About

A recruitment marketing pioneer since 1951, Shaker is a full-service agency specializing in highly customized communications and strategies for attracting and retaining the right talent ... in the right places, with the right messages.

Our Team

What started by a family continues to be all about family—a strong and talented team of friends and colleagues and confidantes. Meet some of the leaders we are honored to have as part of our recruitment marketing family.

Joseph G. Shaker

Chairman of the Board and Principal

Joseph G.Shaker

Chairman of the Board and Principal

A recruitment marketing veteran with more than 45years of experience, Joe in 1985 assumed the presidential role that his father, Joseph R. Shaker, had held since forming our agency in 1951. In 2017, Joseph G. passed the torch to his son, Joe Jr., to become sole chairman of the Shaker board. Over his pivotal career, Joe steered the agency through decades of industry change, and was instrumental in launching ChicagoJobs.com, an award-winning Chicagoland job board became a springboard for Shaker Recruitment Consultants. He created and served as president of the Recruitment Agency Association, the U.S. trade association for recruitment advertising agencies. As a thought leader, Joe has been quoted widely in the media and has spoken extensively to key HR decision makers. His philanthropic involvement includes a board seat for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its fundraising arm, ALSAC, for which he served as president and chairman of the board. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

Cathy Shaker Breit

Principal

Cathy Shaker Breit

Principal

From her first tooth as a child of Shaker founder Joseph R. Shaker, to cutting her teeth by working in every agency department throughout her formative years, Cathy has been immersed in recruitment marketing. She started her full-time career at Shaker in 1981 as an account manager—attaining, servicing and earning the trust of Fortune 500 accounts. She established herself as a prominent voice within the recruitment marketing world—expanding the agency portfolio and advancing the firm’s industry leadership. Cathy has served as key account liaison, media relationship manager, internal sales trainer, and lead strategist for global agency alliances while spearheading Shaker’s day-to-day functions. Cathy has been a diligent fund raiser and event organizer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for over 20 years. She also leads our “Shaker Care” charitable efforts, which include ongoing collections for causes and other initiatives. She has a bachelor’s in communication studies from Northwestern University and a master’s in communications from University of Virginia.

Joseph G.Shaker

Chairman of the Board and Principal

A recruitment marketing veteran with more than 45years of experience, Joe in 1985 assumed the presidential role that his father, Joseph R. Shaker, had held since forming our agency in 1951. In 2017, Joseph G. passed the torch to his son, Joe Jr., to become sole chairman of the Shaker board. Over his pivotal career, Joe steered the agency through decades of industry change, and was instrumental in launching ChicagoJobs.com, an award-winning Chicagoland job board became a springboard for Shaker Recruitment Consultants. He created and served as president of the Recruitment Agency Association, the U.S. trade association for recruitment advertising agencies. As a thought leader, Joe has been quoted widely in the media and has spoken extensively to key HR decision makers. His philanthropic involvement includes a board seat for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its fundraising arm, ALSAC, for which he served as president and chairman of the board. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

Anthony R. Shaker

Principal

Anthony R. Shaker

Principal

Anthony serves as executive vice president of finance and in-house attorney. He has provided counsel for the agency since 1975. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Marquette University and doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Notre Dame.

Cathy Shaker Breit

Principal

From her first tooth as a child of Shaker founder Joseph R. Shaker, to cutting her teeth by working in every agency department throughout her formative years, Cathy has been immersed in recruitment marketing. She started her full-time career at Shaker in 1981 as an account manager—attaining, servicing and earning the trust of Fortune 500 accounts. She established herself as a prominent voice within the recruitment marketing world—expanding the agency portfolio and advancing the firm’s industry leadership. Cathy has served as key account liaison, media relationship manager, internal sales trainer, and lead strategist for global agency alliances while spearheading Shaker’s day-to-day functions. Cathy has been a diligent fund raiser and event organizer for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for over 20 years. She also leads our “Shaker Care” charitable efforts, which include ongoing collections for causes and other initiatives. She has a bachelor’s in communication studies from Northwestern University and a master’s in communications from University of Virginia.

Joseph G.Shaker

Chairman of the Board and Principal

A recruitment marketing veteran with more than 45years of experience, Joe in 1985 assumed the presidential role that his father, Joseph R. Shaker, had held since forming our agency in 1951. In 2017, Joseph G. passed the torch to his son, Joe Jr., to become sole chairman of the Shaker board. Over his pivotal career, Joe steered the agency through decades of industry change, and was instrumental in launching ChicagoJobs.com, an award-winning Chicagoland job board became a springboard for Shaker Recruitment Consultants. He created and served as president of the Recruitment Agency Association, the U.S. trade association for recruitment advertising agencies. As a thought leader, Joe has been quoted widely in the media and has spoken extensively to key HR decision makers. His philanthropic involvement includes a board seat for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its fundraising arm, ALSAC, for which he served as president and chairman of the board. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

Joe Shaker Jr.

