Meet Our
Food Marketing Specialists

Dennis Hardy President / CEO EvansHardy+Young

Dennis Hardy

President / CEO

With over 30 years of food marketing experience, Dennis has led EHY teams serving all food related accounts including California Walnuts, California Eggs, Idaho Potatoes, California Raisins, Hughes Markets and several restaurant chains. He is also our resident beekeeper and closely monitors the agency’s rooftop hives.
KT Thayer Chief Creative Officer

KT Thayer

Chief Creative Officer

Over the last 20 years KT has helped guide the vision for brands like IHOP, PF Changs, Red Robin, Pei Wei and Garden Fresh. As a result, he’s acquired an overdeveloped appreciation for pancakes, lettuce wraps, burgers and croutons. However, since moving to Santa Barbara 88% of KT’s diet consists of tacos.
Tori Brumfield Vice President Management Supervisor EvansHardy+Young

Tori Brumfield

VP / Management Supervisor

Tori started her advertising career at Publicis working on a variety of national consumer brands. In her current role as Management Supervisor on California Walnuts, Martinelli’s, Lamb Weston brands Grown In Idaho and Alexia she provides strategic leadership and hands-on management with particular emphasis on advertising programs incorporating digital and social media with print and broadcast.
Lily Katz-Smolenske Sr Vice President / Media Director EvansHardy+Young

Lily Katz-Smolenske

SR VP / Media Director

Before joining EHY, Lily served as Senior Partner/Media Director at J. Walter Thompson/LA, Senior VP/Account Director at Western International Media and VP/Media Director at TBWA/Chiat Day, and on the client side as Group Media Manager for the Joseph E. Seagram Company. Lily is a committed Foodie and speaks perfect French, which is not surprising since she grew up there.
John Stranger VP/Group Supervisor EvansHardy+Young

John Stranger

VP / Group Account Supervisor

A veteran of food and packaged goods marketing, John learned the trade with 20 years at iconic New York agencies, working on clients like M&M Mars. Moving west, he supervised the accounts of several of the nation's largest supermarket chains, including Safeway, Jewel and Albertson’s, as well as Robert Mondavi Wines, Dole Foods and Nestlé. Now a confirmed Californian, John rarely puts up the top of his convertible.
Keith Butler Vice President Digital Strategist EvansHardy+Young

Keith Butler

VP / Digital Strategist

With senior roles at America Online and, Keith is one of the leaders of the tech revolution. But we recruited Keith (twice, actually) not for his past achievements, but for his current leadership capabilities in the digital world. His team’s redesign of the California Walnuts website earned a perfect score of 100 from Google Analytics. Keith can also play “Stairway To Heaven” on his Strat, and how many tech guys do you know who can do that?
Su Kennedy PR Director EvansHardy+Young

Sue Kennedy

PR Director

We liberated Sue from some of New York’s most successful PR agencies where she worked on accounts like Smucker’s, Dannon, Kellogg and, perhaps surprisingly, the U.S. Army. Sue drives our Public Relations programs for Idaho Potatoes and Martinelli’s from our East Coast service office about 90 minutes from NYC.
Emily Nordee PR Director EvansHardy+Young

Emily Nordee

PR Director

After earning degrees in both Nutritional Science and Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Emily spent several years working at top NYC communications agencies. Now she’s brought that big city energy and in-depth knowledge of food marketing to us, where she plays a leading role on the California Walnuts, Lamb Weston and Avocados From Peru PR businesses. Emily not only talks about food, she also cooks and previously ran her own Speakeasy Supper Club.
Andrea Schepke PR Director EvansHardy+Young

Andrea Schepke

PR Director

After serving as Managing Director in the Los Angeles and Chicago offices of Hill & Knowlton and supervising accounts like the Almond Board and Network For A Healthy California (5-A-Day) for Porter Novelli, Andrea joined us to take the reins of the National Honey Board foodservice account. Her strategically directed combination of events, media relations and advertising have helped create significant buzz in a very important market for our client.
Krik Evans VP/Associate Creative Director EvansHardy+Young

Kirk Evans

VP / Assoc Creative Director

Kirk held senior creative positions at McCann-Erickson and Ogilvy in Los Angeles before joining EHY. He has produced award winning work for multiple EHY Clients including Idaho Potatoes, California Walnuts and several restaurant chains. Previous clients included American Express, Coca-Cola, Columbia Pictures and Post Cereals. Despite being born and bred in New Jersey, Kirk is an enthusiastic surfer.

Chris Yasko

VP / Assoc Creative Director

Maria Varni

Creative Supervisor

Bre Rodriguez

SR Social Media Content Manager

Adrienne Stephen

Account Supervisor

Jaime Eschette

Marketing Director

Jessica Stampe

SR Account Executive

Donald De Luccio

VP / Associate Media Director

Candice Nyholt

SR Account Executive

Leo Elovitz

Art Director

Su Sonna

Print Production Manager

Martin Sosa

Graphic Artist

Kristy Casey

Media Supervisor

Heather Salvatore

Web Developer

Leandra Booty

Account Executive

Madison Carlentine

JR Media Negotiator

Bobby Georges

Media Negotiator

Carina Ost

Social Media Supervisor

Isabella Del Mese

Social Media Content Specialist

Lora Lam

Account Executive / Traffic Manager

Marcee Davis

PR Account Executive

Apoorva Chiplunkar

PR Assistant Account Executive

Taylor DeVries

PR SR Account Executive

Nicole Platania

Social Media Coordinator

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