Steve Klipsch


Enemy of neck ties and aficionado of Jack Daniels, our fearless leader sets the direction of Klipsch Marketing & Advisors. With executive experience with nearly ten of his own companies, including his previous role as Executive Vice President of Operations at Klipsch Audio, Steve excels at operations, management, branding, and resource planning. His decision to form KMA was based on the principles of achieving brand excellence, something he learned was key over the course of his distinct career. On an average weeknight, you’ll find him at home with his his wife, Lisa, and kids but you will never find him wearing socks, ever.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Mandi Bender

Secret Talent: Drumming

Drew Coomes


Self proclaimed: Chief Coffee Drinker, Drew Coomes lives and breathes Klipsch Marketing & Advisors. With the motto of “Don’t F*** it Up”, you could say he is serious about bringing the highest quality talent together on the KMA team to ensure success for the company and its clients. An expert in connections, he has developed countless relationships in business, sports, and entertainment. Where is he making some of these connections? Well, when asked about his typical evenings Drew responded, “Location TBD. Wine guaranteed”.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Peng Wu

Bar Order: Pappy Van Winkle and a lit cigar

Jerry Kauth

Executive Director of Accounts and Services

Jerry lives by the motto, “Don’t get stuck on the problem. . .spend your energy finding a solution.” As Executive Director of Accounts and Services, Jerry brings this mindset to every project he works on. From executing large-scale events to building strategic initiatives, Jerry makes sure that all of his clients get the most out of their investment. In addition to being KM&A’s resident golf, hunting and IU sports expert, Jerry enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

Preferred Shuffle Board Partner: Whitney

Bar Order: Whiskey and Ginger Ale

Mandi Bender

Director of Partnerships & Development

Mandi’s background in managing teams in the food and beverage, motorsports and experiential marketing industries makes her the exact person we want bossing us around. She has overseen and executed events ranging from small to large-scale, including the 2015 FIA Formula E Miami ePrix. Living day to day by her motto “Don’t give me homework,” she works strategically to get creative answers from her team that she can set into motion. A major cheese head, she prefers her Old Fashion “Wisconsin Style” and can be spotted around downtown in one of her many signature blazers any day of the week.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Drew Coomes

Hidden Talent: Impromptu Bartender

Torrey Ratay

Creative Lead

Torrey Ratay, whose philosophy is rooted in the idea that there is ‘no wrong time for champagne’, is a Purdue University graduate. She is our keeper and creator of brands with a craze for consistency. With experience in agency and freelance work she has gained the skills to build design processes and to develop/execute strategies alongside her fellow coworkers. Her passions include planning office birthday parties and talking about her very short dog.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Mandi Bender

Secret Talent: Balancing books on her head

Malia McGovern

Account Manager 

If you know Malia McGovern, you know she is always on the go. From managing clients and events to jogging around her downtown neighborhood, Malia is our GO girl. She has a passion to learn and the drive to accept any challenge. Her comprehensive experience in activation is the catalyst of success for the clients of Klipsch Marketing and Advisors. Taking care of clients, chapstick, and black coffee make Malia happy, because if Malia ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Torrey Ratay

Cause she Cares About: Love Your Melon: hats for childhood cancer research .

Katy Smith

Account Manager

Primed with a smile and the tenacity to tackle any challenge, Katy’s meaningful approach to exceeding client expectations is rivaled only by her mission to make a difference. From the accounts she leads to the causes she supports; Katy is dedicated to doing good things for good people. With passion, persistence and a lot of cherry tomatoes to snack on (yeah, you heard that right) – she leverages her expertise to transform regional and national brands alike. Find her at the top of your inbox or winding down with a glass of pinot noir, she will keep you in the know and always on your toes.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Mandi

Recent Local Obsession: Gold Leaf Coffee Co.

Taylor Smith

Account Coordinator

You may recognize Taylor from one of Indy’s most popular boutiques, but to us, Taylor is the perfect puzzle piece for our team. Having graduated from Franklin College with a degree in public relations, this first-generation graduate has put in the work and time to accomplish all of her goals. When she isn’t running social for all of KM&A’s clients, you can find her trying new restaurants around the city and squeezing in a few true crime documentaries. Want to get on her good side? Buy her a Moscow Mule and turn on The Shawshank Redemption.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Whitney

Favorite Book: Girl, Wash Your Face

Elly Blue

Account Coordinator

Need advice on marketing? Elly Blue is your go-to. A recent graduate from Anderson University with an MBA in marketing, this business guru and KM&A account coordinator is continually using her skillset to help build brands and support their content efforts. Not to mention, she created an entire onboarding process and mentorship program in her last gig. If you compliment her cat, Harvey, and talk non-stop Taylor Swift – you may have a new best friend.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Malia

Bar Order: Moscato or Margarita. It all depends on how I’m feeling.

Calvin Badger

Graphic Designer

Podcast enthusiast, corgi dad, fine designer and fine gentleman – Calvin can spot a misaligned paragraph from a mile away. From China to Spain, he’s crossed borders and broken design boundaries but feels equally at home building brands and kerning headlines in Indy. For Calvin, design isn’t just about making things look nice (although he’s a dab hand at that). It’s getting to the core of a brand and translating it effectively across all mediums. The sum of his skills make him a design force unlike most and if he’s not busy cooking up his next concept, he’s likely cooking something tasty in the kitchen.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Torrey

Recent Cocktail of Choice: Moscow Mule