President

Joe Shaker Jr.

President

As a third-generation member of the Shaker family, Joe was raised on recruitment advertising. He describes HR communications as his passion, noting there is no greater achievement than making that connection between companies seeking the right employees and employees seeking the right opportunity. Joe officially began his career at Shaker in 2000, assisting client teams in incorporating online media and digital plans into marketing strategies. He advanced to vice president for Shaker Recruitment Consultants in 2005, directing the division’s niche job board operations. He succeeded his father, Joseph G. Shaker, to become president of Shaker Recruitment Marketing in 2016. He continues to be actively involved in business development, client relationship management, and the evaluation of emerging technologies. Joe serves on the board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and holds a BA in communications from the University of Wisconsin.

Anthony R. Shaker

Principal

Anthony serves as executive vice president of finance and in-house attorney. He has provided counsel for the agency since 1975. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Marquette University and doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Notre Dame.

Derek Briggs

Chief Operating Officer

Derek Briggs

Chief Operating Officer

Derek’s impressive tenure at Shaker spans nearly 20 years. Prior to Shaker, he was an actuary at Price Waterhouse. While currently serving as the agency’s COO, he also heads the Shaker Programmatic team, where he applies his actuarial expertise to our clients’ unique hiring needs and budget, ensuring that each program is customized, strategic, and nimble. His approach to programmatic uniquely positions each client to find the right fit talent as efficiently and effectively as possible. Derek holds a degree in actuarial science from the University of Illinois.

Daniel Shaker

Vice President,
Creative Services

Joe Shaker Jr.

President

As a third-generation member of the Shaker family, Joe was raised on recruitment advertising. He describes HR communications as his passion, noting there is no greater achievement than making that connection between companies seeking the right employees and employees seeking the right opportunity. Joe officially began his career at Shaker in 2000, assisting client teams in incorporating online media and digital plans into marketing strategies. He advanced to vice president for Shaker Recruitment Consultants in 2005, directing the division’s niche job board operations. He succeeded his father, Joseph G. Shaker, to become president of Shaker Recruitment Marketing in 2016. He continues to be actively involved in business development, client relationship management, and the evaluation of emerging technologies. Joe serves on the board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and holds a BA in communications from the University of Wisconsin.

Daniel Shaker

Vice President, Creative Services

Coupled with a nuanced understanding of narrative, organic branding, Daniel’s design expertise and keen aesthetic sense culminate in unrivaled talent for exceptional creative work.

Now an innovator in his field, Daniel began his career at fifteen when, following in the footsteps of his family, he worked his way through Shaker’s creative department. After graduating at the top of his class with a BFA from the American Academy of Art, Daniel ventured into business for himself with the inception of his creative firm, Matte Black Studios. As one of the first creative firms to integrate responsive web design into its work, MBS excelled in innovative branding and interactive design that serviced clients from a broad range of industries. Matte Black merged with Shaker in 2015 and Daniel assumed the role of Executive Director, Creative Services. Today, Daniel’s talent and expertise support Shaker’s evolution into the digital realm.

Derek Briggs

Chief Operating Officer

Derek’s impressive tenure at Shaker spans nearly 20 years. Prior to Shaker, he was an actuary at Price Waterhouse. While currently serving as the agency’s COO, he also heads the Shaker Programmatic team, where he applies his actuarial expertise to our clients’ unique hiring needs and budget, ensuring that each program is customized, strategic, and nimble. His approach to programmatic uniquely positions each client to find the right fit talent as efficiently and effectively as possible. Derek holds a degree in actuarial science from the University of Illinois.

Daniel Shaker

Vice President, Creative Services

Coupled with a nuanced understanding of narrative, organic branding, Daniel’s design expertise and keen aesthetic sense culminate in unrivaled talent for exceptional creative work.

Now an innovator in his field, Daniel began his career at fifteen when, following in the footsteps of his family, he worked his way through Shaker’s creative department. After graduating at the top of his class with a BFA from the American Academy of Art, Daniel ventured into business for himself with the inception of his creative firm, Matte Black Studios. As one of the first creative firms to integrate responsive web design into its work, MBS excelled in innovative branding and interactive design that serviced clients from a broad range of industries. Matte Black merged with Shaker in 2015 and Daniel assumed the role of Executive Director, Creative Services. Today, Daniel’s talent and expertise support Shaker’s evolution into the digital realm.

