About Us - The Wendt Agency | Montana Advertising Agency

Trendsetters. Innovators.
History Makers.

We may be almost a century old, but we are as energetic as a startup. When you’ve been in the marketing, advertising, and public outreach business for over 90 years, staying idle is not an option. Our employee owners and enthusiastic team are fiercely proud of our deep history as Montana’s longest standing agency. Not everyone can lay claim to making it through the great depression, numerous recessions, and the rapid technological advances in the last century. 

But it’s not in our nature to kick back and ride on the coattails of our history. Today we stand as strong as ever. We are Trendsetters. Innovators. History Makers. It’s in our DNA and it’s what has made us successful throughout time – the drive to advance, push, and evolve – the desire to be the best, always. 

Our

Brand Pillars

We Create Success

We are Innovative

Everything we do
is with integrity

We create strategies and solutions
that build connections

We have a proud history that gives us knowledge and experience.

We provide
Super Service

We are a team of free-thinking individuals collaborating to achieve success.

We believe in partnerships with our clients and with each other.

We are proactive in an ever-changing environment

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team of Big Thinkers

We boast a talented team of specialists – gifted humans that have chosen to share their particular expertise with Wendt and our clients. We are the perfect mix of seasoned professionals and young up-and-comers. It’s the perfect mashup. We hire only the best – people who bring passionate perspectives. We let them do what drives them. And, in turn, that drives success for our clients. 

President

Senior Vice President

Creative Director

Senior Account Manager

Controller

Media Buyer

Digital Strategist

Senior Digital Designer

Art Director

UX/UI Designer

Graphic & Digital Designer

Production Manager

Content Creator

older than sliced bread

Nearly A Century Young

1929 was the year the Great Depression hit America. It was also the year R.M. Bird and L.W. Wendt had quit their day jobs and decided to strike out on their own. The Wendt Agency was born! Many successful years followed those first precarious months. But by the end of the century, The Wendt Agency was known as one of the top-performing 5% agencies in the nation.  

Over the last 93 years, Wendt has advertised the first loaves of sliced bread, victory gardens and rationing recipes during WWII, a new phenomenon called tourism, the rise of local breweries, and the advent of products that serve the digital age. 

Today, The Wendt Agency has a Board of Directors and is employee-run and owned. We are a dynamic team of creative, results-driven problem solvers who are dedicated to innovation and building lasting connections — and our eyes are always on the future. 

Living and Working in Montana

Impact Under the Big Sky

At Wendt, we strive to create a culture of connection, people, and community in everything we do. That’s why we’ve made Montana our home and want to show it as much love as it has shown us. With a bold group and nearly a century of continuous operation, it’s no surprise that Wendt is deeply integrated within our community and proud participants in the Montana lifestyle. 

We give back. Whether it’s a group effort to fill our local classrooms with school supplies or providing a family in need with Christmas gifts to make it a magical holiday, our team helps those around us. 

We support local. We want the community we live in to thrive. We’re a small business and many of our clients are as well. We understand the power and impact supporting local means for all of us. 

We share our expertise. When you have a group of talented experts, it’s only right to share that knowledge to create positive change. Many of our team members serve as leaders on boards of local and state organizations we are inspired by. We also partner with clients whose missions are focused on making a difference and we fiercely support their efforts. 

We enjoy the good life. We live our life under the Big Sky, and we count ourselves lucky to do so. That means limitless adventures surrounding us, vivid sunrises and peaceful sunsets, perfectly long summer days, and more than enough to explore to keep our creativity impassioned. 

At Wendt, we strive to create a culture of connection, people, and community in everything we do. That’s why we’ve made Montana our home and want to show it as much love as it has shown us. With a bold group and nearly a century of continuous operation, it’s no surprise that Wendt is deeply integrated within our community and proud participants in the Montana lifestyle. 

We give back. Whether it’s a group effort to fill our local classrooms with school supplies or providing a family in need with Christmas gifts to make it a magical holiday, our team helps those around us. 

