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Lincoln, Nebraska, November 13, 2021, Russell swanson recently promoted eight in its Lincoln and Omaha offices: Julie Nielson, Lisa Schumacher, Jon Lundeen, Zach Henke, Ryan Stoner, Madison Knopik, Judy Pickens and Amber Mencl.

Nielson has been promoted to vice president – deputy media director. She started at Swanson Russell in 1998 as a media buyer and over the course of her 23 year career she has held various positions and worked for a multitude of clients including Leupold, Hodgdon, Kimber, Exmark, EZ-GO, Cushman, Arctic Cat. , Pizza Hut, Runza, LinPepCo, Union Bank and Nebraska State Fair. A native of Millard, Nebraska, Nielson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Schumacher has been promoted to senior project manager. Since joining the agency in 2019 as a project manager, Schumacher has worked for clients such as Badlands, Kimber, Walls Outdoor Goods, Koch Agronomic Services and TRU Simulation + Training. The Omaha, Nebraska native received a bachelor’s degree in education and humanities from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Lundeen has been promoted to Vice President – Creative Director. First joining Swanson Russell in 2007 as Associate Writer / Producer, Lundeen has become Writer / Producer, Senior Writer / Producer, and Associate Creative Director. During his tenure he worked on clients such as Rain Bird, Humminbird, SIG SAUER, Gerber, SiteOne, Nosler, Hodgdon, Arctic Cat, Hatteras, Kimber, Turface Athletics and Textron Aviation. The Ashland, Nebraska native received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Henke has been promoted to senior project manager. He joined the agency in 2018 as a project manager, working on a variety of clients including Arctic Cat, Textron GSE, Textron Aviation, Koch Agronomic Services, Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting and Nebraska Public Media. The Lincoln, Nebraska native received a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Stoner has been promoted to Account Supervisor. Since joining Swanson Russell in 2015, he has held Account Manager and Senior Account Manager positions, working for clients such as JLG, Walls Outdoor Goods, EZ-GO, Cushman, Jacobsen, Gerber, TRU Simulation + Training and Briggs & Stratton. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Stoner received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Knopik has been promoted to digital producer. Since joining the agency in 2019 as an Associate Digital Producer, Knopik has worked for clients such as MemorialCare, AMVAC, JLG, Kimber, RESCUE, Reinke, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Takeuchi, Excalibur and Nosler. The Sioux City, Iowa native received a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a master’s in business administration from the University of Midland.

Pickens was promoted to media strategist. Since joining Swanson Russell in 2006 as a media planner, Pickens has worked for clients such as JLG, MemorialCare, NECC, Hoegemeyer, AMVAC, JCB, FMC, and Verity Health, among others. The Falls City, Nebraska native earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mencl has been promoted to Director of Human Resources. She joined the agency in 2015 as a Human Resources Specialist and has since held the position of Senior Human Resources Specialist. Originally from Red Cloud, Nebraska, Mencl is SHRM certified and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Swanson Russell is a nationally recognized full-service branding, advertising and public relations agency in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The agency partners with clients in many industries while specializing in agriculture, construction, landscaping / turf, outdoor recreation and healthcare. To find out how Swanson Russell makes a real connection between brands and the public, visit swansonrussell.com.