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Division Leadership

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Tom Murray

President, Cooperative Data Division

To hear Tom tell it, living and working in Colorado creates a unique synergy between his personal and work life. He loves being outdoors—on his bike, on his boat pursuing that next great fish, or in the woods stalking big game. In the same way, he loves the adventure of helping clients become more successful in their multichannel marketing efforts. Whether on the water, in the woods, or here at Wiland, Tom is driven to go the extra mile to achieve something truly special.

With his 30+ years on both the client and vendor sides of the business, Tom is able to offer our clients unsurpassed multichannel marketing expertise. Having mailed tens of millions of catalogs as well as creating and delivering precisely modeled audiences for both online and offline campaigns, Tom’s wisdom and insights help our clients reach their loftiest goals for growth and profitability.

An avid road cyclist, Tom recently completed a 90-mile ride from Grand Lake, Colorado to Estes Park—and back! That’s two trips over world-renowned Trail Ridge Road (12, 183 ft.) for a total vertical climb of 8,400 feet in one ride!

Tom and his “much better half” Mary enjoy cheering from the sidelines as their kids, Nate and Ellie, discover their passions while receiving their college educations. At the College of Tom Murray, they can learn about putting others’ needs first, being truthful no matter what, and avoiding the temptation to take a shortcut.

Favorite Quote: “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” —Charles Swindoll

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Dan Wells

Division Vice President, Nonprofit

Dan is that rare breed of cat who knows how to listen to others. In a world of talkers, Dan stands out. It’s his innate ability for empathetic listening that makes him so good at what he does; and what he does is create success for our clients. Early on, he helped grow Merkle in his five years there, and before that, he helped form KnowledgeBase Marketing.

Dan has now devoted himself for 30+ years to serving the nonprofit world. He began his career with Wiland Services handling the accounts of many of the nation’s top nonprofits. Later, he helped launch Wiland Inc.’s fast-growing nonprofit division. Today, he helps organizations fulfill their missions by delivering responsive, optimized donor audiences using sophisticated analytics and proprietary modeling, and then reaching these donors through highly effective digital and direct mail marketing solutions.

Having grown up in Maine, Dan actively searches for great adventures to challenge him physically and mentally. His passion is to apply that same fearlessness and confidence of dealing with physically challenging situations to equipping marketing executives to address the evolving challenges of a digital, multichannel world.

Favorite Quote: “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” —Theodore Roosevelt

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New Business Development

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Charles Cadigan

SVP, New Business Development

Charles began his career in the nonprofit sector over 30 years ago. From the high-energy first days of three start-ups to senior positions at some of the industry’s most innovative and respected companies, he has worked with and for some the very best organizations helping to solve the world’s most critical challenges. His leadership roles within the nonprofit sector have included chairing committees of the Direct Marketing Association, both regionally and nationally, along with the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

His skills and expertise have been honed at some of our industry’s leading data providers: TransAmerica Marketing, Epsilon, Acxiom, and Frontline Data. This experience gives him a unique perspective when helping Wiland clients with our highly successful fundraising and marketing solutions.

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Adam Tatro

VP, New Business Development

A small-town boy from Beatrice, Nebraska, Adam has some big time experience doing many different things. He’s worked in banking, insurance, investments, politics, and on a ranch. He loved the good feeling of ranch work at the end of the day, the feeling of accomplishing something that is both visible and tangible. Adam finds that working at Wiland creates that same feeling of accomplishment, doing what’s best for his clients. Along the way, he’s had the good fortune to work for political candidates and organizations in line with his values.

When he’s not at work, you can most likely find Adam playing soccer, a sport he’s played since he was four years old and plans to continue “until I can’t move,” saying it’s a passion and a release. He revels in summer’s sunshine, warmth, and outdoor activities—replaced by an immersion in college football games during the fall…a pretty good trade-off for this child of summer.

Favorite Quote: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” —Luke 6:31

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Aaron Smith

Director, Digital Sales

Having summited 36 of the 54 mountains in Colorado that top 14,000 feet, it’s safe to say Aaron is one who strives to take it to the top. He’s taken it to the top in other ways, too. Since 2000, he’s been involved in Colorado politics. He worked at the state Capitol as an aide to six legislators, and he has lent his skills to numerous campaigns and two political organizations. He has been elected a delegate to the Republican State Assembly, County Assembly and Congressional Assembly multiple times. More notably, he served with U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave as program director and district director for five years.

