Culture & People

Explore with a purpose or get lost on purpose.
Explore with a purpose or get lost on purpose.
~ Shawn
Life doesn’t get easier. You just get stronger.
Life doesn’t get easier. You just get stronger.
~ Robert
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
~ Wayne Gretzky, Michael Scott, Michael Mezzanotte
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
Creativity is intelligence having fun.
~ Lindsay (Albert Einstein)
It's better with cheddar!
It's better with cheddar!
~ Jeremy
Define the rules, understand the rules, and break them with intent.
Define the rules, understand the rules, and break them with intent.
~ Jeff
Acting is where you are acting like you're not acting!
Acting is where you are acting like you're not acting!
~ David
Design-thinking is the beginning, the middle, the end & everything after.
Design-thinking is the beginning, the middle, the end & everything after.
~ Chris
Our Augustine Family
Elba Intriago | President
Debbie Augustine-Nelson | Founder and Executive Creative Director

Growing up the youngest of three sisters on a Wilton farm, Debbie wasn’t exactly your average kid. While most of her pals were firing up their Easy Bake ovens, Debbie was firing up her twirling batons (literally!) and tossing swirls of fire high into the air. Debbie has never stopped playing with fire and making sparks fly, but now it’s with her innovative ideas and solid expertise. A creative force for more than 30 years, Debbie heads up one of the top advertising agencies in Northern California and has led her creative team in concepting for all major accounts. Her inventive approach to advertising and leadership has earned her the reputation for award-winning creative, unparalleled service and the distinction as Ad Person of the Year. Naturally creative and a passionate writer, Debbie started Augustine with the same exuberance that she has for life, and that “joie de vivre” continually reflects the vision and philosophy of the entire agency.

As Debbie will tell you, “We work one-on-one with our clients, who are more than business associates. They’re our friends. Together, we soar in a limitless sky.  That’s the true key to success.

Robert Nelson | CEO
Toby Adams | VP of Growth Strategies
Jeff Roberts | VP of Client Services
Chris Lastufka | Graphic Designer
Carla Webb | Assistant Controller
Beth Harris | Growth Strategy Director
Shawn Grant | Director of Digital Marketing
Mike Mezzanotte | Vice President, Creative Director

We’re convinced that Mike is a superhero disguised as our creative director. He creates beauty. He slays deadlines. He puts out fires. He elevates clients and experiences to an entirely new place.  He also once saved someone’s life. See, total superhero.

By day, Mike leads his creative team in concepting campaigns, developing brands and managing his impressive crew of designers. By night, he’s thinking of ways to make everything from almonds to avocados to POS to UI/UX look and sound irresistible through extensive campaign and print/digital art direction and design.

When he’s not leaping tall branding concepts in a single bound, Mike loves holding hands with his wife while taking a long walk on the beach, shredding the gnar on a wakeboard, and playing with his energetic kids, sans his cape, of course.

Lindsay Moore | Account Director

As account director, Lindsay consistently hits it out of the park (and not just because she’s a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan who happens to looks fabulous in black and orange). With an adventurous passion for travel, Lindsay’s a natural when it comes to destination marketing. She’s a master strategist who executes long-term marketing plans for clients in the destination, hospitality, tourism, wine, and food industries, all with spot-on insight and success. Under her leadership, Lindsay and her team consistently scale new heights in the business, delighting clients and attaining numerous ADDY awards from the Sacramento Ad Club.

When taking time off from developing the ultimate tourism experience, Lindsay’s most likely playing with her beloved pups, pushing through a spinning class, or catching a Giants game with her husband and family.

Toni Romero | Designer/Developer
Erica Paoli | Art Director
Kevin Wilhelm | Chief Operating Officer

Kevin is what happens when your EVP is an MVP, too.  He’s a designer, a devoted dad, a dreamer, a discoverer.  And that’s just the “D’s.”

Kevin lives up to his alias – Chief Doer of All Things – with great success every day. With more than 22 years of agency experience under his belt, Kevin is a seasoned pro who’s worked in many agencies designing, developing and programming award-winning corporate brands, advertising campaigns, digital marketing and retail promotions for clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. At our agency, Kevin serves as a strategic advisor on key accounts while managing aspects of creative, digital, production, technology and operations. We also love the fact that Kevin puts his heart (and it’s a big one) into growing and nurturing our company culture, ensuring that our agency is a place where teams thrive like never before.

Off the clock, Kevin will tell you about his great loves – his amazing wife and two beautiful daughters, his church, his faith, airplanes, history, road trips, and creating a world where there’s always enough time to play.

Jeff Emmerling | Art Director
Debi Fetterman | Director of First Impressions
Jeremy Jones | Associate Creative Director
Sam Maloney | Senior Art Director
Sarah Andrews | Account Executive
Tisha Ackerman | Contracts Coordinator
Kelley Beall | Graphic Designer
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