We’re an eclectic group of creative minds that all have one thing in common — we love doing great work. We’re relentless in our pursuit of beautiful design, flawless production, impeccable service and, of course, happy clients.
Leon Banowetz, President + Executive Creative Director
Leon started Banowetz + Company, Inc. in 1988 as a one-person graphic design studio, and has grown the company into a highly successful branding, graphic design and advertising agency. He’s known for his attention to detail, his exceptional client service and his out-of-the-box creative problem solving. Leon prides himself on the agency’s many years of award-winning work and his long-term relationships with clients. He’s the twelfth of fifteen children. (Yes, fifteen.) He knows firsthand what it takes to play nice with others, and the value of teamwork.
Janna Jackson, Senior Account Executive + Media Specialist
Passionate, bright and energetic, Janna can manage a project from budgeting to delivery — and all points in between. As Senior Account Executive she’s well versed in developing and implementing traditional and digital advertising and media plans, and ensuring that all creative is on-strategy and on-brand. And she’s a shrewd negotiator when it comes to media placement, putting her marketing degree from TCU and her real-world experience to work. After hours, Janna can be found socializing with friends, spending time with family, or keeping herself calm, cool and collected via yoga.
Ryan Bailey, Creative Director
With extensive experience in print, motion and interactive design, Ryan brings a multitude of creative skills to Banowetz + Company as Creative Director. Boasting a resume full of high-profile clients, and having had work featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, CMYK Magazine, and the Dallas Society of Visual Communications Dallas Show, Ryan’s humble demeanor belies his expertise, accomplishments and passion for design. Ryan graduated from the University of North Texas with an award-winning portfolio, most notably being published in the Graphis New Talent Annual and receiving the coveted Ralph Award from Creative Summit. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, as well as music and photography.
Lily Smith+Kirkley, Associate Creative Director
Native Texan, printer, and all around “maker of beautiful things,” Lily Smith+Kirkley brings a unique perspective to Banowetz + Company. Her gift for problem solving and her passion for craftsmanship result in one-of-a-kind solutions for logos, print collateral and packaging. After graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Lily honed her skills at Bergdorf Goodman and Fossil before joining Banowetz + Company. Her work has been highlighted in Communication Arts and Print Magazine, and she currently serves on the board of Icon10 the Illustration Conference. Even though she’s a fastidious designer, Lily’s not not afraid to get her hands dirty, spending her spare time printmaking at her letterpress studio.
Wes Phelan, Senior Designer
Wes has a good head on his shoulders, and he knows how to use it to create graphic, strong, smart design that speaks to his target audience. His clever problem solving, ability to write a bit of copy and natural design sense make him a valuable asset. Wes graduated from UT Dallas with a BFA in Arts and Humanities, and his award-winning work has been featured in Print, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications Dallas Show, the AAF Dallas Addy Award Show and the AAF District 10 Regional Addy Award Show. He is a man of many interests, ranging from photography to zoology to rollerblading.
Kris Murphy, Senior Designer
As Senior Designer, Kris develops communication materials from logos to ads to marketing materials. Clients are continually impressed with her creativity and her ability to “speak” for their brand. Her work has been recognized in national publications and featured in local and regional shows. She graduated with honors and the Best Overall Portfolio Award from the communication design program at the University of North Texas. When she’s not at Banowetz + Company, she’s the managing partner of her household and two small children.
Nicholas Begley, Designer
Nicholas is a talented designer with a love for conceptually-engaging marks, designs and illustrations. His precise attention to detail, combined with his solid work ethic and determination, makes him a strong addition to the Banowetz + Company creative team. Nicholas graduated from the University of North Texas, and his work has been recognized by the UNT Communication Design Program and the Dallas Society of Visual Communications. Outside the office, Nicholas enjoys hitting the local bike trails and eating painfully spicy food.
Dawn Grimes, Senior Production Manager
As Senior Production Manager at Banowetz + Company, Dawn is the driving force that ensures a client’s work is delivered on time and within budget. Her background in design and prepress has made her an expert at estimating and scheduling projects to ensure they run smoothly. And her exceptional attention to detail means clients stay informed — and vendors stay on schedule. When she isn’t working with clients or vendors, Dawn utilizes her project management skills as a serial home renovator.
Lisa Foote, Senior Production Artist
Speedy and knowledgeable: that’s Lisa when it comes to creating files in just about any application. With nearly two decades of experience under her belt since graduating from art school, she knows all of the relevant software and what it takes to get a project done — from comp to “press-ready” art. Outside work, Lisa channels her creativity into arts and crafts of all kinds, and into the kitchen, where she enjoys baking.
Annette Sosa, Bookkeeper + Office Assistant
Annette is the numbers expert. With a background in accounting and taxes, she has the skills to keep our books balanced, our billing up to date and our office running smoothly. Hard-working and disciplined, she’s no stranger to the fast pace of agency life, and she works well under pressure. When she’s not doing dizzying math, she’s likely to be rescuing and rehabilitating a dog in need and/or adding to her already motley crew of critters.