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Team Advanta

Stephanie Kuhla CEO | Creative Director

Stephanie founded Advanta Advertising, LLC over 15 years ago. Committed to building successful branding while building strong partnerships with her respected clients, she is dedicated to excellence in advertising, public relations, interactive/multimedia and direct marketing for businesses that help improve the lives of everyday people. As a woman of action, she takes pride in providing quality creative solutions that are on time and within her client's budget.

Bringing over 23 years of experience as a Creative Director and Art Director, she has been creating award winning results in the biotechnology, life science, pharmaceutical, health care industry since she turned her focus toward this form of advertising. Prior to founding Advanta, Stephanie headed major advertising and creative marketing campaigns such as Pepcid AC, Pepcid Premier, Lotrel, Plavix, Claritin, Asmanex, Nasonex, and J&J Purpose Products for several of the large Pharmaceutical Advertising Agencies in the Delaware Valley. When she isn't tirelessly helping build better brands or advising employees, Stephanie loves boxing, poetry, and oil painting.

Brooke Wagner, Principal

Brooke joined Advanta Advertising as a Principal in 2009. An innovative and accomplished executive with nearly 25 years of experience in the life science, technology and service industries, Brooke provides clients with hands on expertise in multiple areas including investor relations, financial & operations management, marketing & business development, mergers & acquisitions, and capital financing.

Brooke is also the President and founder of Clarity Strategies Group, a consulting firm that provides investor relations, corporate communications, and business strategy advisory services. Prior to founding the firm, he held numerous operating roles including CFO, V.P. Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, and Director of Finance and Accounting. When he isn't helping companies develop game plans, you can find Brooke playing golf or spending time with his daughters.

Ted Agne, Principal

Ted joined Advanta Advertising as a Principal in 2009, bringing more than 30 years of corporate communications experience in biotechnology, healthcare, life sciences, telecom, and IT. With his extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, crisis management, and international development in niche industries, Ted offers Advanta's clients valuable insight and counsel.

In 1987, Ted founded and continues to operate The Communications Strategy Group, a consulting firm that helps new and early stage companies manage their corporate, investor and marketing communications. In addition, he has provided counsel to Burson-Marsteller, Hill and Knowlton and Feinstein Kean Healthcare. When Ted is not working on communications strategies, he enjoys spending free time on the water, sailing.

Brian Hogan, Senior Graphic Designer

Brian has been designing for over 15 years, and has worked as a graphic designer for variety of different companies in the Philadelphia area. At Advanta Advertising, he develops everything from web design to logos to illustrations. With his experience and aptitude for excellence, he ensures that no detail is overlooked. When he isn't developing stunning graphics, you can find Brian enjoying some of his many hobbies: cycling, photography, hiking, and making hot sauce!

Christiana Beck, Web Developer

Christiana received a BFA in Visual Media at Rochester Institute of Technology, and recently completed her MS in Interactive Design & Media at Philadelphia University. At Advanta Advertising, she puts her creativity and programming skills to good use, developing valuable visual sitemaps, wireframes and interactive, eye-catching webpages. In addition to creating beautiful websites, Christiana likes traveling, hiking, and finding fun, eclectic items at thrift stores and re-purposing them into something new.

Charlotte Milana, Office Manager | Bookkeeper

Charlotte “Charlie” is the first face you see when you walk in our door. She’s worked as an office manager for a variety of small companies over the past 12 years, and has always had a knack for keeping everything and everyone organized. At Advanta Advertising, she coordinates everything from scheduling meetings, to balancing the office checkbook. When she’s not acting as Advanta’s own personal cruise director with a Venti coffee in one hand and a list of things to do in the other, she enjoys off-roading in her Jeep, painting at a ceramics class, and snuggling up with her polydactyl cat.

Rachel Hess, Administrative Assistant

Rachel is a Business Administration student at Rowan University, with over 8+ years experience as a general administrative assistant, carrying out various duties. At Advanta Advertising, she puts her attention to detail and problem solving skills to work to perform as a highly efficient administrative assistant to the office manager, Charlie, as well as the entire Advanta staff. Rachel is a motivated, energetic, sufficient young woman who is the director of her own retired racehorse program, where she shares her love for equines with her young son as well. In her spare time she thoroughly enjoys anything outdoors, and soaking up the sun as much as humanly possible.

Carlo Mabugay, Web Developer

Carlo has been a full-stack web developer for 10 years, and specializes in PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Mobile App Development. At Advanta Advertising, he applies his programming skills to clients' websites, turning elegant designs into fully functional websites.

He's captivated by the Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg success stories. He religiously creates personal web app projects while not at work, in hopes that one day these apps will change the course of technology.

Jhel Fausto, Web Developer

Jhel has been developing websites for 5 years, starting before she graduated college. She began working with Joomla websites, eventually wandering into the world of WordPress, and now works at Advanta Advertising as a Web Developer, specializing in HTML, PHP, and CSS. Jhel is highly skilled in backend development, but has found through working on websites for hotels, resorts, and restaurants, that she loves working with the design & front end development side as well. When she isn't developing beautiful websites, she enjoys catching up on her favorite TV shows, curling up with a good book, and having late night talks over coffee with her friends.

