Priscilla McKinney, President

Priscilla McKinney, CEO of Little Bird Marketing, is a popular keynote speaker, prolific blogger, podcast host, industry innovator and diversity champion.

Best known for making waves in the digital marketing industry, Priscilla has been featured on numerous podcasts, is the President of American Advertising Federation Heartland and has received numerous design, entrepreneurship and industry awards. Along with her expert team, she developed the SOAR System - a proprietary process designed to create sustainable lead generation for busy leaders so they can have confidence in the growth of their company without losing focus on their other responsibilities.

Priscilla personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and authentic leadership – inspiring others to truly carve out their own path of success in her uniquely funny, no-nonsense and slightly irreverent way. Oh, and don't give her caffeine. She doesn't need it.

Phone Number: 417-317-1137
Ashley Le Blanc, Secretary

Ashley Le Blanc is a Coffee Lover, Content Marketing Specialist and Social Media Guru - in that order. By day, you can find her fine-tuning systems, generating content and creating new social media campaigns for Little Bird Marketing.

She found her way to the Midwest from California to complete her education at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri. While achieving her degree, she worked as the full-time Executive Director for a local non-profit - Art Feeds Joplin. Ashley's experience in project management, PR and content creation allows her to move processes forward - helping her team achieve goals and exceed benchmarks.

Her passion for design, creativity and the world of digital media drives her to stay current in our ever changing industry.


jackson+appleton is an Emmy Award winning, full-service 4K/ HD Video Production Company offering concept thru creation Corporate, Commercial & Live Broadcast Production. We specialize in creatively & authentically integrating video into our clients’ marketing and public relations campaigns. Our Crews are network-vetted with credits including ABC World News, ESPN, CNN, FOX, PBS, C-SPAN, OWN, Discovery Channel, A&E and countless national & regional clients including Sam’s Club, Walmart and Bass Pro Shops.


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Phone Number: 417-294-0711
Jonah Nadeau

Jonah is a disciplined professional with a strong background in financial services, insurance and marketing professional services. Currently, he works for BKD CPAs and Advisors as a National Industry Marketing Specialist where he supports the national marketing efforts of BKD’s National Construction & Real Estate Group. He also leads the national marketing efforts for BKD’s Accounting Outsourcing Services Practice.

Throughout his career, he regularly led teams in developing marketing and advertising campaigns and was known for many of his skills including: market research, marketing strategy, social media marketing, content marketing, campaign development, event planning, presenting, public speaking and more. Jonah takes great pride in his quest for excellence both in his personal life and career and holds numerous, industry-recognized certifications. He is also a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Springfield Creatives (SGFC) and the Social Media Task Force for the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA).

He is a graduate of Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, with a B.S. degree in marketing and entrepreneurship (double major). Jonah is also pursuing his M.B.A. with a graduate certificate in management.


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Justin Oden is currently a Multimedia Designer at Downstream Casino Resort. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in the Graphic Arts from Missouri Southern State University, he started out his career at The Joplin Globe as a graphic designer where he won several Addy awards for his illustration work. He’s committed to staying current with design trends and constantly challenges himself to learn more while pushing his skills outside of his comfort level. When not in front of his computer, he can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee with his face buried in a sketchbook.

Katie George

Katie George is the Director of Development for the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.  Katie uses her drive to develop relationships with individuals, organizations, and companies to connect them to the university, resulting in private and corporate gifts to the College of Technology as well as scholarship, internship, and employment opportunities for students.  Prior to her current role, Katie worked as a Designer, then as an Integrated Marketing Manager where she was responsible for a variety of tasks including web development, communication through social media outlets, and executing marketing campaigns for clients.  Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology in Graphic Communications from Pittsburg State University.  In her free time (and any other time) she enjoys eating ice cream.

Limelight Marketing
Address: 100 S. Broadway Ste #200
Pittsburg, KS 66762

We’re a marketing agency dedicated to helping clients maximize their success. Our team collaborates to provide savvy strategies, purposeful brand experiences, eye-catching design, and innovative technologies. It’s both who we are and what we do that delivers for our clients. After all, we are all about creating brand experiences, and that starts with our own.

