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VP of Production & Creative, Founder
Patrick Dahl is the co-founder of Banner Collective, along with Dave Knickerbocker. 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, Violet and Charlie.
VP of Business Operations, Founder
Dave spent 7 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 joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 heading up marketing, corporate partnerships and game presentation. The Blackhawks experienced an explosion in both fan base and revenue growth and were widely considered to be on the cutting edge of sports business practices.
Banner Collective has grown from 6 employees to 18 and formed many successful partnerships with some of the most well respected companies in the world including Google, Anheuser Busch, US Soccer, English Premier League, Shure Microphones and Wilson Sporting Goods. In 2015, Banner and the Chicago Cubs teamed up to introduce the brand new Wrigley Field videoboards with Banner producing much of the Emmy Award-winning content. Teaming up with the baseball operations department, Banner produced recruitment videos for multiple free agents that played key roles with the 2016 World Series Champions such as Jon Lester, Ben Zobrist, David Ross and Jason Heyward.
While having a say at Banner, at home he takes orders from his wife of almost 13 years Kimberly, loses in Monopoly to his 7 year old Elena, and deftly avoids lightsaber strikes from his 4 year old Johnny.
Director of Sports production
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.
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.
Director of creative production
Before life at Banner Collective, Matthew was one of the original three members of Blackhawks TV. Matthew has 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". Most recently, Matthew and his compadres documented the Chicago Cubs during their historic 2016 World Series run.
When not producing content, Matthew has been known to chase hope in the form of fantasy sports. He has yet to win his fantasy baseball league after 10 seasons, but he feels that this next year could be the year.
Matthew also has a dog named Buster and a fiancée named Stephanie.
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.
account manager, creative Production
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.
Account manager, sports Production
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 rejoined the crew at Banner in 2015.
A native of Wheaton, IL, the girl with two last names is always thinking about her next meal.
motion graphics designer
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.
motion graphics designer
Matea is a Wisconsin native passionate about art and animation since watching films like Akira and Princess Mononoke. After completing her BFA at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she set her graphic design career in motion by taking animation classes at Pratt Institute. Before joining the Banner team, she has had the pleasure to work with a variety of clients in Madison, Denver, and New York.
When not behind a Mac, you can find her running to podcasts, playing video games, or searching for the nearest Drink & Draw.
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, like many of her Banner peers, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. And, like none of her Banner peers, graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's in Media and Cinema studies. After graduating from the U of I in 2014, she spent a year working the Chicago sports television scene with jobs at NBC Sports Chicago (formerly Comcast Sportsnet), and the Big Ten Network.
Since coming to Banner, Grace has developed her palate for LaCroix, perfected her shuffleboard skills, and gained just a smidge more knowledge in cameras and editing. After recently picking up a new C02 Tank, and deciding on what beers to re-fill the Banner Keg with one time, Grace now thinks she is a beer connoisseur. She thanks Cassandra for holding her hand through the process.
When not at work, you can find Grace hopping around Chicago's fine breweries, at a great Lakeview brunch spot, enjoying a Blaze pizza, or watching the Bachelor.
Jeremy grew up in suburbs North of Chicago before his interest in video production led him to Los Angeles where he attended Occidental College. At Occidental, he majored in economics and media arts & culture (media production emphasis), was a video intern for the Admissions Office, a post-production intern on a National Geographic documentary, and a member of the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Jeremy spent two summers in the Windy City as a production intern at Trisect Agency and Match Marketing Group.
When he is not behind the camera, Jeremy spends his time running, watching Netflix, cooking, taking pictures or playing tennis.
Paul took his first video production class his sophomore year of high school and hasn’t put down a camera since. Paul graduated from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication. After graduating Paul returned home to Chicago. He spent his first few years freelancing in production and working in marketing.
In his free time Paul likes to practice still photography and explore the national parks. He is an avid fan of 90’s action films and Jayhawks basketball. Paul’s goal is to have stepped foot on all seven continents by the time he turns 30.
Tim Reilly grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, obsessively watching sports and filming sketches until his parents shipped him off to Northwestern University for college. During his college career, he spent his summers interning at CONSOL Energy, CollegeHumor, CNN, HLN, and Daufenbach Camera. He graduated in 2014 with degrees in Radio/Television/Film and Economics. He spent his first few months out of college freelancing around Chicago before joining the Banner team.
Outside of Banner, Tim can be found cooking, taking photos, throwing a disc, playing board games, or tasting beers at any of the fantastic breweries around Chicago.
Ben grew up in the northwest suburbs and has bounced around the Chicago sports scene ever since. He spent two seasons with The Chicago Bears Broadcast Network, worked free-lance as a member of the United Center and Chicago White Sox scoreboard production teams, then in 2015 landed at Northwestern as the Director of Football Creative Video. While at NU he was a co-creator of the Emmy award winning TV show “The Foundation”.
In his free time Ben likes to travel and fish. When in Chicago he spends time around town with his fiancée Kelly, dog Booker, and friends.
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.
Katie graduated with her degree in Sports Marketing from Indiana University. Since then, she proceeded to work in a variety of roles spanning from account management to talent acquisition. She also has extensive experience with client interaction and event management. At Banner, she gets to merge her creative, sport, and servicing passions.
When she’s not at the office, she always has headphones in and is constantly planning for her next concert endeavors. She never wears color, can easily finish an entire bag of chips in one sitting, and quotes ‘Friends’ at least twice a day.
Ashleigh Wirtz is a photography major at Columbia College Chicago. Her past jobs include work in food service as well as retail. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, left to attend boarding school, and returned to Chicago to attend college.
Pastimes Ashleigh enjoys outside of work and school include (but are not limited to) SCUBA diving, concerts, sporting events, and making film photographs. Her goals are to be more present, take (and make) opportunities to learn, and to get on a better sleeping schedule.