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We Are Mackey

We are Mackey, a uniquely skilled and talented group of creative and strategic thinkers with one common goal: to partner with your brand and move it forward. Some say we are obsessed with our profession... we have to agree. We study it, we live it, we own it! Moving your brand to a new level is what excites our team, and this enthusiasm will make us your go-to creative specialists. We are responsive and deliver on strategy, on time and on budget.


Nobody knows your brand better than you. We listen and make sure your ideas are heard.


We never lose sight of your project’s timelines (no matter how tight they are!)


We have the answers when you need them. You no longer have to wait until Monday.


We care about your brand just as much as you do. You become family, not just another client. 

Eric Edel

Partner / Creative Director

Designing professionally in product packaging for the past 20 plus years, Eric’s passion for design is what gets him up in the morning. From the a.m. cup of coffee he is off and running, integrating creativity with strategic thinking. With Eric, it’s not just the flavor of the day, it’s much more holistic and thoroughly researched than that. His strength is building brand solutions from concept through production, to bring a strong shelf presence that moves the brand forward.

Nick Riley

Partner / Account Executive

Nick's reputation in fostering new client relationships drives his role to find on-trend insights that help brands stand out, break through and succeed on shelf.

Jenna Smith

Partner / Account Executive

Jenna's background in the marketing and food industry, her packaging know-how, and her savvy creative ideas are just a few key elements that she brings to every brand project! Her well-rounded, positive attitude and her keen attention to every detail will quickly earn your confidence. Because Jenna balances an analytical mind with on-target solutions, clients put their trust in her to produce results that move their brands forward.

Dave Ahlers

Creative Director

Dave‘s love for packaging design has been feeding his creativity for years. He is a strategic thinker with a strong appetite for design, branding and marketing solutions that work in the reality of the packaging world. Always looking for a unique solve that is ownable, thoughtful, and on target, Dave lives for the idea that goes beyond the creative brief.

Kristi Brown

Senior Production Artist

Kristi is a Mackey veteran and production wizard. For 22 years and counting, she excels at juggling tasks and creative problem-solving. Kristi isn’t afraid to dive deep into a project and immerse herself in every detail, which is appreciated by both her clients and colleagues! Thoughtful, nimble, and accurate are three words to describe Kristi’s work. She brings the perfect combination of a calm attitude and sharp sense of humor to the table, making her a joy to work with.

Susie Beacom

Account Executive

With 20+ years in package design and client relationship management, Susie brings a world of experience to Mackey, including food, medical, and industrial products. This experience contributes to a problem-solving and collaborative approach, allowing clients to feel at ease that their projects will run smoothly. Every day brings unique challenges and opportunities, and Susie tackles every situation with humor and approachability. Strategy-minded, budget and timeline-focused, Susie keeps her eye on the ball.

Angelica McFarlane

Senior Designer

Angelica’s fresh perspective on everything she touches spins solutions into pure gold. Always thinking beyond the marketing ask, Angelica’s thoughtful solutions engage consumers and elevate brands for long-term success. Her passion for design and problem-solving are just a couple of her many talents.

Ted Nordberg

Senior Production Artist

With over 30 years of experience, Ted is a wizard at package production. He’s our go-to guy for problem solving, pre-press challenges, and 3D modeling.

Cindy Oman

Senior Production Artist

With over 30 years in the business as a Production Manager, there isn’t a packaging or printing challenge that Cindy hasn’t mastered. Known as The Sheriff, Cindy’s thoroughness, attention to detail, and experience produces high-quality outcomes. In addition, Cindy has a positive, sunny outlook that makes her a pleasure to work with. Clients rely on her vast knowledge and experience, and she continues to refine her skills as the industry evolves, keeping Mackey at the forefront of print and packaging innovation.

Kelli Elmer

Graphic Designer

Kelli has a well-rounded, unique take on design and her holistic approach brings a fresh perspective to our team. No project is too big or too small; she has an awesome can-do attitude. Kelli’s infectious love of design combined with unmatched thoughtfulness makes Kelli an absolute rockstar!

We Love Our Clients and it Shows in the Commitment We Put Into Every Project

We don’t consider you a client, to us it’s more of a partnership. One built on respect and collaboration that creates excellence. Outstanding design and superior account service are the foundation of a lasting creative partnership.

Working with Mackey is always such an enjoyable experience. Their creativity, attention to detail, flexibility and service are all excellent. They helped us transform a brand look & feel that hadn’t been touched in 10+ years and unify a complex product portfolio. We couldn’t be happier with their partnership.

– Dan Countryman, Marketing Director, Nordic Naturals

Mackey is a highly collaborative partner to Cargill Protein – North America and have a strong track record of delivering quality work. Their team is always up to the challenge no matter the ask or quick turnaround time needed—they get the job done!  We truly value them as a partner.

– Tammy W. Shaw, Director, Retail Marketing, Cargill Protein – North America

Mackey Creative is amazing!  I have utilized them for close to 20 years; bringing the Mackey team into each new CPG company along my career path.   They are a true partner that provides fresh and insightful strategic thinking, incredible depth and range; fast turnaround time and incredible pricing for the top-notch creative quality they deliver time after time. And they are a great bunch of people, making every project enjoyable.

– Nick Naumann, International Director of Sales and Marketing; Carma Laboratories – maker of Carmex® lip balm

I have been working with Mackey Creative for over 15 years.  I’ve partnered with Mackey Creative working with multiple strong brands including FiberChoice, Airborne, Kemps, Crystal Farms and Deli Express.  Most recently, we have been working together on a significant rebrand of Waymouth Farms’ portfolio of brands, including Salad Pizazz! and Good Sense.  Additionally, Mackey has been instrumental in creating Waymouth Farms new corporate identity.  The Mackey team is really engaged in our brand strategy, our consumer insights, and our go-to-market plans.

– Karina Muller, VP Marketing & Innovation, Waymouth Farms dba Good Sense Foods

I love working with Mackey! They present a wide range of creative ideas and concepts to show multiple ways to align with our business strategies and objectives. They are incredibly collaborative and consistently exceed our high expectations.

– Brian Wavinak, Senior Marketing Manager, Truvia® consumer products

“Mackey has completely changed my expectations for vendor partners. The Mackey team took the time to understand Crystal Farm’s business and strategic objectives. They bring their experience and insights to every project and ensure their work is delivering on the broader strategy every time. It’s a relief knowing I have a partner in my corner that will deliver every time.”

– Lauren Jamnick, Crystal Farms

I have personally worked with Mackey Creative for 8+ years now across a few different brands, and can say that each project we work on is a true pleasure.  No matter how simple or complex the project, Mackey team delivers well thought out options that meet and often exceed the visual messages we asked them to deliver.  They are quick, efficient and are committed to getting it right for their clients.

– John Monczynski, VP Sales and Marketing PB2 Foods