Darcy Staley, SEO Analyst

Darcy has been providing a friendly bridge between people and their technology for over 10 years. At Advanta Advertising, she puts her organizational and research skills to good use as she helps companies in biopharma and the life sciences build relationships through search engine optimized (SEO) website content and engaging social media. When Darcy's not staring at the world as a Google Explorer, she'll be hanging out as close to the water as weather permits.

Marci Foster, VP of Marketing Communications

For over 20 years, Marci has worked with clients in a variety of industries to help them build their brand and create a comprehensive, strategic marketing plan that meets their business goals. As the VP of Marketing Communications, she helps companies find their unique attributes to differentiate themselves from the competition; her areas of expertise include branding, core message development, technical writing, market research and project management. Marci is an organized, dependable, versatile professional who loves a challenge. When she isn't helping companies stand out, Marci is being active with her twin boys.

Mike Pancoast, Photographer

Mike helps create memorable work for clients at Advanta Advertising, with over 20 years of experience as a commercial photographer. His clients have included companies like Campbell Soup, Astra Merck, Chilton Book Company, Einstein Healthcare Network, DuPont, and Elan Pharmaceuticals, BTG International, Mattel Toys, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. When he isn't taking snapshots occupationally, Mike is avid volleyballer who enjoys photography recreationally.

Samudra Vijay, VP of Technology

Samudra "Sam" is a tech enthusiast with a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT. At Advanta Advertising, he assists the team in IT infrastructure support, web development, and SEO implementation for clients. When he is not solving IT infrastructure issues, Sam enjoys reading, photography, biking and playing table tennis.

Michelle Devirgiliis, Account Manager

Michelle DeVirgiliis has over 14 years of agency experience as an account manager, working with clients from a variety of industries, including Bayer Environmental Science, The Dow Chemical Company and Mercedes-Benz USA. At Advanta Advertising, she is tasked with marketing strategy development, project management and implementation of integrated campaigns. When she isn't building and fostering client relationships, Michelle is rooting for her favorite Philadelphia sports teams (Phillies & Eagles), at a local restaurant with family and friends, or spending as much time as possible with her one-year-old niece.

Hughman Element, Advanta Mascot

Hugh has been inspiring Team Advanta since the company's inception. As the human element, he plays a pivotal role in Advanta's ability to bridge the gap between the creative and scientific elements by helping build meaningful relationships with our clients. When he isn't sharing insights on the Knowledge Center or social media, Hugh loves listening to talk radio, watching his favorite science fiction movies, and staying up to date with the latest scientific news!

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Values

At Advanta Advertising, LLC, we believe effective branding that delivers a clear targeted message to the intended audience doesn't have to be as costly and complex as brain surgery. We also know that the correct solution isn't as simple as taking an aspirin to make the pain of a headache subside.

Advanta delivers effective results through understanding the three elements that make up a successful technical branding and marketing plan: the scientific, creative, and human elements. We apply our knowledge of the unique life cycles of each element to help our clients reach their goals. Advanta insightfully brings together industry knowledge, creativity, and organization to not only provide complete branding and marketing strategies, but also to forge long-lasting partnerships.

With a proven formula for combining these elements, Advanta builds awareness of your scientific and technical advancements, provokes creative thought, and sparks human emotion with your target audience, all while adding value and longevity to your brand and enhancing the quality of people's lives.

We are in our element when working creatively on projects. Our team of experienced professionals understand these essential elements and specialize in the scientific, healthcare, and technical industries across the full spectrum and life cycle of all marketing disciplines: from the highest quality graphics and creative or technical writing, innovative branding, marketing, and campaign management.

We understand your commitment to feeding, fueling, and healing our world. With this knowledge, we practice a proactive partnership approach that generates powerful messaging over the course of the creative process and product lifetime.

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Mission

At Advanta Advertising, LLC, we understand that the marketing and branding needs of the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical, and life science industries are just as complex as the products you develop. For over 15 years, our mission has been to successfully develop, transform, and expand brands by creating powerful messaging - with a human touch. Our goal is simple: create memorable branding and marketing campaigns that expand your reach by focusing on three principles; creativity, proactiveness, and exceeding our customers' expectations. Your focus is on developing innovative solutions to heal, feed, and fuel the world. Let us help you strategically move your brand forward.

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Process

At Advanta Advertising, LLC, we believe in the benefits of a clearly defined process for delivering results and that is why every client engagement has a plan of work that is focused on execution. Our staff, comprised of only senior-level professionals, won't wait for you to tell them what to do - they will bring ideas and plans to you. We know that ultimately we prove our value by proactively driving activity and delivering results.

- Our Process Typically Involves Four Steps:

- Strategic Plan Development

- Tactical Program Development

- Tactical Execution

- Ongoing Measurement & Refinement

Starting with a strategic plan, we identify the key objectives for your program or project. Development involves determining measurable deliverables and a clear timeline for implementation. We don't believe in "sometime next week" - from us you will hear "Wednesday at 2pm". When it comes to getting the work done, you can be assured you are working directly with our senior-team because we are all highly experienced - you always get the "A-team". Finally, we will communicate frequently, consistently measure performance and results, and refine your program as necessary to ensure value is being delivered.