Everything we create is made by brand.

We are JAK Creative Design, an independent agency based in the western suburbs of Chicago, with an outpost in St. Louis.

At JAK, we don’t just embrace challenges—we thrive on them. We leverage our branding know-how and incredible passion for design to make each client’s vision a brandmade reality.

Now, we’re proud to offer clients an array of promotional products, too. Visit jakpremiums.com to learn more about our newest venture.

Case Studies

Creative design is our name and agile innovation is our game. Explore the case studies below to see a few of the ways we strategically turn ideas, concepts, and challenges into outstanding results.

About Us

Imaginative artists who visually conceptualize—and then make ideas come alive for the rest of us. Clever copywriters who cook up fresh concepts instead of canned copy. Account executives who help their clients move mountains.

The JAK team always brings its A game—and if there was a letter before A, we’d bring that game instead. Meet the crew that’s been creating campaigns, addressing market segments, inspiring action, and driving results for clients for more than 20 years.

Allison Weakly

Vice President

Allison solves problems for her clients with graceful efficiency. She manages campaigns from estimation to fulfillment, building relationships—and trust—in person, over the phone, and via email. She provides leadership and guidance to the account team, collaborates with the creative team, and participates in JAK marketing and sales efforts.

If you ask Allison where she’s from, she’ll show you using the palm of her hand. As an alumna of the University of Michigan (where she earned her BBA), she “bleeds maize and blue.” Prior to joining JAK in May 2008, Allison worked as a marketing manager at American Express.

Chris Garland

Creative Director

Chris coordinates all creative projects, specializing in digital, gift card, and package design. JAK clients count on him to anticipate their needs and execute assignments with ease and expertise.

Chris started working at JAK in 2007 after graduating from Illinois State University with a BS in graphic design. One of his hobbies is investigating new technologies that he can use to enhance client projects. Chris also likes to share books and music from his favorite authors and artists, and has converted many coworkers to his tastes. He may try to disguise himself as the office curmudgeon, but we all know better.

Jill A. Kerrigan

Founder & CEO

Jill is our founder, president, owner, and fearless leader. She facilitates client relationships and strategic planning, while also focusing on creative direction, marketing, and the next killer idea for "Shark Tank."

She earned her BA in graphic design from Eastern Illinois University and learned management skills at a small design firm before setting out on her own and opening JAK in 1995. In 2013, Jill completed the intensive Tuck School of Business program with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. More recently, she honed her skills in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Jill is a member of NAWBO, WBENC, and WEConnect International.

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Jordan Parks

Art Director

Jordan has been creating graphic art and designing at JAK since January 2014. He brings a sense of adventure and a broad range of skills to both quick-turn projects and larger campaigns. Jordan loves the satisfaction of solving visual problems, especially in packaging and brand identity.

Jordan earned his BFA in communication design from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining JAK, he worked at Fokoz Creative Group; at Magna-Tel, Inc.; and as a freelance designer. He’s a contributing member of AIGA Chicago and once earned $100 by not shaving his beard for an entire summer. Now, he’s grown attached to it.

Kelsey Cellarius

Senior Account Manager

Since starting at JAK in 2014, Kelsey has put her heart into consulting with clients to plan and manage their campaigns. She enjoys the dynamic of understanding the clients’ needs, helping them set parameters, and then working meticulously to achieve their goals.

Kelsey earned her BA in communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame and spent a year studying in Ireland. She interned and then worked for Target in merchandise marketing before joining our agency. Kelsey’s the team LaCroix lover and beer aficionado. After work, you can find her at spin class.

Krissy Oldham

Office/Billing Manager

Krissy joined JAK as an administrative assistant in 2006, and today brings her warm, personal approach to invoicing, bookkeeping, and cost analysis. A skilled multitasker, Krissy does it all by being organized and focused—and always remaining open to learning new things.

Before beginning work at JAK, Krissy gained administrative experience at other marketing agencies in the Chicagoland area. Clients count on Krissy to answer billing questions, and we all rely on her to remember every episode of "Seinfeld"—"Serenity now!"

Leo Ebersole

Copy Director

Leo came to JAK after 13 years with the Chicago Tribune, where he signed on in 2002 to help launch the RedEye. In 2009, he moved to the Tribune as an entertainment editor, managing writers and increasing visibility for their stories via social media.

Leo is excited to join the marketing and advertising industry, and JAK is excited to gain his top-of-the-line copywriting, editing, and proofreading experience. We’ll see how his sly sense of humor works out in the JAK funhouse.

Leo earned his BS and MS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Liz Clarke


Liz has contributed her enthusiasm and expertise to the copyediting and proofreading team since 2015. She wields her red pen with precision and respect. Seeing the variety of client styles, Liz spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive in-house guide that also details client preferences.

