The SCORCH team produces engaging cross-channel strategies for innovative brands. Our calculated mix of social savvy and technical agility is the fuel behind the fire. As a team, we work together to ensure that our work is as impressive as the thought process behind it. Meet the team.
CHRIS BUEHLER · CCO, Managing Partner
Chris Buehler has fifteen years’ experience developing creative strategy for global brands, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, NASCAR, and Coca-Cola. He founded SCORCH in 2009 with a vision of creating an agency fueled by personal brands and strategic thinking. Today, Scorch is nationally recognized for its Branding, Digital Marketing and Social Media services.
NILA PARADOWSKI · Managing Partner
Prior to joining Scorch, Nila Paradowski was responsible for building Paradowski Creative into the largest independent creative agency in St. Louis—a firm known for its award-winning work and customer centric practices. Her experience also includes multiple corporate communications roles for Peabody Coal Company where she developed local as well as international marketing programs for internal and external audiences. Nila is responsible for account leadership and new business development.
MIKE PUTNAM · Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer Mike leads both business operations as well as the strategic business development effort for Scorch Agency. With over 15 years of traditional and digital marketing experience, Mike assimilates information and circumstances with clarity that quickly translates into a vision of what is possible. His approach is delivered with precision and a point of view that consistently garners success for the client and the agency. Mike’s native talent is calm under pressure and is, admittedly, no fan of compromise.
RYAN CARROLL · Chief Marketing Officer
Ryan has over ten years experience as an Interactive Project Manager, Ryan Carroll is Scorch Agency’s resident creative geek, a hat he wears proudly. He enjoys his work in marketing, search and social media and has proven that he is a tenacious force in the interactive arena. Ryan has the skills and ability to activate branding, design and interactive tactics that strategically benefit Scorch’s clients.
CRAIG SCHEIDERER · Business Development Director
With over thirteen years experience in business development, sales and marketing, Craig leads SCORCH Agency’s successful business growth by building lasting relationships. Drawing from his background in trade operations, category management, and promotional development, Craig’s role at SCORCH provides the perfect opportunity to collaborate with clients and create business solutions that promote value and growth. As a graduate of Olin Business School, Craig enjoys staying connected to the Washington University community here in St. Louis. And, as an avid rugby fan and former player, Craig actively supports his University Club.
DAN MCCARTHY · Art Director
Dan McCarthy has over nine years experience as an agency Art Director. He has worked with clients of every scale, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. His creative knowledge spans identity design, print advertising, package design, environmental design, trade-show design, website design and social media. Dan got his start studying art and design at Washington University, where he played four years of football. Dan is also an accomplished painter who recently published a children’s book called “A Cardinal’s First Game.”
KAMYAR JAFARI · User Experience & Interactive Director
Kamyar is one idea-generating machine. With a BFA in Interactive Design
from Maryville University and over half a decade of experience in graphic
communications working with internationally recognized artists and composers,
he tends to take User Experience quite personal. Kamyar is passionate about
editorial illustration, motion graphics, and of course interactive design and is here
at SCORCH to help enhance story telling through interaction.