We’re a
brand
and innovation consultancy.

We help organizations build enduring brands that excel in the emergent culture.

It happens through innovation, branding and experiences—all housed in one place.

Our Clients

Working with B2Bs and B2Cs, startups and Fortune 50s.

Key People

The individuals who lead our vision.

Sarah Tomes

Chief Executive Officer

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Sarah Tomes

Sarah Tomes

Chief Executive Officer

In her role as chief executive officer, Sarah Tomes is responsible for the overall operations and performance of the company—from organizational design to business processes to establishing the strategic vision for its future.

Overseeing a staff of highly diverse teams across five international offices, she brings an objective and integrative strategy to global leadership, identifying and embracing opportunities to improve communication, collaboration, culture and efficiency within the organization.

Sarah began her career with LPK as a finance co-op in 1996 and rose through the ranks, building global brands across industries and categories. She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 39 and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Thomas More College.

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Nathan Hendricks

Chief Creative Officer

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Nathan Hendricks

Nathan Hendricks

Chief Creative Officer

Nathan Hendricks believes there is no excuse for a lousy brand. As chief creative officer at LPK, he brings nearly three decades of experience across virtually every category, merging diverse disciplines to approach brands with innovative methodologies, such as desires thinking.

He has developed winning creative for a long and varied roster of clients, including Gillette, Titleist, Pringles, Beam Suntory, AB InBev, Herbal Essences, Olay and Coleman. In every effort, Nathan challenges his teams to uphold LPK’s philosophy: that every brand should make a powerful and positive difference for the people it serves.

A candid cultural commentator, he’s never afraid to tell it like it is. His industry insights and design methodologies have been quoted in publications like Fast Company, Quartz, AdAge, DMI, HOW Magazine and UX Magazine, among others.

Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from The Ohio State University, where he majored in visual communications and cultivated an affection for industrial beer.

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Valerie Jacobs

Chief Insight & Innovation Officer

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Valerie Jacobs

Valerie Jacobs

Chief Insight & Innovation Officer

Driving a constant state of evolution within LPK and the industry, Valerie Jacobs founded both our trends and foresight practices, providing clients a deeper consumer understanding and establishing a clear point of difference for LPK. She also oversees the development and expansion of practices that are dedicated to uncovering and building out innovative new offerings for clients.

Valerie works with an intuition and quick wit that senses and articulates change in consumer behaviors, values, lifestyles and attitudes. Her trend forecasting interweaves research, analysis and translation of trend data—informing the actionable strategies she develops for brands with the nerve to keep up.

Valerie has presented at leading design conferences, spoken on entrepreneurial disruptive innovation and future thinking, and authored a sizable body of publications on innovation for brands across the spectrum.

Valerie is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, she holds a master’s degree in design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). She has taught at DAAP for more than a decade and joined the faculty of Philadelphia University’s Strategic Design MBA program in 2013.

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Brent McCoy

Chief Financial Officer

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Brent McCoy

Brent McCoy

Chief Financial Officer

Brent McCoy directs all aspects of the consultancy’s financial services operations, including establishing and measuring against short- and long-term financial objectives.

As chief financial officer, Brent has been a key driver in the formation of LPK’s global presence, developing business partnerships in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Singapore and China. He also continues to oversee LPK’s foreign operations, including establishing and managing budget policies and procedures.

In addition, Brent is responsible for compliance with applicable federal, state and foreign government regulations for the organization—providing legal direction in a broad range of corporate areas, such as corporate structure, leases and client contracts.

Brent is a graduate of Thomas More College, where he earned degrees in business administration and accounting. He is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.

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Amy Steinmetz

VP, Managing Director, LPK Europe

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Amy Steinmetz

Amy Steinmetz

VP, Managing Director, LPK Europe

As the vice president and managing director, Amy Steinmetz oversees the many dimensions of the LPK Europe experience, optimizing business and nurturing client relationships.

Amy manages key brand initiatives at LPK’s global offices across the US and Asia, in addition to overseeing LPK operations in continental Europe.

With a unique history that crosses varied markets, Amy applies focused expertise to a spectrum of capabilities and categories—from brand renovation to breakthrough innovation, spirits to shampoo. Known for her delivery of impactful, often award-winning strategies, Amy brings passion and rigor to every project, every phase. Her long roster of clients includes global brands such as Herbal Essences, Pringles, Emmi, Maggi and Beam Suntory.

Amy is a graduate of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program from the University of Cincinnati.

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Ben Sauer

VP, Managing Director/Executive Creative Director, LPK Asia

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Ben Sauer

Ben Sauer

VP, Managing Director/Executive Creative Director, LPK Asia

As the vice president and managing director/executive creative director for LPK Asia, Ben’s creative capacity is matched by an innate understanding of business strategy. For over two decades, he has provided senior leadership and creative direction for clients across the globe, spanning a range of categories and industries.

Ben leads innovation initiatives with a holistic process that delivers new brand ideas, fills brand pipelines and builds business. His experiential approach to idea generation is inclusive of clients and centered in interdisciplinary co-creation as a key factor leading to action-oriented results and increased probability for initiative success.

Ben has taught at the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University and frequently lectures on brand design, innovation and creativity training. He holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP).

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Our Spirit

We’ve always been powerfully independent—something that shows up in our pursuits, our culture and each of our people.

Deep Roots

Celebrating a 30-year legacy
Quirky photographs of our founders line our walls. For three decades, we’ve sustained a culture of fierce creativity. And the slight insanity that fueled our passion back then? It still guides us now.
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Strong Values

Five principles that guide us all
We live and work on three continents—but worldwide, our diverse employees are united by five core values.
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Collective Responsibility

Claiming a stake in our future
From on-the-ground community partnerships to our zero-footprint creative process, we’re proud to play our part in the bigger picture.
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Our
Awards

Our philosophy: results first, everything else second. We’ve never done what we do for the awards—but they’re certainly nice to receive:

ADDY—AIGA—Edison—American Graphic Design & Advertising—AmeriStar—BrandSpark—B2—CASE Circle of Excellence—Communicator—Creativity International—Design of the Times—Global ACE—Graphic Design USA—HBA Global—IDSA International Design Excellence—London International—Nielsen Design Impact—PC Magazine Editor's Choice—Pentawards—POPAI—Rebrand—Red Dot—Transform—WorldStar