Our People

Bill Stern

CEO

After his family, Bill is most proud of the following: When he became President/CEO of Stern Advertising, it had eight employees and $2 million in billings. Today, Stern employs 87 people in six offices with over $90 million in billings. Bill began his advertising career…

Doug Cohen

President

Doug’s experiences have taught him the value of developing and nurturing a big idea and the power of connecting with consumers in a meaningful way. He’s been doing it for the past 20+ years in a national and international capacity for a variety of category…

Steve Romanenghi

EVP Exec. Creative Director

From a blank sheet of paper to the finished product, Steve lives to make advertising that makes a difference. He has been creating results-driven, award-winning advertising for over 20 years. After beginning his career in L.A. working on the Toyota account at Saatchi & Saatchi,…

Bob Felty

VP Creative Director

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about advertising (or Cleveland sports) than Bob. Cleveland born and bred, Bob has more than twenty-three years of experience in the business– fourteen of those years with Stern Advertising. A graduate of The Cleveland Institute Of Art,…

Melanie Long

VP Social Media and Public Relations

Melanie has been at the forefront of innovative and effective strategies for more than 10 years working with brands like the Cleveland Browns, Sherwin-Williams and Tuesday Morning. Her experience spans traditional media relations, social media campaigns and influencer marketing. Her holistic approach ensures your campaign…

Mike Rini

SVP Interactive Services

When it comes to websites, pay-per-click, search engine optimization or any online program, Mike is our guy. Mike is passionate about determining not only what online solutions best fit his client’s needs, but more importantly, being able to measure and quantify their impact. Prior to…

Joe Hicks

EVP Account Director

Joe began his professional career as a successful accountant and analyst. He then parlayed his numerical discipline and his people skills to the world of marketing and advertising for the next 20 years. Joe began his marketing/advertising career on the client side as the Manager…

Rick Defaut

SVP Integrated Media Services

Rick’s the go-to guy for strategic integrated media planning, applying the expertise that was gained from working on both the client and agency sides of the business. With a keen understanding of marketing insights and media, Rick continues to play the essential role in planning,…