Ellen Paige

Vice President,
Client Services

Ellen Paige

Vice President,
Client Services

Ellen has more than 40 years of experience in advertising and communications, 29 of which have been devoted to her career with Shaker. After earning her bachelor’s in advertising and fine arts from the University of Illinois, Ellen took a position with a major automotive publishing firm, where she quickly advanced from graphic artist to production manager. In 1989, she joined Shaker as an account executive, where she was able to apply her creative talent and leadership abilities to win prestigious accounts and continuously advance her career. Today, Ellen leads a talented team of account professionals in ensuring proactive, consultative service to a variety of accounts. She is actively involved in strengthening our global agency relationships, to provide our customers with innovative service offerings on an international scale.

Mike Temkin

Vice President,
Strategic Planning & Development

Mike Temkin

Vice President,
Strategic Planning & Development

Mike has been an innovative force in product and recruitment advertising during his 45-year career. Upon joining Shaker in 1988, he integrated the philosophy and strategies of product and B2B advertising to generate candidates and foster employer brand recognition with active and passive/impulsive candidates for our clients. He has worked on recruitment, retention, and referral strategies and on community outreach and employer brand consultation for accounts in the retail, health care, pharmaceutical, insurance, financial, manufacturing, IT, and hospitality sectors. Mike advises clients on the use of established and newly introduced media and technology to support TA objectives and analytical measurement. Before Shaker, Mike spent 16 years working with consumer and industrial clients on advertising campaigns and PR initiatives to support the marketing of products and services.

Ellen Paige

Vice President,
Client Services

Ellen has more than 40 years of experience in advertising and communications, 29 of which have been devoted to her career with Shaker. After earning her bachelor’s in advertising and fine arts from the University of Illinois, Ellen took a position with a major automotive publishing firm, where she quickly advanced from graphic artist to production manager. In 1989, she joined Shaker as an account executive, where she was able to apply her creative talent and leadership abilities to win prestigious accounts and continuously advance her career. Today, Ellen leads a talented team of account professionals in ensuring proactive, consultative service to a variety of accounts. She is actively involved in strengthening our global agency relationships, to provide our customers with innovative service offerings on an international scale.

Peter Carr

Vice President,
Client Services

Peter Carr

Vice President,
Client Services

Throughout his career, Peter has focused on developing and sustaining high-level and long-term client relationships. The key to his success is his ability to listen to client challenges, identify new marketing opportunities, introduce strategic solutions and deliver measurable results. He brings deep knowledge of employer brand activation, candidate attraction and engagement, and improving the candidate experience. Peter leads agency partnerships through a genuine approach based on immersion into their brands, cultures and industries. He holds a BA in Communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Deb Andrychuk

Vice President,
Client Services

Deb Andrychuk

Vice President,
Client Services

Deb Andrychuk brings 20 years of specialized experience in the recruitment marketing and advertising space. As one of Shaker’s key executive partners, Deb leads talent attraction strategy planning for clients across all industries. Deb focuses on being a true partner to talent acquisition teams, as well as corporate communications and marketing teams, to help build and amplify companies’ employer brand strength across the entire eco-system of recruitment marketing solutions. Her commitment is centered on providing the highest level of customer service and thought leadership that every client deserves, regardless of size. Deb lives in St. Louis with her husband, where she enjoys entertaining friends and family, biking and traveling.

Mike Temkin

Vice President,
Strategic Planning & Development

Mike has been an innovative force in product and recruitment advertising during his 45-year career. Upon joining Shaker in 1988, he integrated the philosophy and strategies of product and B2B advertising to generate candidates and foster employer brand recognition with active and passive/impulsive candidates for our clients. He has worked on recruitment, retention, and referral strategies and on community outreach and employer brand consultation for accounts in the retail, health care, pharmaceutical, insurance, financial, manufacturing, IT, and hospitality sectors. Mike advises clients on the use of established and newly introduced media and technology to support TA objectives and analytical measurement. Before Shaker, Mike spent 16 years working with consumer and industrial clients on advertising campaigns and PR initiatives to support the marketing of products and services.

Peter Carr

Vice President,
Client Services

Throughout his career, Peter has focused on developing and sustaining high-level and long-term client relationships. The key to his success is his ability to listen to client challenges, identify new marketing opportunities, introduce strategic solutions and deliver measurable results. He brings deep knowledge of employer brand activation, candidate attraction and engagement, and improving the candidate experience. Peter leads agency partnerships through a genuine approach based on immersion into their brands, cultures and industries. He holds a BA in Communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Amanda Shaker

Director,
Communications & Public Relations

Amanda Shaker

Director,
Communications & Public Relations

With nearly 15 years in strategic communications, Amanda has worked on a variety of industries—including online education, health care, personal care, food and beverage, and pet care—on both the agency side and in internal client roles. With a specialty in earned and digital media, Amanda is always on a quest for those storytelling moments that spark interest and engagement among a client’s targeted audiences. Amanda joined Shaker from Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, and brings a consumer marketing lens to recruitment marketing. She earned her journalism degree in PR and advertising from the University of Wisconsin.