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Phone Number: 620-308-6998
Little Bird Marketing
Address: 1027 S. Main St. Suite 350
Joplin, MO 64801

Little Bird Marketing is a high-touch marketing firm specializing in digital marketing and the creation and distribution of quality content that directly aligns with your company’s goals.

Specialties: branding, social media, e-commerce, graphic design, website development, inbound marketing, sales automation, lead generation, event planning, guerilla campaigns, SEO, marketing consulting and generally "making dreams come true" a la Laverne and Shirley.

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Phone Number: 417-782-1780
Matt Graif Design

Matt Graif is an independent designer and illustrator. He helps create and reinvent brands through services such as brand identity, interface design, environmental branding, illustration etc. His ambition is to do amazing work that build his client's visual branding.

Phone Number: 417-693-5477
Nixa Public Schools
Address: 301 S Main St, Nixa, MO 65714

Nixa Public Schools is one of the premier school districts in southwest Missouri. Nixa has over 6500 students and has received local, state, national, and international recognition for its programs. Nixa Public School system serves as a social and cultural center. It is a place for sports, theatre, music, and other civic activities. Not only does Nixa Public Schools meet the educational needs of a community, it is a source of employment for the people of Nixa, and surrounding communities, as well. Nixa Public Schools enables each student to pursue excellence so they can become a productive, contributing member of society.


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Phone Number: 417-875-5400
Revel Advertising
Address: 637 W. College St.
Suite A
Springfield, MO 65806

When done well, marketing looks so easy. Artful logos, fluid websites, clear and persuasive messages. But it doesn’t start that way. The best ideas start with messy questions. With complicated issues, frank conversations, and honest I-don’t-knows. Strategy is rarely pretty. But it’s the combination of strategic grit and creative grace that makes Revel a more holistic agency partner.


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Phone Number: 417-368-6966
Starboard & Port
Address: 325 W. McDaniel St. Springfield, MO 65806

We are a commercial photography studio based in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Our company was born on a sandy beach in New Jersey the two of us came together through our fondness of travel and photography, and with a clink of bourbon glasses, we headed west for Missouri. We work with a wide range of clients and industries that take us across the country, but our foundation is simple; innovators perfecting our craft while creating remarkable images.

Starboard & Port's full portfolio of work can be found at


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Phone Number: 417-818-0255
Tim Bade

As Marlin Network’s creative lead, Tim fosters an open environment with a cross-functional creative team made up of storytellers, technologists and motion media experts. Tim believes in the blending of technology and creative applied to simple ideas that break through the clutter and create real impact for brands. His years in food and beverage branding have earned him plenty of awards, but Tim is most proud of work that works.

Prior to Tim’s current role within Marlin Network, he co-founded The Alchemedia Project, a digital branding agency in 2009. Tim has also held posts at Pyramid Foods as Marketing Director and at Noble Communications as Executive Creative Director. He holds a Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Missouri State.

Traci Hughes, Treasurer

Traci Hughes is a Instructor at Pittsburg State University in the Graphics and Imaging Technology department. She came to PSU after working in the printing and flexible packaging industry for 18 years. She is excited to have the opportunity to be in the classroom and share her experiences with the students.

Phone Number: 417-483-2298
Vincent Windel of Bass Pro Shops

Founded in 1972 by avid young angler Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a leading national retailer of outdoor gear and apparel, with 200 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across North America. Johnny started the business with eight-square-feet of space in the back of his father's liquor store in Springfield, Mo., the company's sole location for the first 13 years of business.

Johnny's passion for the outdoors and his feel for the products and shopping experiences desired by outdoor enthusiasts helped transform the industry. Today Bass Pro Shops locations are more than just stores — they are destination experiences that draw more than 200 million visitors annually. Each location is heavily customized to reflect the character of the region. In addition to giant aquariums teeming with live fish and extensive wildlife mounts and dioramas, many locations feature unique restaurants and ocean-themed bowling alleys. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela's to create a "best -of-the-best" experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service.