A Little About Us

Teamwork is what we eat for breakfast.

The word 'teamwork' is overused and, frankly, has been used so much that it has has lost its meaning. In our world, I can't think of a better word to describe the collaborative culture that we foster at Trent Creative. If two heads or three heads or even four is better than one, we will come together and problem solve each clients projects to get to the best solution that there is. This is not to say that there are many times that one person is all it takes. We have a saying that we all adhere to 'Don't Fix Blame, Fix Problem.' As a team we have a great time 'fixing' problems together.

Marilyn Trent
Principal, Senior Creative Director

Marilyn Trent started with little more than a Bachelor of Fine Arts, her creative talent, tenacity and commitment to satisfying the design needs of her clients when she first started Trent Creative in 1991. Over the past two decades she has turned that business into a successful, full service brand development and interactive and print design agency while simultaneously raising two daughters and acting as a catalyst for positive social and ecological change in her community.

Marilyn is a certified brand strategist and is  responsible for her clients overall strategic branding and marketing strategies. She works with the Art Director's in both print and interactive to ensure that the highest quality agency copy and creative are consistently delivered for maximum results. She also helps clients discover the best way to turn abstract goals into concrete deliverables and makes sure that a constructive working relationship is established between the client and assigned production team.

Marilyn gives three or more branding presentations to groups of business owners throughout the region each year and serves on two boards—the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Rochester Downtown Development Authority.

Chantal Oudin-Strait
Project & Studio Manager

Chantal Oudin-Strait graduated from Wayne State University with a graphic design degree and was Marilyn's first full-time employee. She is now the #1 of all things going on at Trent Creative. She runs the production team, interfaces with the clients and does some of the design work when needed. When she isn't doing the above, she has two boys, (5 and 1 1/2) that keeps her quite busy.

In her previous life she loved to ride her motor cycle on trips with her mother and to work. When the time is right and she finds the time she still feels the open road calling.

Michelle Remer
Client Services / Social Media Strategist

Michelle Remer is multi-talented and works both on the account and creative sides. She has a bachelor of applied arts degree in integrative public relations and journalism from Central Michigan University.

Whether through client management, social media strategy or conducting research based on the needs of each client, she provides creativity and attention to detail in all of her work. She works closely with the design and web teams to incorporate strategy for showcasing the most effective print and interactive materials to clients. Michelle also coordinates the production of each new project coming into the studio and manages it through to completion.

She stays on top of the newest trends in social media and marketing communications to ensure clients are always represented as innovative and fresh within their industry.

Michelle comes from a background in event planning, government relations and corporate communications. She managed, coordinated and executed numerous corporate events both large and small; developed social media campaigns; executed media relations plans and coordinated sponsorship opportunities.

Ryan Riggs
Art Director/Interactive Designer

Ryan Riggs fulfilled his lifelong passion with art and graphic design by earning a bachelor’s degree from the College of Creative Studies. His graphic design degree and love for art drives his creativity and enthusiasm while developing concepts for the various clients of Trent Creative. As a UI Designer, he focuses on the end user visual experience and the intuitivity of the information architecture to make each website beautiful and easy to use.

He is a multi-faceted designer giving him the ability to work in both interactive and print design side by side. Ryan supports Trent Creative with branding, creative strategy, audio and video, and motion-graphics as well. He has designed and implemented websites for Mexicantown Detroit, Shop Dine Midtown, and South Oakland Shelter.

His past experience consists of work with D:Hive Detroit, Detroit Experience Factory, Czarnowski, and General Motors. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing music, being outdoors, and gaming.

Scott McCabe
Developer/SEO Strategist

Scott McCabe spent four years at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD studying some of the greatest authors, philosophers and rhetoricians ever produced by Western civilization. His love of logic and literature has lead him to a career as a copywriter and programmer. He has written for U.S. congressmen and multi-million dollar corporations as well as non-profits and local start-ups.

Scott is a PHP developer and SEO Stratgist. He is Google Certified in AdWords and has comprehensive knowledge of Javascript, HTML and PHP as well as years of practical experience designing, developing and coding websites. Recent websites that Scott has programmed include Powerlink, Art X Detroit, South Oakland Shelter, Erskine Law Group, Mexican Town, Shop/Dine Midtown and Paint Creek Center for the Arts.  He also provides support services for websites such as Revolve Detroit, Midtown Detroit Inc., Detroit Historical Society, Brasco International, Pennsylvania Steel and Titan Metallurgy.

 

Francesca Prasatek
Social Media Specialist/Account Manager

Franceska Pratasek worked as an account manager for Proctor & Gamble for nearly a decade before joining Trent Creative in 2013. During her previous employment she was responsible for marketing brands such as Dolce and Gabbana, Mont Blanc, Dunhill and Hugo Boss to retailers such as Nordstrom, Macy's Lord & Taylor and Sephora.

At Trent Creative she is responsible for client services support and creating and implementing social media campaigns for clients such as The SpaMD, Aurum Design Jewelry, The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester and John Foster Real Estate.

She has a full family life with three children who are very active in sports and school activities. She loves to cook and entertain.

Rachel Ruckes
Intern

Rachel Ruckes is a senior level student at Oakland University pursuing creative writing and graphic design. She has had a love for literature and art since she was young, which has included her desire to apply her interests and skills to the ever-changing technological world.

As an intern at Trent Creative, Rachel supports the print and web departments as well as client services with design projects, creative strategy and social media, and jumps in where ever needed in the sometimes fast-paced environment. She brings creativity, excitement and determination to the Trent Creative team.

When Rachel isn’t working at Trent Creative and attending classes at OU, she enjoys illustrating, writing, photography and reading.

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