Diana Brewster

Account Director

Diana Brewster

Account Director

Diana joined Shaker 17 years ago in the Creative Services department, applying her previous copywriting skills to recruitment communications. Within a year, she transitioned into account service and built valuable industry knowledge and expertise managing day-to-day advertising needs. Today, Diana manages integrated recruitment strategies for accounts such as Motorola, Merck, and Trader Joe’s. Her responsibilities involve media research and planning while providing overall day-to-day recruitment solutions and consultation. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and communications from the University of Iowa.

Amanda Shaker

Director,
Communications & Public Relations

With nearly 15 years in strategic communications, Amanda has worked on a variety of industries—including online education, health care, personal care, food and beverage, and pet care—on both the agency side and in internal client roles. With a specialty in earned and digital media, Amanda is always on a quest for those storytelling moments that spark interest and engagement among a client’s targeted audiences. Amanda joined Shaker from Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, and brings a consumer marketing lens to recruitment marketing. She earned her journalism degree in PR and advertising from the University of Wisconsin.

Jerry Digani

Vice President,
Health Care

Amanda Shaker

Director,
Communications & Public Relations

With nearly 15 years in strategic communications, Amanda has worked on a variety of industries—including online education, health care, personal care, food and beverage, and pet care—on both the agency side and in internal client roles. With a specialty in earned and digital media, Amanda is always on a quest for those storytelling moments that spark interest and engagement among a client’s targeted audiences. Amanda joined Shaker from Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, and brings a consumer marketing lens to recruitment marketing. She earned her journalism degree in PR and advertising from the University of Wisconsin.

Jerry Digani

Vice President,
Health Care

As Vice President of Shaker’s Healthcare Division with over 40 years of experience, Jerry provides our health care teams with a candidate focused approach to healthcare recruitment marketing. Jerry recognized that creating branded, integrated media strategies that spoke directly to prospective candidates lead to successful hiring and increased retention. Jerry is a frequent speaker for local and national recruitment organizations. Under his leadership our health care client base has become national in scope. From free standing rural hospitals to large healthcare systems across the country, taking each client’s needs personally has led to our continued success. He has a Bachelor's degree from Marquette University and is a member of NAHCR and ASHHRA.

Jerry Digani

Vice President,
Health Care

As Vice President of Shaker’s Healthcare Division with over 40 years of experience, Jerry provides our health care teams with a candidate focused approach to healthcare recruitment marketing. Jerry recognized that creating branded, integrated media strategies that spoke directly to prospective candidates lead to successful hiring and increased retention. Jerry is a frequent speaker for local and national recruitment organizations. Under his leadership our health care client base has become national in scope. From free standing rural hospitals to large healthcare systems across the country, taking each client’s needs personally has led to our continued success. He has a Bachelor's degree from Marquette University and is a member of NAHCR and ASHHRA.

Diana Brewster

Account Director

Diana joined Shaker 17 years ago in the Creative Services department, applying her previous copywriting skills to recruitment communications. Within a year, she transitioned into account service and built valuable industry knowledge and expertise managing day-to-day advertising needs. Today, Diana manages integrated recruitment strategies for accounts such as Motorola, Merck, and Trader Joe’s. Her responsibilities involve media research and planning while providing overall day-to-day recruitment solutions and consultation. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and communications from the University of Iowa.

Ginger Dodds

Account Director

Ginger Dodds

Account Director

Ginger Dodds has dedicated her career at Shaker to helping her clients attract, engage, and retain the employees best suited to their particular needs. She has extensive experience in developing recruitment and sourcing strategies, creating strong media plans, generating successful employer branding campaigns, and strengthening internal and external communications to better position her clients as employers of choice. As a turn-key recruitment marketing specialist and effective administrator, Ginger has established herself as a dynamic project manager who leads teams from initial project conceptualization to successful completion. She holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of South Florida and is an active member of SuncoastHR. Outside of work, you can find Ginger traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and cats.

Jerry Digani

Vice President,
Health Care

As Vice President of Shaker’s Healthcare Division with over 40 years of experience, Jerry provides our health care teams with a candidate focused approach to healthcare recruitment marketing. Jerry recognized that creating branded, integrated media strategies that spoke directly to prospective candidates lead to successful hiring and increased retention. Jerry is a frequent speaker for local and national recruitment organizations. Under his leadership our health care client base has become national in scope. From free standing rural hospitals to large healthcare systems across the country, taking each client’s needs personally has led to our continued success. He has a Bachelor's degree from Marquette University and is a member of NAHCR and ASHHRA.

