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President & founder
Bill Ostendorf is president and founder of Creative Circle Media Solutions, a network of talent he has been building for more than 30 years. Bill has worked with more than 300 media companies on three continents as a trainer or management consultant and has led redesigns of nearly 600 publications and more than 300 web sites. Bill founded Creative Circle in 1984 at the tender age of 28. Even then, he was committed to the concept of teamwork and named his group accordingly. After 18 years of balancing … more
Director of sales
Sean leads the sales efforts for our software products and is involved in product development and sales of our other services – from outsourcing to print redesigns. He also provides web sales training and leads sales blitzes to help our clients generate more revenue from our web platforms, particularly QuickAds and NativeNewsQ. Sean started his sales career 25 years ago in Cable Television Advertising with TCI Cable and quickly rose through the ranks to General Sales Manager. He then joined DonTech, a … more
Design director/Consultant
Lynn Rognsvoog has worked in the newspaper and magazine publishing industry for more than 30 years, and has experience in print and web design, art direction, design coaching, word and picture editing, and management. She has a passion for finding the best way to tell each story. Lynn has worked with Creative Circle since 1998. Among her print redesign projects are Trends Journal, The Sumter Item of Sumter, S.C., the Daily Journal in Kankakee, Ill., the Middletown Record of Middletown, N.Y., the Idaho … more
Digital operations director
Tim is a techie who specializes print media. A jack of all trades with an equal footing in programming, server administration, and hardware, he has been active in the industry since 1999, having worked as a staffer for and consultant to a number of magazine and newspaper publications. He is at heart a web guy, whose career has evolved alongside the digital landscape. He enjoys following the rapidly expanding technologies that drive our world, and can be counted on to bring the latest innovations to each … more
Designer/programmer
Denise handles a wide range of projects, from producing print products to designing web sites. She does some programming and web site modifications as well as coaching clients on photo pre-press. Denise's background includes designing ads, pre-press production, color-correction, writing, and photography at two Rhode Island newspapers: The Providence Phoenix, and the Providence Journal, where she worked with both Bill Ostendorf and Lynn Rognsvoog. She has also worked in pre-press at a printing company … more
Developer/programmer
Adam is leading the charge of developing our newsroomQ platform, which is built in Ruby on Rails. Adam is a veteran, full-stack software developer who's been working in the field for more than 15 years. He's proud to have had a small part it making the web what it is today and he's always excited to help drive it even further. Over the years, he's worked for small businesses, large organizations, startups and even individuals. He's been a one-man-team, led teams, built teams and trained teams.   more
Writing Coach/ Marketing Director
Carolyn Flynn is a journalist, media consultant, newspaper designer and author of literary fiction and nonfiction based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She is our writing coach and also has led newspaper redesigns, including the Santa Cruz Sentinel in California and The State Journal in Frankfort, Ky., Carolyn's home state. She is also marketing director for Creative Circle. Carolyn had a 16-year stint as editor of the Albuquerque Journal’s Sage magazine, which won national first place in the … more
Designer/Consultant
Kevin Dilley, who lives near Kent, Ohio, is a 20+-year newspaper veteran with varied writing, design, editing, photojournalism, management and teaching experience. Kevin has been working with Creative Circle since 2000 and joined the group full time in 2001. Kevin came to Creative Circle after a two-year stint at The Providence Journal where he was a photo editor, assignment editor and designer. His previous experience includes five years at The Monroe Evening News in Michigan where he was a staff … more
Consultant
Curt is a senior lecturer in the College of Communications at Penn State University where he teaches multimedia reporting. He earned a BSJ in newspaper writing from Northwestern University, but spent most of his career working as a visual journalist and manager. He started out as a freelance photojournalist in Chicago, moved to Pueblo, Colorado, to be a writer-photographer, then skipped over the mountains to be chief photographer at the Ogden Standard Examiner in Utah. About the time he figured out … more
Designer/Consultant
Ellen J. Meany is the creative director for Isthmus — Madison, Wisconsin’s alternative weekly newspaper — where she oversees art direction, design and production for all editorial and advertising content. Her Isthmus work has been recognized with awards from the Milwaukee Press Club and American Advertising Federation. Ellen is program director for Advertising Design for the Society for News Design, In addition to leading SND design seminars, she has spoken on editorial or ad design for the … more
Web site software, redesigns We’ve designed more than 250 web sites and the results are consistently better for users and advertisers. Our sites outperform industry average for engagement, time …
Our team will be represented at the Southern Newspaper Publisher's Association annual meeting, the Inland Press Association annual meeting, along with several other state and regional press association events this fall.
Readers in Kankakee, Illinois, got a message loud and clear this week as the Daily Journal launched a redesigned newspaper that CEO and president Len Robert Small describes as an investment in both …
ANC Sports Enterprises went live Dec. 7 with a dynamic website powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions that features maximum flexibility.
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