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Scott Markman

37 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

37 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.

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Chip Balch
Creative Director

Chip brings 26 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.


Kevin Grube
Account Executive

Kevin joined Monogram in August of 2018. He received his BA in Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Kevin is responsible for facilitating effective lines of communication between Monogram and its clients. He manages the day-to-day affairs and ensures the clients needs are satisfied. Kevin also contributes through note-taking, proofreading, researching, and writing conference reports. Kevin enjoys health & fitness, various sports, water skiing, and fishing.  

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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).