Valerie Cochran, Owner & Chief Creative Officer
Having a natural ability for color and art, yet also being a math whiz and uber-logical INTJ as a young’un, the graphic design world was an ideal fit for Valerie because of its solution-based commercial application for art. She was one of the first designers in the country to work on the earliest microcomputers with software geared towards graphic design — plotting XY coordinates to generate art. (Yes, before personal computers were around, and YES, she was two years old.)
With her husband, Jeff Cochran, Valerie started Exclamation in 1994 and continues to work with each client and her team, ensuring the requested goals and target are zeroed in on to attain the best solution possible.
Though Valerie & Jeff don’t continue to work together after 25 years of 24/7, they ARE still married and Jeff is on the ECI Advisory Board (…and, he still cooks gourmet meals for her every night). They are privileged to be parents of two amazing young men.
David Wennemar, Senior Designer
David is a man on a mission. Even without x-ray vision and aerodynamic cape, he will search the unknown at warp speed to find the most creative and effective interpretation of every client project he touches.
In his fourteenth year at ECI, David continues to produce client-raving as well as award-winning solutions, whether he works on an identity campaign, print project, or web job.
Having a blood type labeled “S” for Supremely talented, in his spare time he creates even more art by drawing surreal portraits and illustrations: wennemar.com
David received a BFA in Visual Communications from Northern Illinois University and resides in the state of Illinois with his art teacher wife, creative little daughter, and energetic little boy.
Charlene Harrison, Office Manager
Charlene is the one who keeps us organized and does all of the behind-the-scenes magic to keep our business running. She also sends our clients those cute little invoices, and gives them reminders if they’re past due—either via phonecall, email, or by sending our friend, “BoneCrusher” to their door. Talk about a thankless job. You gotta love Charlene!
Charlene, her husband, and two sons live in the Baltimore/Washington corridor, yet she still considers the Rocky Mountains her second “home.”
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