Mike Farag

Sales Coordinator,
Shaker Recruitment Consultants

Mike Farag

Sales Coordinator,
Shaker Recruitment Consultants

Michael Farag joined us in 2007, when Shaker Recruitment Consultants (SRC) launched its first local niche online job board, ChicagoJobs.com. He brings to Shaker vast sales expertise, which includes experience at CareerBuilder.com as a designated multimedia healthcare specialist. Michael now manages the sales team for SRC’s 16 niche online job boards. In addition, he is head of sales in Shaker’s Virtual Events department, giving organizations the technology, capability, and customization to host their own virtual events. Michael obtained his degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual major in marketing and management.

Tony Lepore

Director,
Brand Strategy

Mike Farag

Sales Coordinator,
Shaker Recruitment Consultants

Michael Farag joined us in 2007, when Shaker Recruitment Consultants (SRC) launched its first local niche online job board, ChicagoJobs.com. He brings to Shaker vast sales expertise, which includes experience at CareerBuilder.com as a designated multimedia healthcare specialist. Michael now manages the sales team for SRC’s 16 niche online job boards. In addition, he is head of sales in Shaker’s Virtual Events department, giving organizations the technology, capability, and customization to host their own virtual events. Michael obtained his degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual major in marketing and management.

Tony Lepore

Director,
Brand Strategy

An accomplished marketing professional with more than 20 years of agency leadership experience in client relations and creative, Tony is a consultant and conference speaker on employer brand theory, strategy, and execution. He applies his in-depth knowledge of traditional and emerging media, recruiting systems, and vendor landscape to elevate client business strategy through brand definition, EVP identification and articulation, strategic positioning, creative differentiation, and campaign measurement. He is a research director and collaborative leader of cross-functional teams on both the client side and agency side.

Ginger Dodds

Account Director

Ginger Dodds has dedicated her career at Shaker to helping her clients attract, engage, and retain the employees best suited to their particular needs. She has extensive experience in developing recruitment and sourcing strategies, creating strong media plans, generating successful employer branding campaigns, and strengthening internal and external communications to better position her clients as employers of choice. As a turn-key recruitment marketing specialist and effective administrator, Ginger has established herself as a dynamic project manager who leads teams from initial project conceptualization to successful completion. She holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of South Florida and is an active member of SuncoastHR. Outside of work, you can find Ginger traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband and cats.

Lia Mancini

Director of Programmatic

Lia Mancini

Director of Programmatic

This expert in programmatic and recruitment technologies joined Shaker 13 years ago in the Traffic department. Within a year, Lia transitioned into client services to support the JB Hunt account. Shortly thereafter, she joined the team of Shaker Recruitment Consultants, which develops and powers local job boards for media partners throughout the U.S. In her SRC roles—first in sales role, then as director of the department—she became well acquainted not only with the recruitment marketing needs of clients but also the intricacies of the job board landscape from a technical perspective. Lia now is a member of the Shaker Programmatic team, which implements and oversees programmatic advertising campaigns for agency clients. Lia holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in international studies and in Italian from Loyola University Chicago.

Jimmy McCourt

Account Director

Jimmy McCourt

Account Director

Jimmy joined Shaker in 2017, and brings with him a diverse recruitment marketing background. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he joined job search engine Indeed.com, where he helped organizations evolve their recruitment strategies by leveraging technology and data analysis. Since then, Jimmy has worked with nearly every facet of the recruitment marketing industry, from job search engine SimplyHired to newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and Hearst. He has managed comprehensive recruitment strategies for organizations of all shapes and sizes and prides himself on his consultative approach, fostering transparency and shared success.

Lia Mancini

Director of Programmatic

This expert in programmatic and recruitment technologies joined Shaker 13 years ago in the Traffic department. Within a year, Lia transitioned into client services to support the JB Hunt account. Shortly thereafter, she joined the team of Shaker Recruitment Consultants, which develops and powers local job boards for media partners throughout the U.S. In her SRC roles—first in sales role, then as director of the department—she became well acquainted not only with the recruitment marketing needs of clients but also the intricacies of the job board landscape from a technical perspective. Lia now is a member of the Shaker Programmatic team, which implements and oversees programmatic advertising campaigns for agency clients. Lia holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in international studies and in Italian from Loyola University Chicago.

Keegan Ocepek

Director,
Marketing

Keegan Ocepek

Director,
Marketing

Keegan helps clients shape the vision and strategy around brand building and communications rollout. As a brand steward, she ensures that advertising is compelling, authentic, differentiating, and built to deliver on targeted outreach strategies. She has spearheaded marketing and creative initiatives for The Cheesecake Factory, Dyson, Sephora, CBRE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Keegan also oversees Shaker’s marketing function. Keegan earned her B.A. in mass communication/media studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and then went globetrotting. She has lived in four countries, visited more than 30, and is bilingual in Spanish.

