Robert is the man with his name on the door and he takes that very seriously. As the agency principal and CEO he has his hands (and heart) in everything that we do, but he will be the first to admit “creative director” is the title he likes best. With a mind for creative thinking and guerilla marketing tactics, Robert is known for going well beyond the zones of traditional and digital media to get your message across. He is known for empowering his staff to be even better than they thought possible and the results are award winning campaigns for our clients. No matter the size of your budget or the length of your project, you will get a phone call from Robert just to check in and see how well you’re being taken care of. THAT is what sets this agency apart from the rest!
Stacey has worked alongside Robert since the creation of Robert Sharp & Associates and is responsible for the account services team, empowering them with the elements needed to provide exceptional customer service. She ensures all clients receive the time and attention they deserve, and timelines and budgets are adhered to and accounted for. With a background in convention and party planning, Stacey incorporated her interests by adding an event management division to RSA which is now responsible for such clients as the Black Hills Stock Show, Central States Fair, South Dakota State Fair and numerous events and trade shows. Stacey specializes in media relations, promotions and partnerships and has recently conducted workshops throughout the fair industry. A graduate of Black Hills State, Stacey was born and raised in South Dakota. She has served on numerous boards and lends her time and talents to many non-profits and community organizations.
As Vice President of RSA, Tony is responsible for the digital media team, assisting with sales, strategies, project management and design. Tony began his career at RSA in 2001 as Art Director, and was instrumental in developing the web department of which he is now Director. Tony now oversees digital media, to include web development, design, social media and digital media sales. Tony has a long history in web and graphic design. This background has given him a great eye for detail and an understanding of deadline based projects. He graduated from the Art Center of Tucson with a degree in advertising design. He enjoys explaining the ins and outs of marketing, whether it be design, internet marketing strategies or social media. Keeping up on digital trends is a passion of Tony’s…and it’s a good thing because this industry is ever-changing. He makes it a point to attend many different marketing, design and digital media conferences to always keep RSA on the leading edge.
Tracey brings a broad range of experience in customer service, sales, marketing, recruitment and human resources to her role in Business Development at RSA. She is responsible for building and maintaining a strategic partnership with clients by understanding their business, challenges and successes. Then, working with the expert team at RSA, Tracey will identify and provide innovative marketing solutions that work. Whether you’re looking to create a new marketing strategy or to improve upon the one you have, Tracey will work closely with you to deliver a full-service marketing plan that will get you the results you crave.
Ian is responsible for new business development and account services at RSA. He serves as the direct link between the agency and the client, managing day-to-day affairs and ensuring client projects are on task, on time and on budget. Be it marketing plans, media placement, or creative concepts and execution, Ian approaches every aspect of customer service with a passion for detail with the highest expectation of customer service. He attended the University of South Dakota where he studied Business management and marketing. If your non-profit has an event or fundraiser, Ian is your guy, lending a helping hand in the community whenever he’s asked.
Jane is part of the account services team at RSA providing excellent customer service to her clients ranging from McDonald’s to Jolly Lane Greenhouse. Her attention to detail and project management ensures that her clients receive the attention they deserve from all departments within RSA. With more than 30 years in customer service, 20 years of that in marketing and advertising, Janes’ experience and true work ethic shows through in her dedication to her clients’ needs and requests. Jane works with all aspects of account services assisting clients with all their marketing and advertising needs, ensuring each piece is executed in a timely matter while remaining on budget.
In 2013, Mary Beth joined RSA to oversee one of RSA’s national accounts with locations across the United States. Recognizing that each business location is unique, Mary Beth assesses customer’s needs, conducts research, customizes solutions, and coordinates one-time and ongoing digital and traditional marketing projects. She works closely with customers and collaborates with RSA’s team of programmers, graphic designers, and audio and video specialists.
Mary Beth has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience on the national and international level. After acquiring her business degree, she worked for a manufacturer on the east coast for 10 years, and then spent 4 years as an International Marketing Specialist at the SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development where she helped bring the US Customs Port of Entry to South Dakota. In 1995, she started the first full-time Internet consulting company in South Dakota.
Kathy is our resident media guru specializing in traditional media research negotiation, placement and post analysis reporting. Whether by the numbers or by the budget, Kathy knows media and will negotiate the best package for your needs. Her attention to detail and customer service skills represents us extremely well to clients and vendors alike. She was raised in Dickinson, ND and is a graduate of National College in Rapid City, SD.
Dottie is responsible for all account receivables and payables for RSA. Her monthly invoices are clear and concise; and cross-checked with proposals to ensure accuracy. With a degree in business management and Associate's in accounting, Dottie has been in business management/accounting for over 25 years and brings professionalism to her position that is respected by both management and clients. If your account requires co-op filing, affidavits or any special TLC, Dottie will customize and personalize your billing to accommodate the needs on your end.
Kandi began with the account services team at RSA, but her knack and knowledge for social media has transitioned her to a major player in the digital marketing division. Kandi was born and raised in Minnesota, but is no stranger to RSA. She worked as an intern as part of her coursework at South Dakota State University. After completing her degree in advertising and graphic design, she moved back west and accepted a permanent position at Robert Sharp and Associates in 2011. Although still working on some key traditional media accounts, Kandi has achieved her Google Certification and is instrumental in providing digital strategies and implementing social campaigns for our many online clients.