He previously ran his own practice with Prudential and served as a retirement consultant with TIAA-CREF. In addition to mountain climbing, the native Coloradoan also loves to hike, bike, and spend quality time with his family. Aaron is on terra firma here at Wiland, noting that the work he’s involved with brings him a tremendous amount of satisfaction, as does the privilege of working alongside many great people and clients.

Favorite Quote: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” — Ronald Reagan

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Client Services

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Roger Hiyama

SVP, Client Services

Roger has always loved working with numbers. He remembers the fourth grade math competitions with the chalkboard race to solve the problem. As a child, Roger would listen to the radio of his favorite Denver Bears or Denver Rockets broadcast, tracking such player stats as hits and shots made and then quickly calculating percentages like batting average, field goal and free throw percentages. Today, he methodically captures crazy stats on his golf scorecard to understand tendencies and focus on areas needing improvement.

In his professional life, numbers, data patterns, and the development of audience strategies to solve puzzling business challenges have defined Roger’s career and now his focus at Wiland.

For the past three decades, Roger has focused on data management, data analytics, email marketing, statistics and predictive modeling, insights, and marketing strategy. Over the past 12 years, he’s held senior leadership positions with direct response marketing agencies Merkle, Moore DM Group and Russ Reid Company, combining data-driven strategy with award-winning creative services to raise the funds necessary to help nonprofit organizations change the world.

Roger was born and raised in Colorado where upon graduating from CU-Boulder, he started his career with Wiland & Associates in 1982. He moved to the East Coast in 1983 and now lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and three daughters. In addition to providing “taxi service” for ballet, horseback riding, and team sports activities, Roger still enjoys an occasional round of golf, a movie date night, and following his favorite teams—the Denver Broncos and the Washington Nationals.

Favorite Quote: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” —Henry Ford

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John Ernst

VP, Solutions and Insights

John is a 20-year veteran of the direct mail and nonprofit industries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and English from St. Thomas University, where he also ran track and played soccer.

John started his career as an account executive at Novus. In that role, John represented clients such as Mason Shoe Company and NordicTrack. In 1996, he moved to ParadyszMatera, where he started as an account director.

Over the next 14 years, John worked his way up to senior vice president and helped build the company’s nonprofit division into its largest producer of revenue. Along the way, he brought in major new nonprofit clients such as the Salvation Army and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, thanks in large part to his integration of modeling and analytics into client strategic services. In 2010, John became chief strategy officer for Paradysz + PM Digital, a role in which he oversaw analytics, business development, digital strategy, and client program management.

John, a Minnesota native, has two daughters and a son with his wife, whom he describes as “my rock and my running partner.” His daughters share his love of soccer, and he lives vicariously through his son’s electric guitar prowess. In his free time, John coaches youth soccer and volunteers as a mentor to young players. He also loves to run and spend time camping when the Minnesota weather permits it.

Favorite Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

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Angela Newsom

Client Services Director

In a delightfully understated way, Angela talks about being married to an amazing man (they have five grown children), working full time, and somehow not having a lot of spare time. What would be surprising is if she were to have any.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Angela can lay claim to having two “grandpa pastors” in that both her parents were “PKs” (pastor’s kids), so she and her three younger brothers were brought up in a sometimes strict but always loving household. Angela grew up in Kansas and Missouri, moving often thanks to her dad’s job with JCPenney. The family landed in Colorado during her senior year in high school, and she spent the next 27 years there raising her own family. She and her husband now reside in beautiful Alexandria, VA.

Angela has been in the direct mail and publishing industry for 15 years and loves being part of the Wiland team. She especially appreciates being with a company that places employees and clients at the top and always operates with integrity. Angela and her husband love to vacation in Florida, choosing a different spot to visit each year and planning for retirement, which, fortunately for her clients, is a very long way down the road.

Favorite Quote: “I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.” —Muriel Strode

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Julie Treadman

Client Services Director

It all started with a mouse. Julie’s belief in exceptional customer service is rooted in the Walt Disney College Program and their leading approach to service excellence. You will always find her polished, professional, and still doing the Disney point.

Julie moved from Walt to Washington in 2000, when she decided to apply her skills in politics. She started at the Republican National Committee and held a variety of positions from research analyst to political coordinator. Julie later served as a political appointee at the US Department of Commerce, improving services for trade specialists and US companies focused on maximizing their export potential. From there, she spent more than seven years with FLS Connect as an Account Executive responsible for developing and executing voter contact programs. Just prior to Wiland, she was Director of Special Projects with Aegis Strategic, where she managed the boards and commissions program and voter contact services, among other responsibilities.