Lia Mancini

Director of Programmatic

This expert in programmatic and recruitment technologies joined Shaker 13 years ago in the Traffic department. Within a year, Lia transitioned into client services to support the JB Hunt account. Shortly thereafter, she joined the team of Shaker Recruitment Consultants, which develops and powers local job boards for media partners throughout the U.S. In her SRC roles—first in sales role, then as director of the department—she became well acquainted not only with the recruitment marketing needs of clients but also the intricacies of the job board landscape from a technical perspective. Lia now is a member of the Shaker Programmatic team, which implements and oversees programmatic advertising campaigns for agency clients. Lia holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in international studies and in Italian from Loyola University Chicago.

Jimmy McCourt

Account Director

Jimmy joined Shaker in 2017, and brings with him a diverse recruitment marketing background. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he joined job search engine Indeed.com, where he helped organizations evolve their recruitment strategies by leveraging technology and data analysis. Since then, Jimmy has worked with nearly every facet of the recruitment marketing industry, from job search engine SimplyHired to newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and Hearst. He has managed comprehensive recruitment strategies for organizations of all shapes and sizes and prides himself on his consultative approach, fostering transparency and shared success.

Denise Polanski

Creative Director

Denise Polanski

Creative Director

Denise started at Shaker fresh out of Rosary College more than 20 years ago, and has been a force of nature here since—advancing from proofreader through production, graphic design, and creative supervision roles to the director position she holds today. Her photographic memory and voracious self-teaching in everything from social media management tools to web development have made her an invaluable resource to our creative, account services, and technology teams. Denise manages the day-to-day activities of our Creative Department, including vendor relationships, acquiring and developing creative talent, and managing collateral projects from quotation through final deliverable. Companies that have benefited from her expertise and talent include Merck, Sanofi, U.S. Cellular, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Beyond Shaker, Denise stays current on everything pop culture, reads almost anything she can get her hands on, and scopes out the next release and concert of Bruce Springsteen, whom she’s seen over a dozen times (and counting).

Keegan Ocepek

Director,
Marketing

Keegan helps clients shape the vision and strategy around brand building and communications rollout. As a brand steward, she ensures that advertising is compelling, authentic, differentiating, and built to deliver on targeted outreach strategies. She has spearheaded marketing and creative initiatives for The Cheesecake Factory, Dyson, Sephora, CBRE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Keegan also oversees Shaker’s marketing function. Keegan earned her B.A. in mass communication/media studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and then went globetrotting. She has lived in four countries, visited more than 30, and is bilingual in Spanish.

Meghan Seal

Creative Project Manager

Meghan Seal

Creative Project Manager

After earning her BFA in graphic design from the American Academy of Art, Meghan joined Matte Black Studios, a creative firm led by Daniel Shaker. There, she transitioned into production and project-management roles, leading a variety of project types, from branding to packaging to websites. When MBS merged with Shaker in 2015, Meghan assumed the position of creative project manager, overseeing a wide array of projects, with a specialty in digital communications. She keeps the moving parts of complex projects operating like a well-oiled machine by facilitating communication among clients, creatives, and internal team members. She establishes project calendars and coordinates the execution of tasks among the department.

Megan Tracy

Director,
Key Accounts

Megan Tracy

Director,
Key Accounts

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of recruitment advertising, Megan has serviced, generated, managed, and directed accounts in a wide array of industries, including financial, insurance, health care, pharmaceutical, and professional services. In addition, she served for three years as the director of fulfillment services at a major international online job board. Megan came to Shaker in 2010, applying her talents in research, reporting, and client relations to special projects within the agency. She holds a Bachelor of Science in management from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Denise Polanski

Creative Director

Denise started at Shaker fresh out of Rosary College more than 20 years ago, and has been a force of nature here since—advancing from proofreader through production, graphic design, and creative supervision roles to the director position she holds today. Her photographic memory and voracious self-teaching in everything from social media management tools to web development have made her an invaluable resource to our creative, account services, and technology teams. Denise manages the day-to-day activities of our Creative Department, including vendor relationships, acquiring and developing creative talent, and managing collateral projects from quotation through final deliverable. Companies that have benefited from her expertise and talent include Merck, Sanofi, U.S. Cellular, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Beyond Shaker, Denise stays current on everything pop culture, reads almost anything she can get her hands on, and scopes out the next release and concert of Bruce Springsteen, whom she’s seen over a dozen times (and counting).

