Stephen Fechtor, Principal
In April of 2003, Stephen Fechtor took his 20+ years of experience in the advertising industry and invested it in his own advertising agency. Since that time, Fechtor Advertising has been working with clients such as Budros, Ruhlin & Roe, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Donatos, Easton Town Center, Graeter's Ice Cream, Leo Alfred Jewelers, McGraw-Hill, Schottenstein Real Estate Group, United Way of Central Ohio, JobsOhio, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.
Previously, Stephen held leadership positions at various advertising agencies, where he spearheaded and developed award-winning work for regional and national clients.
As a partner and Chief Creative Officer at Ten United (now Moxie), Stephen oversaw the creative product of all offices, and led the development of brand campaigns for AEP, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Carnival Cruise Lines, Huntington Banks, Florida Lottery, Target, and The Ohio State University.
As a Creative Director at DMB&B, Stephen worked with clients like Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser & Michelob), M&M/Mars (M&M's and Skittles), Banquet Foods and Naturalizer shoes.
And as Corporate Creative Director for Fahlgren Martin (now Fahlgren Mortine), Stephen oversaw the creative product in all offices, leading the work for Ameritech, McDonald's and Nestle Ice Cream.
Stephen began his advertising career at Interpublic's Lowe & Partners in New York City, where he rose to the position of Creative Director, managing creative people and product in New York and Cleveland. While at Lowe, he created award-winning work for clients like Citibank Visa and MasterCard, Comerica Bank, Minute Maid Orange Juice, Sprite, Diet Sprite, Bob Evans Farms, Gillette, Parker Pen, Ponderosa Steakhouse and the City of New York.
Stephen has won virtually every significant industry award, including numerous ONE SHOW awards, National ADDYs, the London International Festivals, the New York International Festivals, Mercury Awards, Art Director's Annual, the British D&AD (finalist), and ADWEEK Midwest Copywriter of the Year. His work has also been featured in PRINT and ARCHIVE magazines, and has been used in graphics and advertising texts.
Before entering advertising, Stephen was an award-winning composer/lyricist, and has written music for the theater, film, Sesame Street records, and the advertising industry.
He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University.
Amy Ireland, Account Management & Strategy
Amy is a student of life, an observer of people, a strategist, a researcher, and an insightful business and marketing professional. She's also a mom, which makes her an expert at negotiating any situation that arises – quickly, calmly and with authority.
In her 15+ years of experience, Amy has driven the growth of successful products and brands from both the client side and agency side. Prior to Fechtor, she directed agency work for Nationwide Children's Hospital over the course of a decade, transforming it from a local brand into one with a national reputation.
Amy has a broad range of experience in retail, consumer packaged goods, economic development, education, healthcare and non-profit organizations.
Special interests include cause marketing, marketing technology and creating an atmosphere where great strategy leads to great work and great results.
Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, her two children and extended family.
She's also a bird-lover. Ask her about it some time.
Amy Thompson, Production & Project Management
Right brain. Left brain. Middle brain. Amy’s got 'em all. With a strong background in theater and broadcast production, she’s also a writer, project manager, and “keeper-of-the-peace," managing the collaboration between creative and account teams and outside artists, as well as overseeing budgets and production schedules.
In her 25+ years of advertising industry experience, Amy has worked with clients such as the Ad Council, Anheuser-Busch, the City of Cleveland, the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Arts Council, Heath Bar/Leaf, McDonald’s, The Ohio State University, Ralston Purina and United Way of Central Ohio.
Awards include the International Film and Television Festival of New York, Emmys, ADDYs, TELLYs and Art Direction Magazine, among others. And her documentaries have been awarded grants from the Ohio Humanities Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Kentucky Foundation for Women and Kentucky Humanities Council.
In her not-so-spare time, Amy is an avid reader, gardener, cook and community volunteer.
Mike Sanford, Creative Direction
Mike has spent the last couple of decades creating award-winning advertising and branding campaigns that are strategically insightful, conceptually unique, attention-getting, memorable, and results-oriented.
You'd recognize his work for clients like McDonald's, Sony, Scotts Lawn Care, NAPA Auto Parts, Elmer's Glue, Hardee's Food Systems and Cooper Tire. His category expertise includes tourism, retail, automotive, sports, healthcare, financial services and more.
At Fechtor, Mike works on...uh...just about everything.
His work has been recognized by The New York Festivals, The Clios, the Telly Awards, and the ADDYs – and has been featured in industry publications like Advertising Age, Adweek, Brandweek and Communication Arts.
Mike is a graduate of Concord University.
He lives in Powell with his wife, Karen, their son, Owen, and a rescue dog named Rooney, who is incredibly loving and friendly. Unless you're a cat.
Walter Stanley, Refuses to be pigeonholed.
Walter was born in Ohio (hatched, actually), but his roots are in Costa Rica. He worked briefly for a fly-by-night agency before landing at Fechtor, where he critiques much of the work before it goes out the door. When he hates something, he shreds it. When he loves something, he shreds it. And he participates in just about everything we do, from strategy development to copywriting to art direction to digital design. He also tweets on behalf of our clients. Walter likes fresh fruit, sunflower seeds, long flights in the park and latin music. We’re lucky to have him.