- Creating With
Tomorrow In Mind
- Diverse Thinkers
- Multiple Right Brains With
A Dash Of Left Brain On
Time & Cost Efficient
- We Meet Deadlines
- Transparent Pricing
- Big City Talent /
- Quick Turnaround Times
Focused On You
- Readily Available
- Same-Day Response
- We Learn Your Brand
- Attentive Staff
Rooted in our gifts in creative marketing and technical applications, The Lemon Ad Stand exists to help you achieve your goals. Inspired by our children’s request for a lemonade stand, we saw the need for something fresh in our community. Whether you are a start-up, a family-owned business or a well-established brand with over 100 years of traditions, our mission is to help you make the world sweeter.
When our services help you, it’s a privilege to have done our part. We believe in our clients because, once you are a client you are family.
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 Chicagoland, it was time to step out and launch his own agency. The Lemon Ad 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”.
Vice President of Sweetness, Marketing, & Communications
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 lemon puns 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.
Project Coordinator / The Lemoness
Meet Nicole! Our very talented Project Coordinator, making sure that your project ambitions are surpassed, delivered on time, and on or under budget. Also known as Mills and The Lemoness, Nicole prefers to work under the sun so you’ll typically find her near the sand! She also enjoys longs walks on the beach, kicking people’s (esp. Calvin’s) butt in chess, and all the vino tinto!
Chief Technology Officer
Is there a better way to meet someone other than over pizza & beer? Calvin met Mike at a community mixer at our amazing office space, Offix. After a couple of web bids and deep dives into massive RFPs, we quickly realized that Mike’s attention to detail, his knowledge of technical solutions, and his remarkably easy-going personality make him the perfect addition to The Lemon Ad Stand.
Mike moved to Chicago in 2000 to finish his degree from DePaul University in, of all things, Finance. That was fun for a little while but he quickly realized that his true passion was in entrepreneurship and technology. He enjoys creating custom technology solutions for small and medium-sized businesses that give those smaller businesses a competitive advantage against larger players in their market.
For fun, Mike enjoys socializing (at a safe distance) with neighbors, friends and family in Chicago. He also enjoys traveling. His favorite place thus far is Iceland. Mike is looking forward to getting back on the adventure trail again soon!
Literally and figuratively, our big brother, David brings 19 years of marketing experience to the Stand. He is the genius behind our fan-favored name, The Lemon Ad Stand. Cal bought the domain and the rest is history; to be featured in an HBOMax series not yet greenlit.
David embodies all that we aspire to be here at the Stand. He is kind, patient, and intelligent. Fortunately, he uses his charm for good and to lead our southwest expansion. His bachelor’s in marketing and masters in management guide strategic planning as we partner with clients to achieve goals and objectives. David’s experience includes marketing within education, benefits, hospitality, and consumer packaged goods.
Director of Operations
It was the balmy Summer of 2007, a storm had almost canceled Vanessa & Calvin’s epic wedding. The wedding team was thin and it was at the rehearsal that they realized they didn’t have a tech to manage the audioboard in the church. Brent (who they had never even met) stepped forward and said, “I can do it.” Fast forward 13 years when The Lemon Ad Stand needed to revisit its operational processes and yet again Brent steps forward to say, “I can do it.”
Brent brings over 10 years of management experience, specifically dedicated to the development of the people who drive the processes. His ability to assess an individual, tap into their strengths, and illuminate the path to success is uncanny. He is quick-witted and always corrects us with a smile. The entire Lemon Ad Stand team is growing and improving under Brent’s supervision.
When not realigning corporate structures or reading up on business management Brent can be found Netflix & chilling with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Christopher Petty
Director of Instructional Design and Education Services
Dr. Christopher Petty leads our instructional design team and is our house expert on educational services. We define instructional design as the process by which learning products and experiences are designed, developed, and delivered. These learning products include online coursework, instructional manuals, video tutorials, learning simulations, and more. Dr. Petty implements a systematic process to develop education and training programs in a consistent and reliable fashion. With every education-based client, he participates in an analysis of learning needs and stated goals that will then lead to the systematic development of an instructional delivery system to meet those needs and reach those goals.
Aside from being The Lemon Ad Stand’s educational juggernaut, Dr. Petty hosts all of our team Summer pool parties at his Overbrook Estate. He Works hard and balances it out with well-deserved playtime at the end of the day.
Coming from a family full of artists and educators, Morgan uses the inspiration and ambition from her relatives to come up with out of the box ideas, something we pride ourselves in at the stand. When she isn’t putting the squeeze to the lemons life gave her, you can find her writing short stories, painting or telling one of her illustrious jokes. She is a Junior at Dominican University working towards a bachelors degree in communications with a minor in professional writing.
Creative Marketing Coordinator / Lemon Cookie
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 Lemon Ad 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.
Julia Blankenburg (JB)
Creative Marketing Fresh-Squeezeer / Lemon Drop
Julia Blankenburg, affectionately known as JB, our Lemon Drop / Summer Squeezer. She is a Senior at Loyola University Chicago, pursuing a degree in Marketing with a minor in Information Systems. JB brings us all together through her humor, curiosity, perceptiveness, intuitiveness, and pragmatism—and drive toward outcomes with common sense and accountability. She finds energy in exploring the toughest problems and satisfaction in creating solutions. When she’s not serving at The Stand or catching up on schoolwork, you can find her at the dog park with her dog Henry, trying out the newest viral TikTok pasta dish, or guessing the plot of a crime TV show 3 minutes in (she’s I’m usually right).