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

Partner/Executive Vice President

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

Chris Ratay

Vice President

Chris is the voice of reason and the encourager. With more than 30 years of professional experience in marketing and sales, Chris is an expert at connecting. From hotel and hospitality to food and beverage, to business-to-business Chris is perceptive at forming relationships that have lasting impressions in over a dozen different industries. With his “Never compare yourself to bad, compare yourself to great and aspire to that,” mentality, Chris plays an integral role in building our team for greatness.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Whitney

Bar Order: Gin and Tonic

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: Big Boodt

Bar Order: Whiskey and Ginger Ale

Whitney Shelley

Director of Services and Digital Strategy

With her animated and red-hot personality, Whitney organizes, strategizes and drives growth for KM&A by finding ways to improve workflow and maximize efficiency. She’s the office energizer. Whit has an extensive background in experiential marketing and onsite events. Among her many accomplishments, Whit has executed large-scale event activations for Super Bowl XLVII, Super Bowl XLVIII, Coca-Cola, NASCAR and NFL Mobile. She has managed teams of 60+ people and has had events featured by Adweek – with her you’ve got to work a little to ball a lot, she’s got the knack to keep us bold, savvy and connected.

Preferred Shuffle Board Partner: Steve Klipsch, baby!

Bar Order: Bulleit bourbon. Neat.

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 .

Liz Giffen

Account Manager

With her “Who needs me on my A game today?” mindset and quirky personality, Liz keeps our clients informed of all project activity, so that they meet all of their business objectives. At her previous role in the Great Lakes State, she grew the Michigan Lottery’s digital budget from $50,000 to $7 million. When she’s not working with clients, Liz loves to hang out with her dog Toby, cook and drink with friends.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Whitney

Favorite Podcast: Girls Gotta Eat

Katie Foley

PR & Communications Manager

Some would say she’s like a box of chocolates, but most would agree that Katie is a walking reality tv show. In addition to keeping all of KM&A up to date on all things pop culture including Real Housewives drama, Katie is our PR & Communications Manager. From writing press releases to media relations and content creation, she makes sure our clients are getting the best possible press with her extensive PR background. Not only is Katie the founder of the #doglovers group chat in the office, she is also the proud owner of her princess angel labradoodle, Frankie.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Malia McGovern

Cause She Cares About: American Cancer Society

Chad Wysong

Graphic Designer

Chad kicks ass, literally and figuratively. Earning his black belt in karate at the age of 12, Chad lives by the motto, ‘you’ve got to be down, to come back.’ When he isn’t fighting off crime, Chad attends the Herron School of Art and lends his creative and design expertise to our creative team and trusted advisors.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Torrey Ratay

Secret Talent: Woodworking

Katie Darling

Account Services Coordinator

Fear the ice queen! With over 14 years of competitive figure skating and a fierce collegiate athlete, Katie comes to compete both on and off the field. Whether it’s being an honor student in the Kelley School of Business or doing the latest research for some of our largest clients, BK (aka Baby Katie) is always excelling. When she’s not in the office, you can find her outside cracking a brew with friends and possibly listening to some Kanye West.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: Torrey Ratay

Bar Order: New Glarus Spotted Cow Beer

Caleb Bailey

Account Services Coordinator

Caleb is KM&A’s residential Swiss Army knife, as his skills range from marketing and communications to photography and social media. Having graduated from Ball State University and continuing to sharpen his professional goals as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Caleb thrives off of group wins and creating measurable strategies for KM&A’s clients. In his free time, you can find Caleb traveling with friends, freelancing for small businesses and squeezing in some Mortal Kombat playing time.

Preferred Shuffleboard Partner: K. Foles

Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight