The JB Crew

Toy collector. Published author. Disney aficionado. Social justice activist. DIY fanatic. We’re a team of many passions, and where we all converge is our love of marketing. Our goal is to bring talent, passion and a unique perspective to everything we touch, all to create something beautiful for your company: rewarding relationships with your customers.

Learn more about how we can put our craft to work for you.

The Artisans

I’m the only professional here.

Steve Gaither

The OCD President

After experiencing big agency life and realizing there was a smarter way to do things, Steve opened shop in 2000. Today, he uses his diverse background in design, marketing, management and client relations to lead the JB Chicago team, with the goal of providing accountable marketing that is tied to measurable results — making every dollar count.

Prior to founding JB Chicago Steve worked as an art director at GMR, a senior designer at Jager Di Paolo Kemp and a creative at several boutique agencies, where he oversaw launches for Kraft Foods and Burton Snowboards. He is currently on a Board of Advisors to St Xavier University, a board member for both Hooray Puree and Hope for the Silent Voices, and a mentor at the Good Food Accelerator.

You know what, just cork it!

Christina Calderon

The cheeky Creative Director + COO

Originally JB Chicago’s first hire 15 years ago, Christina is now head of the creative department. Her role includes ensuring our clients’ brand is consistent across all mediums, and her expertise in branding, print, digital and social campaigns helps her guide clients in communicating their vision. Internally, she guides the company’s day-to-day operating activities, as well as overall staff development and leadership.

Christina loves working with not-for-profits at JB and has a passion for social justice. She also helps run a clothing pantry every Wednesday that serves the poor in her community.

I’m the office horse-girl.

Lindsey Lullo

The savvy Account Supervisor

Lindsey joined JB after spending nearly four years as a PR and social media account executive at a neighboring Chicagoland agency where she worked on various B2B and B2C accounts. As the main client contact at JB, Lindsey manages the account team and works closely with the creative department to ensure that the client’s goals are executed effectively.

She attended college on the east coast where she was a four-year scholarship athlete on the women’s volleyball team. When not at the office, Lindsey can be found brunching, playing volleyball on the beach and at all of Chicago’s summer festivals.

I can draw good.

Jessica Deahl

The chill Lead Designer

Jessica rounds out the JB design team with her love of innovative and illustrative design. She’s a renowned illustrator-turned-designer who uses her hand-drawn aesthetic to bring projects to life.

Jessica honed her skills at California State University, Long Beach and has created illustrated work for California’s most prominent pop culture galleries, as well as for franchises like Breaking Bad, Saturday Night Live and Alice Through the Looking Glass. She also really likes beer, a passion that has taken her to Europe and beyond and added another bullet point to her résumé: author. When she’s not at JB, Jessica can be found drawing at home and chilling with her black cat, Otis.

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Zach Barr

The tea-lovin’ Designer

Zach joined JB after working two years as an art director at Leo Burnett, where he was a part of the McDonald’s Happy Meal team.  He brings along with him his love for all things packaging and branding.

After attending college on the West Coast, Zach returned home to the Midwest to attend the Chicago Portfolio School, where he fine-tuned his design skills. When not at JB, he can be found nervously watching his beloved Arsenal F.C. soccer team, risograph printing or camping.

Don’t call me sassy.

Dane McDonald

The opinionated Senior Copywriter + Brand Strategist

Dane began his time at JB as the team’s first social media coordinator, but has since advanced up the ranks to his current position as senior copywriter and brand strategist. An experienced storyteller, creative writer, and editorial columnist, Dane is the person at JB who makes sure our clients’ stories come to life via the written word.

Originally from Indianapolis, Dane moved to Chicago after studying Journalism and Theatre & Drama at Indiana University. When not keeping everyone in the office entertained with his sparkling witticisms, Dane is likely to be found at a local movie theater, in search of the city’s best margarita, or at a Disney theme park.