Meghan Seal

Creative Project Manager

After earning her BFA in graphic design from the American Academy of Art, Meghan joined Matte Black Studios, a creative firm led by Daniel Shaker. There, she transitioned into production and project-management roles, leading a variety of project types, from branding to packaging to websites. When MBS merged with Shaker in 2015, Meghan assumed the position of creative project manager, overseeing a wide array of projects, with a specialty in digital communications. She keeps the moving parts of complex projects operating like a well-oiled machine by facilitating communication among clients, creatives, and internal team members. She establishes project calendars and coordinates the execution of tasks among the department.

Tracy Wascoe Noer

Account Director

Tracy Wascoe Noer

Account Director

Tracy has been with Shaker for more than 18 years of her 25-plus-year advertising career. As an account director, she thrives on being a valued partner with her clients' teams as she guides and assists them with their recruitment marketing decisions. Tracy leads a team of Shaker account executives and managers, who work together in delivering the very best service—developing recruitment marketing strategies, implementing media plans, negotiating contracts, managing vendor partnerships ... really anything and everything when it comes to helping our clients reach, find and keep right-fit talent. Tracy works in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband, sons Max and Ryan, and dog U.B. She earned her B.A. in marketing from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jennifer Whitson

Senior PPC Analyst

Jennifer Whitson

Senior PPC Analyst

Jennifer began her career at Shaker in 1999 upon earning her bachelor’s in advertising from the University of Illinois. She started in the Digital/Broadcast department, developing media strategies, negotiating contracts, and providing client support to high-volume digital media advertising accounts. She was promoted to director of the Digital Department, where she helped to expand new business, researched emerging media, and managed a team of digital media planners. In 2007, Jennifer switched her focus from digital marketing to PPP advertising, and was an integral part of developing the PPC department from the ground up. She managed and maintained client PPC campaigns, developed PPC strategies, and provided detailed analyses of performance metric reporting. Today Jennifer manages the department that handles all paid search and social media campaigns. She has extensive experience developing comprehensive pay strategies for clients from various industries. Her in-depth knowledge of the Internet, research skills, and dedication make her a valuable member of the Shaker team.

Tracy Wascoe Noer

Account Director

Tracy has been with Shaker for more than 18 years of her 25-plus-year advertising career. As an account director, she thrives on being a valued partner with her clients' teams as she guides and assists them with their recruitment marketing decisions. Tracy leads a team of Shaker account executives and managers, who work together in delivering the very best service—developing recruitment marketing strategies, implementing media plans, negotiating contracts, managing vendor partnerships ... really anything and everything when it comes to helping our clients reach, find and keep right-fit talent. Tracy works in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband, sons Max and Ryan, and dog U.B. She earned her B.A. in marketing from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Tracy Wascoe Noer

Account Director

Tracy has been with Shaker for more than 18 years of her 25-plus-year advertising career. As an account director, she thrives on being a valued partner with her clients' teams as she guides and assists them with their recruitment marketing decisions. Tracy leads a team of Shaker account executives and managers, who work together in delivering the very best service—developing recruitment marketing strategies, implementing media plans, negotiating contracts, managing vendor partnerships ... really anything and everything when it comes to helping our clients reach, find and keep right-fit talent. Tracy works in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband, sons Max and Ryan, and dog U.B. She earned her B.A. in marketing from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jennifer Whitson

Senior PPC Analyst

Jennifer began her career at Shaker in 1999 upon earning her bachelor’s in advertising from the University of Illinois. She started in the Digital/Broadcast department, developing media strategies, negotiating contracts, and providing client support to high-volume digital media advertising accounts. She was promoted to director of the Digital Department, where she helped to expand new business, researched emerging media, and managed a team of digital media planners. In 2007, Jennifer switched her focus from digital marketing to PPP advertising, and was an integral part of developing the PPC department from the ground up. She managed and maintained client PPC campaigns, developed PPC strategies, and provided detailed analyses of performance metric reporting. Today Jennifer manages the department that handles all paid search and social media campaigns. She has extensive experience developing comprehensive pay strategies for clients from various industries. Her in-depth knowledge of the Internet, research skills, and dedication make her a valuable member of the Shaker team.

Our History

Our beginnings were simple. Over 60 years ago, our founder Joseph R. Shaker saw a need and took a chance on an agency model dedicated exclusively to recruitment advertising communications.

1951

1951

Joseph R. Shaker Founded Shaker Agency, a newspaper rep firm focusing on Chicagoland newspaper help wanted classified advertising.

It's easy to walk through the forest once somebody has already cut down the trees.
Joseph R. Shaker

1960s

The company expands from rep firm to a full-service recruitment advertising agency (Shaker Advertising Agency & Classified Advertising Consultants). Moves headquarters out of the Loop and into Oak Park.

