Kiersten Maertens

Account Strategist

My love for advertising began in the early 2000s when I watched Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt duke it out during an ad campaign pitch for Nike in the movie What Women Want. Seems strange to attribute a career path to a fictional movie about a guy who electrocutes himself and as a result can hear what women are thinking, which helps him create better advertising. But regardless I thought, “I want to do that!” The advertising part, not the other stuff.

In addition to finding my husband Zach at UNI, I found an opportunity at Flynn Wright which has led to a career of doing the things I enjoy most: planning and organizing events, being creative and crafty, communicating and writing, and inspiring others. I love to be challenged and can’t think of a day when I haven’t learned something new. My mantra is “make it happen.” I believe in the power of faith, a positive attitude and a cup of coffee. And that you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I work every day to instill these values in my kids, Hank and Abbey … that is, when I’m not working on great advertising for my many clients around the country or working on home renovation projects and blogging about it.

Did You Know

Joanna Gaines is my remodel role model.