We support local. We want the community we live in to thrive. We’re a small business and many of our clients are as well. We understand the power and impact supporting local means for all of us. 

We share our expertise. When you have a group of talented experts, it’s only right to share that knowledge to create positive change. Many of our team members serve as leaders on boards of local and state organizations we are inspired by. We also partner with clients whose missions are focused on making a difference and we fiercely support their efforts. 

We enjoy the good life. We live our life under the Big Sky, and we count ourselves lucky to do so. That means limitless adventures surrounding us, vivid sunrises and peaceful sunsets, perfectly long summer days, and more than enough to explore to keep our creativity impassioned. 

Living and Working in Montana

Impact Under the Big Sky

At Wendt, we strive to create a culture of connection, people, and community in everything we do. That’s why we’ve made Montana our home and want to show it as much love as it has shown us. With a bold group and nearly a century of continuous operation, it’s no surprise that Wendt is deeply integrated within our community and proud participants in the Montana lifestyle. 

We give back. Whether it’s a group effort to fill our local classrooms with school supplies or providing a family in need with Christmas gifts to make it a magical holiday, our team helps those around us. 

We support local. We want the community we live in to thrive. We’re a small business and many of our clients are as well. We understand the power and impact supporting local means for all of us. 

We share our expertise. When you have a group of talented experts, it’s only right to share that knowledge to create positive change. Many of our team members serve as leaders on boards of local and state organizations we are inspired by. We also partner with clients whose missions are focused on making a difference and we fiercely support their efforts. 

We enjoy the good life.We live our life under the Big Sky, and we count ourselves lucky to do so. That means limitless adventures surrounding us, vivid sunrises and peaceful sunsets, perfectly long summer days, and more than enough to explore to keep our creativity impassioned. 

let's connect

We are always ready and eager to make new connections, create strategic partnerships, and blaze new trails for our client’s efforts.

Let’s Connect

We are always ready and eager to make new connections, create strategic partnerships, and blaze new trails for our client’s efforts.  

BRENDA PETERSON

CEO

Shareholder / Director 

Judith Viorst’s book ‘If I Were in Charge of The World, a favorite of Brenda’s, is a collection of poems that find humor in observing ordinary situations. Like Viorst, Brenda takes the mundane and makes it miraculous — an inspiring quality she brings to her work, where she loves the opportunity to be around smart, creative, and fun people. 

Jennifer Fritz

PRESIDENT

Shareholder / Director 

Jen brings a sense of adventure and an inquisitive mind to all she does, whether that is sipping on a new tequila or inspiring a culture of learning at the agency. She and her husband Ryan enjoy the Montana lifestyle alongside their two children, Kate and Wren, and their fluffy family dog, Morris (named after a former Gonzaga basketball player!)

CAROL KRUGER

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

Shareholder / Director 

Irony is not without a sense of humor. Carol loves London, which is known for high tea, but deep down — Carol is a die-hard coffee lover. When it comes to her work, what excites her most is seeing it out in the world. Billboards to digital ads, strategy to placement, Carol is energized ensuring it all comes together in a final message. 

Kara smith

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Shareholder / Director 

Kara is completely enchanted with the Caribbean. The humidity, the teal waters — if only our bustling office were as tranquil! Not just captivated by sandy beaches, Kara is fascinated with understanding what makes people think and enjoys how her work allows her to tap into people’s emotions.

Kattie meyer

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Shareholder

Traveling to Paris when her daughter is old enough would be a dream come true for Kattie. When not planning for trips abroad, Kattie is inspired by working with a variety of different clients who keep her challenged and on her toes. 

Angela moody

CONTROLLER

An avid crafter who thrills at dreaming up new sewing, quilting, and crocheting projects, Angela enjoys spending most of her spare time with her husband, Gene, and her “pittie-kids,“ her pit bull fur-babies, Traeger and Lexi Lou.

