Connected Team | Klipsch Marketing & Advisors

Steve Klipsch

CEO



Enemy of neck ties and aficionado of Jack Daniels, our fearless leader sets the direction of KM&A. 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 KM&A 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.

Secret Talent: Drumming


Drew Coomes

President



Self proclaimed: Chief Coffee Drinker, Drew Coomes lives and breathes KM&A. With the motto of “Don’t F*** it Up”, you could say he is serious about bringing the highest quality talent together on the KM&A 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”.

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 our 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.

Bar Order: Whiskey and Ginger Ale


Mandi Bender

Director of Partnerships & Development



Mandi’s background in forming connections within the hospitality, sports and experiential marketing industries makes her the exact person we want hitting the pavement to find us the coolest new clients. She has sourced, planned and executed partnerships and activations from local to global, therefore, we all shut up and listen when she hands out her expertise during our brainstorms. Mandi works strategically to find creative ways to surprise and delight potential new clients and has a knack for maintaining those relationships. A major cheese head, she prefers her Old Fashion “Wisconsin Style” and can be spotted around town in one of her many signature blazers any day of the week.

Hidden Talent: Impromptu Bartender




Torrey Ratay

Creative Lead



Torrey Ratay lives life by the creed there is ‘no wrong time for champagne’ - which makes sense becuase that girl loves to celebrate. 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.

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 projects and events to jogging around her downtown neighborhood (3 times a day, may we add and yes, you heard that right, 3!) 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 KM&A. Taking care of clients, an energizing workout and black coffee make Malia happy, because if Malia ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

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) – 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.

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.

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.

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.

Recent Cocktail of Choice: Moscow Mule