Research-based advertising.
Results-based awesomeness.

We’re OBI Creative, and we move people to engage with businesses and brands in new, exciting ways. Founded by Mary Ann O’Brien in 2001 as a project for California-based Gateway Computers (you know, the tech company with the famous cow boxes), we’ve since grown into an internationally-recognized research, strategic communications and advertising agency with offices in Omaha, Des Moines and San Diego.

Today, we boast a client roster of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and nonprofits from across the region and around the globe; an ever-growing collection of hardware—56 marketing and creative awards in 2016 alone as well as a Silver Stevie Award for Company of the Year in the Advertising, Marketing and PR category; and, most importantly, results for our clients. Like you.

Let’s connect.




Mary Ann O'Brien

Founder and CEO

Kevin Hutchinson

Kevin Hutchison

VP of Client Relations and Business Development

Sean Conlin

Sean Conlin

VP of Technology and Innovation

Ann Pedersen

Ann Pedersen

VP of Delivery Solutions

Sarah Whipkey

Sarah Whipkey

Executive Creative Director/Copy

Erica Rowe

Erica Rowe

Creative Director/Design


AnnMarie Fereday

Director of Planning and Activation


Joe Menaugh

Director of Operations and Administration

Client Experience

New Business

Kevin Hutchison

Vice President of Client Relations and Business Development



Ann Pedersen

Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations