Patrick Dahl is the co-founder of Banner Collective, along with Dave Knickerbocker. Patrick was originally listed atop the employees before a power grab from Dave saw him demoted to the second slot. A career pacifist, Dahl has handled the situation in a peaceful manner, instead focusing on leading the company's creative and production side. Patrick spent five years at the Chicago Blackhawks, mostly as a goalie.
Dahl enjoys eating cheeseburgers and wearing Lululemon clothes even though he doesn’t exercise. He can probably bench press at least 75 pounds and is the coach of his son's tee ball team, The Stingrays.
Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Dahl lived in Los Angeles and worked in television production for NBC Universal. A native of Western Springs, Ill., Dahl received a bachelor’s degree in radio/television/film from Northwestern University. He lives in the western suburbs with his wife, Rachel, and their kids, Henry and Violet.
Dave spent 7 great seasons with the Chicago Cubs in the marketing department specializing in corporate partnerships including the addition of permanent signage to Wrigley Field for the first time in history. He also branched out into marketing and events with the Cubs Convention, Annual Team trips to Disney World and the introduction of cell phones into Major League Baseball dugouts.
With the Chicago Blackhawks for 4 seasons, he headed up both the marketing department and corporate partnerships. In his tenure, the Blackhawks experienced an explosion in both fan base and revenues with the Blackhawks widely recognized as a team that was on the cutting edge in sports business practices. He was directly responsible for the planning and execution of some of the biggest events in franchise history including the Stanley Cup Championship parade in 2010 and the Banner Raising Ceremony.
At Banner Collective, Dave has spearheaded the business and formed partnerships with such companies as the Chicago Cubs, Vienna Beef, Majestic Athletic, Athletico, Shock Doctor, Kimberly Clark, NHL Network, Navy Pier and many more.
While having a say at Banner, at home he takes orders from his wife of 8 years Kimberly, their four year old Elena and baby boy Johnny.
Will Armistead graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communication and a master's degree in ethics and public service from North Central College. He spent seven years at Naperville's NCTV17 after graduation, working first as an editor and videographer, and spending the last four years as the station's sports director. Armistead has also worked with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club producing video content for the team's website and in-stadium scoreboard use. When not at Banner, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Matthew brings four seasons of experience with the Chicago Blackhawks to Banner Collective. As one of the original three members of Blackhawks TV, Matthew captured some of the most memorable moments in team history, including the 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, parades and summers with the Stanley Cup for the films "17 Seconds" and "Hat Trick".
When not producing sports content, Matthew enjoys fantasizing about fantasy sports. He has yet to win his fantasy baseball league after 9 seasons, but he feels that this could be the year.
Matthew also has a dog named Buster.
Michael Fernandez is a Motion Graphicker, Compositor, and Cinematographer originally from the Washington D.C. Area, with a B.A. In Theater and a Masters in Film. In Chicago, when he isn't working here, Michael teaches at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In his free time he likes to work on films, design for theater, ride his bike, play guitar, and eat brussels sprouts. On the weekends, you can find Michael in one of the many awesome coffee shops in Chicago, none of which have 'bucks' in their name.
Ryan began his career in film while attending DePaul University's Digital Cinema program in the School for Cinema and Digital Media. After graduating he freelanced around the Chicagoland area as a motion picture editor, camera operator, and grip and electric assistant for a year and a half. In 2009 he helped film and edit the first comedy DVD ever produced at the original Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago of standup comedian Kevin Bozeman. During the spring of 2010 Ryan began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks, aiding in the creation of Blackhawks TV. He has won two local Emmy's for his work with Blackhawks TV and was apart of the "Monuments to Excellence" short documentary chronicling the life of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita which was exhibited in the IMAX theatre at Navy Pier in Chicago.
When not at work Ryan can be found playing guitar in his band Number One Rival!, shooting short sketches with his friends and colleagues, or watching Dr. Who.
Tom's history before his employment at Banner is murky at best. When asked about his previous work, he has a tendency to alter his story–whether he's been living off falsified disability claims, embezzling Bit Coins with company property or killed a man, he's been an irreplaceable fixture in our family who probably wouldn't leave even if we politely requested him to do so. His expertise spans 3D modeling/animation, video compositing, editing, and motion graphic design even though he's colorblind, which may explain why all his work is gray. He enjoys running, video games and experimenting with computer programming in the hopes of one day developing an app that generates so much money it will enable him to buy our company and threaten employees daily with mild physical violence. He has a cat.
Morgan Sharar-Stoppel began her career at the Chicago Blackhawks, spending 5 years in the marketing department spearheading the development of grass roots promotion with the inception of the Blackhawks Street Team and the popular annual branding of iconic city landmarks like the Picasso statue in Daley Plaza and the Art Institute lions. She also played an integral role in creating outdoor advertising campaigns and the planning and execution of the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship parade.
Morgan entered the world of media promotion and spent 2 years at WGN Radio conceptualizing and executing marketing campaigns containing show giveaways, digital contesting and social media advertising. She even lent her voice for on-air station imagery for the company's former 87.7FM The Game.
A native of Wheaton, IL, the girl with two last names enjoys a good hot-yoga session, getting inspired from weekly Sunday walks around the city, and is always thinking about her next meal. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and currently lives in the heart of Chicago's gold coast.
Cassandra is a recovering Floridian, though she maintains her hometown of Key West shouldn't really be considered "Florida". Since trading in her flip flops for snow boots in 2012, Cassandra has applied her background in customer service to the video production world. Cassandra brings with her extensive experience in operations, travel coordination, event production, and hospitality. When not at Banner, you can find her genuinely obsessing over the snowy Chicago winters, winning at board games, being a begrudging cinephile, and contemplating her next short lived-yet passionate hobby.
Aaron Asbury is a designer, animator and compositor originally from Columbus, Ohio. His interests in storytelling lead him to Savannah College of Art and Design where he completed bachelor’s degrees in Film and Motion Graphics. After graduating, Aaron spent five years in Los Angeles creating graphics for television spots, theatrical campaigns and video games. In 2014, Aaron returned to the Midwest where he began working with Banner Collective as a Motion Graphics Editor. In his free time, Aaron enjoys biking, chess, baseball and traveling.
Jessica has found pure joy working within many realms of design. Her studies in architecture at Miami University of Ohio (which was a college before Florida was a state, in case anyone is confused), ignited her passion for spacial problem solving/design, which lead her heart to 3D-modeling, graphic design, then eventually video editing and motion graphics…which brought her to Banner.
When not working, Jessica obsesses over giant dogs and fluffy cats. She delights in consuming Dark Matter coffee, lifting weights, and day dreaming about Maynard James Keenan's vocal chords. She likes fine-point Sharpies, learning new things, going camping, and ingesting froyo and all the BBQ pulled pork.
In retirement, Jessica hopes to become a dental hygienist.
Alex Hocking has dedicated so much of his finite existence to media, that it would have been far stranger if he didn’t go into video production. He grew up in the lifeless winters of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, surviving on whatever games, cartoons, and movies he could get his pale, spidery hands on. He graduated with a BFA in Digital Cinema from Northern Michigan University before moving to Chicago. He is very excited to grow his skillset as a part of the Banner Collective.
Grace graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Media and Cinema. During her college career she spent 4 years working in Illinois' Athletic Department. Before coming to Banner, she spent her time post-college freelancing with Comcast SportsNet Chicago and the Big Ten Network.
Recently moving to the city, Grace is thrilled to finally be able to call herself a "Chicagoan" after growing up in Chicago's western suburbs. When not working, you'll most likely find her watching reality television, hanging out with her pet hedgehog, or in the Starbucks line.
Tim Reilly graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in Radio/Television/Film and Economics. Growing up in Pittsburgh, he chose video production as a way to avoid working in the steel mills. He has spent his past few summers working at CNN, HLN, CollegeHumor, Daufenbach Camera, and CONSOL Energy, Inc. In his free time, Tim can be seen making short sketches, longboarding, throwing a disc, or taking photos around Chicago. He looks forward to continuing his video work at Banner Collective.
Spencer grew up in the suburbs of Boston before her family decided to move to Oklahoma City during high school. It took her awhile to embrace her new home but eventually decided to stick around and attend the University of Oklahoma and major in Creative Media Production.
After finishing school in 2015, she spent the next year and a half working in the video department of U.S. Soccer in Chicago. While at U.S. Soccer she spent over 150 days on the road with the U.S. Women’s National Team. The highlight of this experience was following the team in Brazil during the 2016 Olympics.
Outside of work, Spencer enjoys exploring Chicago, binging shows on Netflix, and Instagramming pictures of her dog Wrigley (which was a far more unique dog name when living in Oklahoma).
As a 14-year-old, Justin Zipser was given a camcorder as a gift and he's enjoyed shooting video ever since.
After learning from the fine folks at North Central College and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Justin worked at NCTV17 in Naperville. He filled many roles for the station's sports and news departments over the course of more than three years — first as an intern, and later as a videographer, producer and on-camera talent.
Outside of the office, Justin can probably be found watching old basketball games on the internet.
Ashleigh Wirtz is a creative writing major at Columbia College Chicago. Her past work experience includes retail, food service, and a pet store of 100% fish. This nineteen-year-old cannot recall a single time her name was on a souvenir mug or keychain. It is her goal in life to find one. Another goal of hers is to write a novel. Both are of equal importance to her.
Ashleigh has an obsession with words. Although she does have human friends, she’d have to say the thesaurus is her best friend. Her favorite word is nonchalant. After hours (and maybe days) of searching through the thesaurus, Ash has learned that words almost never suffice. The lack of adjectives is very, very frustrating to her--but what would life be if we didn’t have those indescribable things?