About

Overview

A.D. Creative Group is a full-service marketing firm headquartered in Billings, Montana, with a second office in Gillette, Wyoming. At any one time, our firm has a roster of over 200 active clients and is working hundreds of projects simultaneously. Many of our clients are based in the Northwest region; however, in recent years, we’ve expanded to include a significant number of national and international organizations.

Since 1985, our award-winning creative has been welcomed by millions of people and seen in stores, on the road, in museums and airports, on the web and throughout the media arts across the country. Don’t let our size fool you. Our small firm packs a punch when it comes to marketing, design and brand development.

What we believe

Choose your customers, trust them and treat them well. Say yes, bend the rules, show up on time, keep promises. Don’t exert power merely because you can. Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile.

We don’t want to be compared to other agencies. We want to be the one our clients call when they have a problem because they know we can help find a solution or, at the very least, lend an ear, a perspective and a good cup of coffee.

How we work

Our processes are individualized and crafted to meet the specific needs of each client. Nothing is reused, recycled or repurposed. The relationships we build with our clients cultivate genuine trust and true partnership. It is this trust that enables us to push the creative envelope of what is possible, challenging status quo and achieving unexpected results.

Staff

More than lip service, this talented team of strategists, designers and visual communicators are a powerful asset for any organization. Although you may have one primary point of contact, expect to work closely with many of these individuals throughout the life cycle of projects. At A.D., we believe in a team approach to make sure your brand is managed as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Management

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Eric Finstad
President

Before starting A.D. Creative in 1985, Eric’s life was a mix of Road House, A River Runs Through It and Caddy Shack. So, he knows his stuff about serving, casting and driving (the right message). He’ll 86 the bad ideas, reel in the good ones and never need a mulligan to get the win.

How Eric Got Here:
Invented it.

Creative

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Jenn Fancher
Associate Creative Director

Jenn doesn’t just bring home the bacon, she can track it down with her houndsman husband, half a dozen dogs and two adorable hunters-in-training. Combine that with her fierce eye for design and detailed project management skills and you’ve got an Associate Creative Director that never misses her mark.

How Jenn Got Here:
Blazed her own trail.

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Kevin Meyer
Art Director

Being a Cubs fan says a lot about you. You’re loyal even during the down times. You’re cautiously optimistic. You’re used to being frustrated. You believe in the Billy Goat Curse. And, when the big win comes around, it’s all worth it! All that passion and angst translates into award winning design, making him our MVP.

How Kevin Got Here:
Bases loaded. Bottom of the ninth. Home run.

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Gregor Larsen
Graphic Designer/Video Editor

From the icy confines of a crab boat in Alaska, to the cliff walls above whitewater rapids, to the claustrophobic warmth of an efficiency apartment in SoCal, Gregor definitely took the scenic route to AD. Along the way, he built a portfolio of amazing photography and design. He’s always searching out the backroads where the real adventure is, never settling for the easy route.

How Gregor Got Here:
The sweetest car in the lot.

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Keith Aguilar
Designer

Keith brings his experience creating designs that have been shown coast to coast to help A.D. deliver the most for our clients. Keith’s work style that of his football heroes — he prepares for the next project like Peyton and, if the game clock is down to the last few seconds on a rush job, he channels his inner Elway for a fourth quarter comeback.

How Keith Got Here:
A creative take on the playbook.

Interactive

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Rick Herman
Web Design Manager

Not many agencies have an Olympian on the payroll, but A.D. does! Rick’s mad hockey skills landed him a spot on Billings’ Senior Olympic hockey team. At work, he plays to where the puck is going to be, always aware of the end goal. And, as head lightbulb changer, he’s as familiar with a Stanley screwdriver as he is the Stanley Cup.

How Rick Got Here:
By keeping his stick on the ice.

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Amanda Rush
Frontend Web Developer

After toting her two furry felines on a yearlong European adventure, Amanda is ready to tackle any challenge that crosses her path. She never hesitates to show the same crazy drive and dedication when it comes to writing code. Combining her skills in graphic design, art and programming gives her the perfect toolset to go the extra mile for A.D.’s clients.

How Amanda Got Here:
Crossed the pond.

Media & Content Strategy

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Ryan McGowan
Social Media Manager

From the very beginning Ryan has enjoyed leading the way, she was named Ryan before it was cool, setting out to make her mark for those that followed. She has forged her path with passion and a positive attitude. When she is not positively impacting the brand equity of A.D. clients she tries to keep up with her 14-year-old son and puppy dog as they take on high school, driving, and enjoying Montana.

How Ryan Got Here:
Going the extra mile.

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Maddie Malmstrom
Social Media Assistant

From books to movies, Maddie loves a storybook ending. And, fortunately for you, having a hopeless romantic on the A.D. team has its perks! After all, who doesn’t seek a happily ever after? When Maddie’s not curating social media content for your next glass slipper moment, she can be found creating niche Spotify playlists, binge-reading a new series, or spending time outdoors in true fairy tale fashion.

How Maddie Got Here:
Once Upon a Time...

Administration

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Julie Larsen
Account Executive

As Account Executive, Julie is responsible for making sure the rest of us are responsible too. That means overseeing the traffic of all A.D. projects, which involves...well, it’s a lot! Julie has a full line up of skills — from making etsy-level creations to growing her own food and making a chef-quality meal, to outplaying everyone on the golf course, Julie knows how to get the job done, start to finish.

How Julie Got Here:
In style and on time, of course.

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Autumn Holman
Accounting & Operations Manager

Autumn arrived to A.D. at full throttle and with gear to match — leather jacket and all! Whether she’s riding her custom Cruiser, growing her passion for gardening, or spending time with her two MSU Bobcat kids, teenage son, and office puppy, Cooper, Autumn knows a thing or two about balance. And, Autumn translates her many talents into making sure everything is riding smoothly around the office.

How Autumn Got Here:
One down, the rest was up!