1960s
1970s

1970s

The second generation joins the business. Opens full-service offices in Florida and New Jersey.

1980s

Shaker grows its national footprint and expands globally.

1980s

1990s

Shaker creates Shaker Recruitment Consultants, a division that advises local media, predominantly newspapers, on how to remain relevant and maximize their presence in the current recruitment/talent acquisition landscape.

1990s

2000s

Shaker evolves from a newspaper media focus into a digital and creative branding powerhouse. Shaker creates the first Recruitment Trade Association (RAA).

2000s
2016

2016

Shaker acquires Chicago-based brand marketing and design firm Matte Black Studios, expanding our creative team and increasing Shaker's capabilities with boundary-pushing branding and web site services.

2010s

2016

Shaker celebrates its 65th year. The third generation leads the family business.

2018

Shaker acquires The Arland Group, a prominent recruitment marketing and communications agency based in St. Louis, advancing Shaker’s growth strategy as well as physical footprint.

1990s

What They Say

Nothing makes us prouder than the relationships we have forged with so many great clients over our 60-plus years. Thank you for your partnership and kind words. We are humbled … and continue to be energized by working with you.

Merck

We truly value Shaker’s consultative approach and complete attention to our business. We know we can always rely on them to share ever-evolving industry insights. Their specialized expertise unquestionably impacts our global recruitment marketing and TA successes.


Fran Murphy, Global Recruiting Solutions Leader, Merck

LG Electronics USA

Shaker has been instrumental in helping us to build an employment brand as strong as our consumer brand. Their creative, innovative solutions truly engage candidates. Their partnership with our North American Career portal, and the development of a global career portal supporting all LG businesses, has been invaluable.


Jason Jesunas, Head, Talent Acquisition, LG Electronics USA

Option Care

I’ve worked with Shaker for 15+ years across 3 different companies. They are extremely service-oriented, and hands-down, just a great group of people my entire team enjoys working with. They are the first and only team I rely on with my recruiting challenges.


Mike Bavaro, Vice President, HR Business Partners and Talent, Option Care

U.S. Cellular

The level of support and consultation Shaker provides is top-notch. They are an incredible and valued partner, and I would recommend them to any organization looking to take their employment brand and recruitment marketing to the next level.


Eric Clemons, Senior Manager – Employment Brand Strategies, U.S. Cellular

Ulta Beauty

Shaker is a true partner and extension of our team! Their consultative approach and recruitment expertise is invaluable to the work we do. I trust them, and know they always do what is best for OUR business.


Sean Taylor, Director of Talent Acquisition, Ulta Beauty

Cerner

Shaker has been a great partner throughout the past few years providing great insights into new industry innovations. Their team is very consultative and delivers high quality outcomes to make a positive impact on our ability to attract the best and brightest.


Troy Teague, Director, Recruiting and Recruiting Operations, Cerner

Our Pillars

Doing the right things to reach the right talent: This guiding principle is more vital than ever, given the increasing number of media, tools and technology available to employers and employees.

Shaker is on your side.
We listen to you. Carefully.
Then we consult. Thoughtfully.

We draw from a deep well of recruitment marketing options to deliver customized, user-focused communication strategies, authentic employer branding, award-winning creative, and media plans you can trust, because we are champions of your best interest.

COMPREHENSIVE

We draw from our full spectrum of services to tailor a recruitment marketing strategy to your unique needs.

CREATIVE

Engage right-fit talent in meaningful ways through authentic employer branding and compelling creative.

CONSULTATIVE

You can trust our recommendations because they are impartial and informed by deep industry experience.

CARE

A familial business model based on trust and client success means you can rely on attentive, agile service.

Our Approach

What we do starts with you. Before we talk, we listen. Before we consult, we think … and very carefully. About the media and communications options available, and about what's the best mix for you. How? By asking the right questions.

RIGHT MESSAGE

Why should candidates consider working with you above all else? We’ll uncover your employer brand, and build it with purpose. We’ll identify how you’re different, and express it in a way that is authentic and core to who you are … to ensure your messages are true to your lived-out employee experience.

How and where should you communicate with right-fit talent? We’ll carefully consider your goals and needs against the vast array of options, and custom-develop targeted, budget-conscious strategies to reach candidates where they are. And we’ll analyze and adapt strategies based on performance against goals.

RIGHT OUTREACH
RIGHT EXPERIENCE

What do you want your candidates and employees to feel when they engage with your communications? What do you want them to do? Everything we create starts with the user in mind. We design and develop all web sites to be responsive across all devices, and totally intuitive and seamless across platforms.

Let's Shake On It

Choices, choices, choices: How do you decide what's best for you? That's why we're here. There's so much we can accomplish together.

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