is practically instinctual. The writers get edgy when he goes nonverbal and starts sketching, but he deftly brings art and copy together to win them over as easily as he does the target audience.

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THIS IS WHO CHOSE US

These are clients who could choose to work with any agency in the country. That’s why we’re proud to say they chose to work with us.

  • AMC Theatres

  • Bayer Animal Health

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

  • Blue Rhino

  • Brunswick Commercial Government Products

  • Burns & McDonnell

  • Cal-Ann Farms

  • Cargill Meat Solutions

  • Coca-Cola

  • Dairy Farmers of America

  • Doc’s Friends

  • Dr. Pepper

  • Engine Alliance, LLC

  • Flint Hills National Golf Course

  • Granola Jones

  • Hemme Dairy, LLC

  • hilmor

  • INTRUST Bank

  • KC Wine Co

  • Kansas City Chiefs

  • Kansas Health Foundation

  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

  • Merial

  • Newell Brands

  • Pratt & Whitney

  • Quest Diagnostics

  • Shatto Farms

  • SONIC

  • TECT Corp

  • Tide Dry Cleaners

  • Yeti Frozen Custard