Scott Markman

35 years of global experience in corporate design and brand development. Has lectured throughout China and US on branding. Featured in WSJ, Ad Age, ARD German TV, Chicago Tribune, China Daily USA, CNBC,, Industry Week, The Atlantic, WGN Radio, Xinhua (China’s press agency) and Yahoo! Finance. Scott founded Monogram on Jan 1, 1990 after 9 years of working for others. He graduated from Washington U with a B.F.A. in design. As an unapologetic brand junkie, he acknowledges how cool it is to make a living at his passion. He also makes sure our agency mascot, Kona the Golden, is taken care of each day at lunch.


Jackie Short
Partner/Research Director

35 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research. Expert in all qual and quant methodologies. Served as Director of Corporate Research at Ameritech (AT&T). Worked in packaged goods, financial services, retail, utilities NFPs and the arts. Clients include Fiskars, Kraft, Life Fitness, Mrs. Field's, SUNY, Wells Fargo and many others. Jackie is a total data geek.   She loves Chicago and is a self-proclaimed armchair historian.  If you ask her about Chicago history, you may never get away.


Chip Balch
Creative Director

Chip brings 24 years of art direction and project management experience to the proverbial table. He has been with Monogram since 2000. As Monogram’s Creative Director, he develops brand identity systems, online/offline advertising, collateral and complex web sites. Monogram’s work has been cited for creative and strategic excellence 17 times since 2005. Chip stays active playing golf, fly fishing, and playing in a recreational hockey league.

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Janet Seitz
Senior Account Executive

Janet has over 25 years of experience in marketing and communications, including positions in strategy, account service, and copywriting. A former Monogram client, prior to joining us she was the Director of Communications for the Korean War National Museum in Springfield, Illinois. She received her Bachelors Degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois. For more than 20 years, Janet has served as a board member for several business and arts organizations in Central Illinois. 

Agency Mascot

Despite joining Monogram Group in 2015, it wasn’t until April of 2017 that Kona was promoted to his current title of Agency Mascot upon moving to our new Ravenswood office. When he's not resting from his extremely busy day, he can be found roaming among the offices, looking for one of our team members to play with him and his favorite chew toy.


The work is good when the people get along. We get along famously.

Beer O'Clock at our Tiki Lounge and frequent ideation sessions are just part of the routine that builds team camaraderie and livens up the joint.

We don’t care where the ideas come from, as long as they’re great ones. So if you work here, be prepared to speak up (and not only in meetings).


Variety is the spice of life, and the zest of any good branding shop.

Amongst our gang you'll find musicians, comedians, geeks, transplants, dancers, fashionistas, athletes, designers-turned-writers and wunderkinds. 

We're an eclectic bunch (our interns alone have come from 5 countries and 9 states), with varying perspectives about what life has to offer. And we wouldn't have it any other way.