Every magazine ad, menu, logo, billboard or vehicle wrap designed at RSA is the responsibility of the art department, overseen by Justin. He’s spent over fourteen years developing award-winning, effective advertising designs alongside Robert Sharp. In that time, the goal has never changed…ALWAYS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS. Justin works with a large and diverse client base. His most notable projects come from McDonald’s, Common Cents, South Dakota State Fair, Reptile Gardens and Wyoming State Fair. From concept to completion, Justin is with you every step of the way. Whether you have an idea that needs life, or have no clue what you’re looking for, he’ll get it done. Justin graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising. His work ethic and long hours in a computer lab at school transitioned nicely to an agency environment.
Drew is responsible for maintaining onsite and offsite servers, workstations and networks; among other duties that include programming desktop, mobile and web applications, and customer support. Drew has over a decade of advertising, marketing and graphic design experience that started in newspaper journalism and has advanced into the fast-paced world of computer networking. Drew’s talents have been instrumental in such projects as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, Rapid City Chamber and Knecht/Ace Hardware websites. Drew was instrumental in the development of PageFramer, RSA’s customized content management system (CMS).
As a content writer for RSA, Jennifer utilizes her background in technical and creative writing to produce engaging material for our clients. Jennifer is also certified in Google Analytics and Google AdWords, and brings her dedication to social media marketing and great customer service to the digital marketing team. She completed English coursework at Black Hills State University, where she also worked as a tutor to assist her fellow students. Jennifer has been happy to call the Black Hills home for over 24 years and enjoys exploring the area in her free time.
Reba joined the RSA team to fulfill her passion of creating award winning, result driven graphic design, and puts her positive attitude and eye for design into every project she does. Her design experience is a range of calculated visuals from logo creation to billboard design. Reba’s portfolio includes campaigns for clients such as the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, Central States Fair, Western Dakota Tech, Jolly Lane Greenhouse, and Reptile Gardens. Reba obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Graphic Design from Full Sail University. During that time she gained extensive working knowledge of design programs that enable her to deliver outstanding creative to clients and their audiences.
Thomas's primary responsibility is to build websites that inform and persuade, but his calm and “can do” attitude makes him the go to guy with customers for web updates, troubleshooting, and consulting. Thomas was a working musician for several years before joining RSA. The music taught him creativity and dedication…both attributes the client benefits from when working with him. Thomas will work diligently to understand the needs of clients so the websites he builds are not only appealing, but functional and an asset to each and every client. Tom earned an Associate's Degree in Programming and Application Development from Western Dakota Tech with honors. In 2014 his design and programming for the Sioux Empire Fair won him a “best of” award at the International Association of Fairs and Expos annual convention in Las Vegas.
David is responsible for developing websites at RSA, along with graphic design and account management. His background in project management enables him to manage large-scale websites on time and on budget, a skill he learned well as the Project Manager for the Minnesota Viking website. David leverages his knowledge of project management, copy writing, and layout and design to ensure our customers' expectations are met or exceeded. David is a graduate of South Dakota State University. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Dahl Fine Arts Center, American Advertising Federation of the Black Hills, and recently helped to establish the South Dakota Progress political action organization.
Landon is responsible for all pre-production, production and post-production of videos made by RSA. Every training video, how-to video, social video, and commercial is overseen or handled directly by him. What qualifies him for this task are his years of experience, technical know-how, and collaborative skills. His department turns out professional grade work and does so with the utmost professionalism. Creatively, Landon has never been afraid to try new things and take ownership of his projects. That shows in his story boarding, eye for composition and edits, both on and off the set.
While attending school at Western Dakota Tech, Josh completed his internship with us at RSA. After receiving his degree in Business Management and Marketing, he decided he wanted to stick around and keep putting to use his creative passion for content creation. Josh is passionate about businesses and brands building relationships with their audiences, rather than just selling them on a product or service, and he will tell you all about it! He believes that all marketing and advertising efforts are directly tied to psychology, and understanding the human element involved. “In order for a brand to be truly successful, they need to first create an emotional connection with their followers”, he says. We’re inclined to agree!
As part of the audio/video production team at RSA, Jason ensures that the video content that is made for our clients is of the highest quality. After growing up in Rapid City and graduating high school in Oregon, he went on to attend and graduate from Vancouver Film School in British Columbia, Canada. Jason has now worked in the TV/film/video production industry for over a decade, and has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including national and local commercials, reality TV shows, short films and live events.
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We know the Covid-19 pandemic is causing unique and unchartered challenges in your business, as everyone is unsure how this will play out. Whether you’re still open for business, modifying hours and services or temporarily closing all together…there is no such thing as “business as usual”.
We are not selling or promoting an extensive advertising campaign, but we may be able to help you with messaging and digital notifications that have become available in our community. So, if you find yourself in need of assistance, we’re here to help.
In an effort to minimize the spread of this virus, Robert Sharp & Associates will be working remotely for the most part. However, we anticipate no disruption in service or accessibility to our staff. We have minimal staff in the office, and everyone working remotely has full email and account access.
Therefore, email is the best way to communicate. For your reference, senior staff emails are listed below:
As of now, our office phone will be answered 8am-5pm M-F. However, if you have cell numbers for any staff member, please feel free to use them; and you are always welcome to contact Robert and Stacey on their cell phones:
We will continue to monitor this rapidly-changing situation, and as new information is available, we will adjust and enhance business practices as needed.
We wish you all the best as we weather the storm. Stay well, and let us know if we can be of assistance in any way.
Robert and Stacey
and your friends at Robert Sharp & Associates