Julie was born and raised in St. Peters, MO and earned her Bachelor’s from Northwest Missouri State University. She enjoys cooking, trying the latest new restaurant, spoiling her niece and nephew, football, and way too much HGTV. Julie resides in Alexandria, VA.

Favorite Quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

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Product Management

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Dave Brown

SVP, Product Management

Dave is passionate about learning and exploring, both at work and in his personal life. He loves to challenge his own ideas and notions, always seeking to improve. These traits, coupled with his love of facts and statistics, drew him to direct marketing some 20 years ago; and these virtues are brought to his role at Wiland, where he oversees product development and marketing for the many vertical markets that Wiland serves.

Before joining the company, Dave spent nearly a decade in senior marketing positions at multi-brand catalog retail companies including Astral Direct and Concepts Direct. He also has significant service-side experience, having worked with major direct-marketing clients at EDS, the Polk Company and Prime Response.

Dave graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received his MBA and, more importantly, met his wife. Having lived in Springfield, Missouri for a number of years near the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Dave and his family have returned to Colorado where the much larger Rocky Mountains form the iconic western skyline. When not developing new marketing solutions for our clients, Dave enjoys watching his teenage son and daughter play competitive soccer, traveling to lands near and far, and, of course, exploring.

Favorite Quote: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” —Mark Twain (attributed)

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Will Clayton

SVP, Digital Product Manager

Immersed in the exciting personal computer revolution of the 80s, Will cut his teeth on desktop publishing and computer graphic arts. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education and physics from Brigham Young University and an MBA from North Carolina State University with an emphasis on product innovation and marketing, he developed online storefronts and other early web technology.

He then helped other innovative companies turn ideas into viable marketing tools. Recently, his focus has been on the appropriate, secure use of consumer data for effective marketing; optimization tools for creative, audience and media; cutting-edge technical developments in digital marketing; and the evolution of mobile, local, video and other rapidly emerging digital channels.

Will says his true work and passion is at home, where he helps care for, and learns from, six amazing children. He teaches safety and leadership skills to Boy Scouts and to adult Scout advisers. An accomplished and award-winning Toastmaster, Will stands ready to address any gathering. As our go-to guy on digital, Will expands Wiland’s bandwidth by translating geeky concepts into simple explanations and thorny technical challenges into elegant product solutions.

Favorite Quote: “Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.” —Simone Weil

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Wells Spence

VP, Product Management

Throughout his career, Wells’ core mission has been to help companies thrive by identifying their challenges and building solutions that fuel success. He brings this same results-oriented outlook to his role as Vice President of Product Management at Wiland.

After graduating from Amherst College in his native New England, Wells began his over 20-year marketing career at direct marketing powerhouses The Danbury Mint and Time Life. More recently, he’s helped companies like The Discovery Channel, Time, Inc., and EBSCO succeed by leveraging data and digital platforms to engage audiences and by leading multi-channel integration initiatives. As part of the Wiland team, Wells enjoys having daily opportunities to use his multifaceted experience to support clients and colleagues alike.

As a recent Colorado transplant, Wells’ top hobby has been gaping awestruck at the Rocky Mountain vistas with his wife and two sons. He also enjoys jogging with his dogs, cheering on and coaching his lacrosse-obsessed sons, and relishing the unfolding of each day with family and friends.

Favorite Quote: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

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Lia Feldman

Marketing Manager

Lia’s Colorado roots run very deep. Her great-grandfather settled a mining town south of Boulder around the turn of the 19th century, and her family has been here ever since. After two years at Walla Walla College in Washington state, she headed back to the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned her B.A. in psychology, and she’s been in Colorado ever since.

Lia spent nearly six years in marketing, sales and event planning at the Fort Collins Country Club. Here at Wiland, she manages all aspects of our corporate identity and brand, along with trade show attendance, sponsorships, marketing messaging and strategy, and web content. She flies all over the country for Wiland, but when she’s not doing the traveling she loves, Lia enjoys her country home at the base of the foothills. She and her husband, Zack, have property with a small flock of chickens, sheep, a dog, and a huge garden. Lia enjoys fishing, boating, hiking and camping, and spending time with family.

Favorite Quote: “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” —Scott Adams

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