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 in 1981 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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Seth Arp
Account Executive

Seth has been with the Monogram team since the summer of 2016. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism with a minor in Marketing from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 2014. When he leaves the office, he moonlights as a singer and guitarist for a rock duo called Ego Mechanics.

Company Mascot

Kona was dubbed the Monogram mascot in 2017. 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.