Creative Thinkers

  • Creating With
    Tomorrow In Mind
  • Diverse Thinkers
  • Multiple Right Brains With
    A Dash Of Left Brain On
    Every Project

Time & Cost Efficient

  • We Meet Deadlines
  • Transparent Pricing
  • Big City Talent /
    Suburban Cost
  • Quick Turnaround Times

Focused On You

  • Readily Available
  • Same-Day Response
  • We Learn Your Brand
  • Attentive Staff


The Lemon Ad Stand exists because we believe in using our gifts in creative marketing and technical applications to help you achieve your goals. Whether you’re a start-up, a family owned business or a well-established brand with 100 years of traditions, our mission is to assist you in making your mark on this world. We believe in our clients because more often than not – you’re a friend.

When our services help you move your business forward we feel honored to have done our part. We believe in the American Dream, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone…”. The LemonAd Stand looks forward to working with you to make life better and richer.

Executive Squeezers

Calvin Jackson

President/Creative Director

In the third grade Calvin was called to the Principal’s office for having too much money in his pocket. He had been selling hand painted ceramics to the other students. An entrepreneur was born. Though he loves painting, he feared being a starving artist so he channeled his creativity to the digital arts.

After growing and developing his management skills at a few different agencies throughout Chicago-land, it was time to step out and launch his own agency. The LemonAd Stand is a wordplay on an actual stand he built for his daughters to grow their own business.

When Cal isn’t working you can find him working….seriously he’s always working. If he’s promised you something you can trust that he’s making it happen. While sitting in the waiting area at Tae Kwon Do or gymnastics he’s working on what he promised. Rest assured that he puts the laptop down to coach a girl’s basketball team and when his girls need “Papi time”.

Vanessa Jackson-Lopez

Director of Operations

In the Summer of 2006, Vanessa let Calvin know she would never leave corporate America. There was no place for her in the stress of a small business. The universe had other plans and here she is managing the ins and outs of this wonderful company. Of all her responsibilities her favorite, by far, is writing the e-blasts.

Despite how terrible her handwriting is, Vanessa has been writing stories, poems and staple bound books from an early age. Her love for vocabulary and language rivals only her love for peanut butter cups. This romance with language drives her love for communicating across various mediums. Sometimes Vanessa gets pulled away from excel docs to write copy for an industry she doesn’t know a lot about and those assignments are even more exciting than the e-blasts.

In her free time, she sleeps; preferably without dreaming which she finds disruptive. When not sleeping she’s wine tasting, preferably red wine which naturally leads to sleep.

Greg Tanacea

Business Analyst / CTO

A founding member of numerous successful startups including,, and He currently works with multiple multi-million dollar organizations ranging from commodity brokerage firms to some of the biggest brands in the music industry including Sony Music and Nashville Songwriters Association International. Greg has a unique skill set and diverse background allowing him to effectively help transform organizations by improving their business process with programmatic solutions.

Greg holds an MBA with a marketing/sales emphasis and served as a Navy Submariner.

Expertise: building the business plan/strategy and making sure the revenue model works

Mariestel Salas

Creative Marketing Coordinator

Mariestel was discovered by Vanessa at very young age, somewhere between 4 & 5. She was the original artist, always sketching and ripping paper into paper-mache before either girl knew what it was. One time Mariestel provided a suspect sketch to a police officer (this is actually a great story, call us we’ll tell it to you). Needless to say, Mariestel & Vanessa go way back so she was an obvious addition to The LemonAd Stand.

Today, Mariestel serves as Creative Coordinator for the company’s marketing initiatives. You don’t receive any marketing materials from The LemonAd Stand that haven’t been stamped by her approval. She concepts, edits copy and can be seen dressed as a leprechaun in a St. Patty’s Day ad we ran. That’s commitment.

In her free time, she works out to balance out her fascination with beer tasting. If you need kettlebell strategies or suggestions on an IPA, Mariestel is your go to.