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VP of Production & Creative, Founder
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, 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 rapidly and formed many successful partnerships with some of the most well respected companies in the United States. 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.
While having a say at Banner, at home he takes orders from his wife of 11 years Kimberly, loses in Monopoly to his 6 year old Elena, and deftly avoids lightsaber strikes from his 3 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.
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.
director of motion graphics & animation
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.
director of business development
PJ McGuire started her sales career selling Viagra (not joking) after graduating with a Biological Sciences degree from Ohio University in 2001. After leaving the pharmaceutical and medical sales industries, PJ dove head first into entrepreneurship. Her latest venture is a patented hair and beauty product called Wrapperoo®, a two-sided styling cape that doubles as a t-shirt hair drying towel.
A natural born communicator, PJ has been in front of the camera on ABCs Good Morning America and Home Shopping Network. She’s excited to now be behind the camera as part of the Banner Collective team, helping clients expand and grow their company brands through the power of video.
In the little free time PJ has, she enjoys dining out with friends, shopping for high heels and getting pampered at the spa.
Production & client relations manager
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.
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.
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.
motion graphics & compositing
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.
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.
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 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.
Spencer grew up in the suburbs of Boston before her family decided to move toOklahoma 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?