Our Team

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We are Authentic.

We’re grateful to be founded and surrounded by Authentic people who care deeply about each other, our clients, our partners, and our community. Our team’s commitment is what earns us a seat at our clients‘ table. It is what has established our reputation as an award-winning growth firm and top workplace.

With the right team, anything is possible.

We invite you to get to know our team, and learn more about the vision and values that guide us.

Meet Our Operating Team

Jennifer Zick

Founder & CEO

Meg Van Sloun

Chief Operating Officer

Jake Irey

Director of Client services

Mark Coronna

Chief Development officer

Jessica Berg

Director of business & partner development

Brita Hammer

Marketing Manager

Julia Hadley

Marketing coordinator

Shauna Bainbridge

Fractional Controller

Meet Our Consulting Team

Barb Bertsch

chief marketing officer

Daneen Kiger

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Tracy Steeno

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Peter Zaballos

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Christy Joyce

chief marketing officer

Kris Paulson

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

John Ryan

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Kate Hendershott

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Ruth Glaser

chief marketing officer

Eric Wanta

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Sherry Rothenberg

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Veronica Williams

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Sean Syring

chief marketing officer

Tammy Ribaudo

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Jessica Moyer

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Patrick Reiter

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

Our Origin Story

Founded in 2017 by Jennifer Zick, Authentic was an early pioneer in the space of Fractional CMO services.

An experienced revenue builder, Jennifer had held sales and marketing executive roles for a variety of start-up and global enterprise organizations, where she thrived in building strong brands, teams, and customer relationships. 

At one point in her career, Jennifer took a step back from her then VP of Sales and Marketing role to create more bandwidth to raise her three young children. She didn’t know it at the time, but she had inadvertently created a role for herself as a Fractional CMO, leading the marketing of a fast-growing services firm, on a part-time, flexible basis. 

Years later, after additional full-time executive marketing roles, it was the unexpected loss of a job that led Jennifer to a crossroads: Would she look for another full-time marketing executive role, or would she nurture the seed of entrepreneurship that was growing in her heart? 

After a weekend of reflection at her cabin in northern Minnesota, Jennifer chose the latter, and set her sights on creating a new type of marketing leadership offering based on a two-pronged vision: Help businesses leverage marketing to achieve growth, and help brilliant marketers to love their lives and their work. 

The result of this vision was the creation of Fractional CMO services, delivered through Authentic’s unique approach that combines Marketers + Methodology + Mindshare to deliver revenue results.

Today, Authentic is a thriving community of marketing leaders, helping businesses Overcome Random Acts of Marketing® and reach next-level growth. Our clients represent a wide variety of business types, models, and sectors, across the United States and around the world.

Authentic Headquarters
4600 W. 77th St. Suite #385
Minneapolis, MN 55435

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