Liz earned her BA in communications, graduating summa cum laude from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Prior to joining JAK, she spent 10 years editing some of the Farm Progress Companies’ publications and also took on other copyediting and proofreading work. She loves a good cheesecake.

Megan Patsavas

Senior Copywriter/Content Manager

Megan writes, edits, and proofreads for both print and digital platforms—even the words you’re reading right now! She loves social media and marketing strategy, but the part of her job she enjoys most is developing creative concepts with the team.

Megan graduated magna cum laude with a BS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a minor in film and media studies. Prior to joining JAK in 2014, Megan completed three internships and then covered local news for The Enterprise in Plainfield. She also tells the most dad jokes in the office, despite not being a father.

Nick Rizner

Business Development Associate

Nick recently joined the JAK team. He was brought on board to use his entrepreneurial skills to build relationships with new business prospects, while also following up on promotional projects, trade shows, and conferences, as well as managing our databases of clients, opportunities, certifications, and events.

Nick brings a can-do attitude to everything. Most recently, he worked in the auto industry as a sales and leasing specialist. He studied marketing at the University of Iowa, and is continuing his education through various business-related certification programs. When he's not reeling in prospects, Nick can be found fishing out on Bruce Lake.

Brandi Ross

Graphic/Web Designer

Brandi’s love of drawing began when she learned to hold a pencil. Today she spends her time at JAK working on print and digital projects for clients, creating visuals for our social media channels, and drinking coffee out of her unicorn mug.

Before becoming part of the JAK team in October 2017, Brandi interned at Otobots, worked at Minuteman Press, and completed a variety of freelance projects. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in visual communications/graphic design in 2016, and continues to hone her design, illustration, and hand-lettering skills in her free time.

Laura Penagos

Graphic/Web Designer

Laura joined JAK as a graphic/web designer in October 2017. This artist says her favorite aspects of life at JAK include applying her knowledge when tackling new projects, collaborating with other creative minds, and learning new skills.

After graduating with an associate’s degree in web and graphic design from DeVry University, Laura spent four years working as an in-house designer for a company in the food industry.

Laura has a penchant for referencing movies, though she can’t remember the titles of any of them.

Michael S. Arpino

Director of Business Development

Michael’s relationship with JAK began more than 12 years ago when the former American Express marketing and advertising executive developed a strong working relationship with Jill, Krissy, and other members of our team. Now, he’s been brought on board to create a New York presence for JAK and share his firsthand experience of our agency’s work with potential new clients.

In addition to his tenure at American Express, Michael has held leadership positions at Condé Nast and Time Inc. He is president of the Institute for Supply Management in New York and serves on ISM’s Affiliate Advisory Council. He also has a deep appreciation for art, as he obtained a BFA from the City University of New York’s Lehman College.

Kelli Lewis

Account Executive

As part of JAK’s account team, Kelli acts as a liaison between our clients and our creatives, ensuring that everything is on schedule as a project progresses and that everyone is pleased with the end result. She is also an expert party planner, having previously worked as an event specialist at The Odyssey.

Kelli graduated from Western Michigan University where she majored in public relations and minored in event management. Each morning before work, she faces the difficult task of deciding which all-black outfit to wear.
Jill A. Kerrigan
Allison Weakly
Chris Garland
Michael S. Arpino
Krissy Oldham
Kelsey Cellarius
Jordan Parks
Leo Ebersole
Megan Patsavas
Nick Rizner
Liz Clarke
Brandi Ross
Laura Penagos
Kelli Lewis

Our Services

Some other agencies think outside a box. We recycled ours. For projects big or small, long-term or short, we offer design done differently.

Brand Identity
  • Identity Design
  • Naming
  • Taglines
  • Style Guides
  • Brand Extensions

  • Package Design
  • Integrated Packaging
  • 2D/3D Prototypes
  • High-Impact Mailers
  • Research Stimulus Materials

  • Signage
  • Wayfinding
  • POP Materials
  • Displays
  • Trade Show Graphics
  • Presentation Boards
  • Branded Environments
  • Tactical Ads
  • Brochures
  • Direct Mail
  • Newsletters
  • Catalogs
  • Reports
  • Promotional/Seasonal Campaigns
  • Banner Ads
  • Emails
  • Websites
  • UX/UI
  • Wireframes
  • Social Media Posts
  • Presentations
  • Creative Concepts
  • Content Development
  • Copywriting
  • Proofreading

Our Clients

Over the years, JAK has deftly delivered on projects for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations. We go the extra mile for each and every client quicker than they can say JAK Creative Design.

Our Affiliations

Our News

We love sharing news—especially when it’s good! Here’s what Jill and the JAK team have been up to recently.