Merle Mcleish

MEDIA BUYER

Whether it’s genealogy or geocaching, the thrill of the hunt drives Merle. She also has a deep appreciation for art and art history, which is perfect for the creative and artistic atmosphere of Wendt where Merle feels right at home. 

Jennifer mckee

DIGITAL STRATEGIST

A hiker, a skier, a mother, a wife, a friend, and an optimist, Jennifer cherishes spending her spare time with her husband, Johnathan, and their two children, Cormac and Maggie. 

Johnny ewald

SENIOR DIGITAL DESIGNER

SHAREHOLDER

Tacos! According to Johnny, tacos are the perfect combination of savory and simplicity — the possibilities are endless. Boundless creativity is infinite too. For Johnny, creativity begins as a tiny spark that ignites into form and serves a purpose. 

Sheena Annala

ART DIRECTOR

Sheena spends every spare moment with her young family. It’s all about having adventures — a philosophy she brings into the office. When at work, Sheena is thrilled to get the chance to do something new and creative every day. 

Victor Fulcher

UX/UI DESIGNER

Preserving bicycles, trinkets, and books brings Victor joy because he sees possibility in objects others might overlook. It’s this ability to make something from nothing that drives his work too. Being able to meld form, function, design, and code scratches the itch for both sides of his brain. 

Meghan Shaulis

DIGITAL & GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Once her feet hit the floor, and after the coffee has been brewed, on Saturday mornings, you’ll find Meghan happily making breakfast for her family. If it were up to Meghan, she would never part from her husband. Lucky for us, she is also passionate about bringing her talents to the Wendt creative team and our clients. 

Haley Thomas

PRODUCTION MANAGER

SHAREHOLDER

Haley has an immobilizing fear of grasshoppers. Not spiders, not snakes — GRASSHOPPERS. It’s surprising to know this, considering how fearless and fierce Haley is when creating efficient workflows. In fact, helping others is what she strives most to do.

CAITLIN CRUMLEY

CONTENT CREATOR

Forever chasing the Texas heat, Caitlin, along with her husband Rob, spend most of their time outdoors soaking in the sun and adventure. We know what you’re thinking…luckily for them, skiing is also a favorite pastime come winter! An adventurous spirit, but a perfectionist at heart, Caitlin brings excellence and attention to detail in all that she does.

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Lorie hager

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, CPA

Shareholder / Director 

  • Ethical and diligent financial leader.
  • Ensures financial department meets and exceeds accounting best practices.
  • Always detailed driven, making sure campaigns and projects are billed accurately and timely.

Looking for tricked-out tree houses or Airbnb homes in far-off locales fills Lorie’s downtime. But when she’s at work, she gets a heady sense of satisfaction when our Wendt team overcomes obstacles and celebrates successes. 

Johna wilcox

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Shareholder

  • Dynamic partnership builder.
  • Passionate about providing super service.
  • Designs robust strategies to surpass metrics of success.

Johna wouldn’t be stuck on a desert island without Vichy Ideal Soleil Solar Protective Water – Hydrating SPF30 Face Mist — after all, it’s a desert. Duh! But her real energy comes from working on dynamic projects and interacting with clients.

Jennifer beisecker

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT

  • Confidently approaches every project with energy and a smile.
  • Adept at tracking financials with accuracy.
  • Brings efficiency and a keen eye for detail that exceeds expectations.

Jenn enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible. Her husband, children, and extended family are everything. She also loves the absolutes of accounting; things balance, or they don’t. And she loves making it all add up. 

Gwen Fleming

CONTENT CREATOR

  • Curious creative who writes powerful copy with bold impact.
  • Brainstorms compelling content that inspires and incites action.
  • Ensures messaging is always engaging and on-brand.

Gwen’s lived from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon. New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles-ish; she invariably returns home to Montana … every time. She is passionate about using her experiences to create content that inspires strong impressions.