people

experienced leadership

We know big brands, start-ups and everything in between. We have invented famous taglines and made products a household name. We have made great things grow and spread smart ideas around the globe. Through words. Through images. Through experiences. You have probably bought something we've sold. And now we'd like to return the favor. We'd like to help you sell something too.

Mark Bellissimo

Mark Bellissimo

Chief Executive Officer

As a 30-year advertising industry veteran, Mark Bellissimo loves big challenges. From reinventing agency practices, to helping clients tackle strategic hurdles, he’s transformed agencies as well as client expectations. As JRT’s guiding force and head coach, Mark empowers creative and account teams to think big and deliver stellar results. His past clients include General Motors, Chevrolet, Ford Motor Company, Michelin, KFC, Stroh’s, Dow Chemical, Masco and the U.S. Postal Service. As a graduate from both Michigan State and the University of Michigan, he’s perpetually rooting for the “home team” and collects vintage sports cars.

Jamie McCarthy

Jamie McCarthy

Chief Creative Officer, Innovation

Jamie has made a career of defying the creative norm. His approach has always been to make the problem the solution and do it like no one else. His ingenuity has been awarded across multiple categories, including branded entertainment/technology applications at Cannes, Best Original Song at the Detroit Music Awards and a Regional Emmy® nomination for his documentary. He thrives in unfamiliar territories that stretch his creative reach. His notable work includes the biggest names around: Nike, McDonalds, Samsung, Allstate, Chevrolet, Nintendo, MTV, Jeep, Dodge, Intel, Frito-Lay and The California Milk Association. He’s an eternal student of innovation and is always first to jump into the creative unknown.

Terry Ayrault

Terry Ayrault

Chief Creative Officer

Terry believes that the art of persuasion is alive and well, and that the best work leaves an indelible mark in the mind and memory of the consumer. As Chief Creative officer, he leads a potent team of art directors, copywriters and digital designers while bringing 25 years of advertising and marketing experience to JRT. Including award-winning work for major automotive brands like Jeep®, Dodge, Chrysler and Mopar. His experience is also diverse, having created work for non-automotive accounts like Microsoft, Petco, Little Caesars, Kelly Services, Atwater Brewery, The Detroit Red Wings and The Detroit Tigers, among many others.

Kurt Kerttu

Kurt Kerttu

Senior Vice President, Operations

With his production expertise and 33 years in the business, Kurt is responsible for the day-to-day management of bringing JRT ideas to life. By leading his own account service team, overseeing procurement and supplier resourcing, Kurt has the unique opportunity to see every project through full-circle. His personal involvement is proof that he believes in over-delivering on client expectations. Kurt constantly forges new partnerships, discovers new suppliers and assists on new business efforts. From building the business on all the FCA brands including Mopar® to all the work on Consumers Energy, Fendt and Tecumseh, he ‘sweats the details’ and relentlessly pursues quality, every day.

Josh Perry

Josh Perry

SVP, Client & Strategic Development Officer

With 11 years’ experience in marketing and communications, brand management and business development, Josh is the author and champion of organizational and client strategic planning. Always looking for an innovative approach to client challenges, his analysis of the business landscape uncovers the key differentiators that become the foundation for powerful creative executions. Personable and passionate, Josh is a motivating presence that leads his teams to deliver the exceptional work that dramatically increases brand equity. His experience includes FCA/Mopar, Mercedes-Benz USA, Powers and Sons, Durr and more. Josh received his MBA from MSU.

Fiona McKenna

Fiona McKenna

Vice President, Client Services

A very democratic leader, Fiona looks forward to the input of her diverse account team as they weigh in on the latest approach to a client’s strategy. She believes this involvement at all levels, builds a stronger, more dynamic team. Fiona oversees the Consumers Energy communications outreach plan for business customers, leads all Dodge Enthusiast Marketing initiatives and organizes events for the FCA US LLC brands. With 18 years’ experience, she makes client satisfaction her number one priority and is continually looking for new opportunities to engage the customer. Along with Consumers Energy, she has also worked with Jeep®, Mopar and FIAT.

Susan Weatherhead

Susan Weatherhead

Director, Business Development

Susan has a natural instinct for matching agency talent, expertise and capabilities to client’s specific needs. Her characteristic enthusiasm, bold thinking and 20+ years experience have won the confidence of clients like Pepsi-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Pier 1 Imports, Michelin, Carhartt, La-Z-Boy and the U.S. Navy. She has launched countless new campaigns in both the traditional realm and the fast-evolving digital ecosystem. Susan’s career spans account, creative, brand planning and leadership roles. Clients and colleagues count on her clarity and willingness to move past what’s been done before at every opportunity for brand breakthroughs.

Dave Rainney

Dave Rainney

Vice President, Technology Services

Elegant solutions. That’s what Dave is looking for every time he’s faced with a complicated problem. With 16 years in the business, he is well-equipped to find it. He’s been the architect and builder of marketing, communications and PR systems for some of the biggest companies in the world, like FCA and MBUSA for example. He believes the beauty of the technology services is that they can be adopted by most industries. His world is the science behind JRT’s creative science, and his team continually documents, tests, measures and recalibrates, fine tuning each approach for the ultimate success in an ever-changing media landscape.

Marcy McCausland

Marcy McCausland

Chief Accounting Officer and Controller

As a 30-year veteran of financial management, Marcy brings her insightful analysis to JRT operations every day. She is constantly looking for ways to streamline complex processes, create efficiencies and maximize client ROI. Her industry experience includes Service, Manufacturing, Motorsports, Distribution and Retail, where she has proven to be a steady hand at the helm. Company growth is one of her specialties, where she enjoys implementing best practices and measuring success. Marcy has a BS in Accounting from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, and is also a Certified Management Accountant.

experience matters

Category experience always matters. That’s why our clients have placed their brands in our care. We live in both B-2-C and B-2-B worlds, but the common denominator is always people. That’s who we serve and who we are tasked to attract with our communications. You’ll find we are a company of great depth who, through our diverse category experience, will understand your business, where it lives and who it touches, every day.