Cultivate Brands

Cultivate Brands

Cultivate your brand.

917 W 18th Street, Fifth Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60608, United States

Cultivate Brands Overview

Number of Employees
Under 49
Minimal Budget
Average Hourly Rate
Year Founded
We’re on a mission to build brands that truly matter.
Maybe you’re struggling with saying the right things and your brand visuals no longer represent your expertise. Perhaps you’re frustrated that your brand is misunderstood, or awareness of your brand isn’t what it should be. Or maybe you lack the technology tools to run your operation more smoothly. No matter the challenge, we can help.

Our ideal clients.
Our ideal brand clients have a great product or service to offer and are looking to get to the next level. Our ideal app clients are looking for an edge to make their team more effective or are seeking inventive ways for their brand to connect to customers and draw them close.

Our approach.
Establishing a deep connection with your audience is the reason to build a brand. We’ve seen firsthand that a well-built strategy leads to compelling creative that will move someone to action and change the trajectory of your organization forever.

We start by digging in deep to get to the heart of what matters most about you and present a detailed plan for engaging your audience. From there we’ll get to work crafting inspiring and powerful creative tools that meet your audience’s needs and make them a loyalist for life.

Brand strategists. Creatives. App developers.
Cultivate is made up of a veteran team of strategists, creatives, and app developers. We’ve helped our clients build their brands for over 15 years—which means we’ve seen a thing or two and we know what works (and what doesn’t). We’ve developed expertise and simple processes that work hard to meet your challenges head on.

  • Brand strategy + design.
  • Website design + development.
  • App design + development.
  • Photography.
  • Video content production.
  • Creative marketing.
917 W 18th Street, Fifth Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60608, United States
Other Locations
2 Malaga St, St. Augustine, Florida 32084, United States

Areas of Expertise

  • Mobile App Expertise
  • Video Production Expertise
  • Web Design Expertise
  • eCommerce Expertise
Mobile App Expertise
Mobile App Expertise
  • Android
  • Field Operations
  • iPhone
Video Production Expertise
Video Production Expertise
  • Branded Video
  • Commercial
  • Documentary
Web Design Expertise
Web Design Expertise
  • eCommerce
eCommerce Expertise
eCommerce Expertise
  • WooCommerce

Client Types

  • Enterprise / Corporate

Cultivate Brands Portfolio

  • Cultivate Brands - International Diamond Jewelry Rebrand
    International Diamond Jewelry Rebrand
  • Cultivate Brands - The Boxcar Children Rebrand
    The Boxcar Children Rebrand
  • Cultivate Brands - Ozinga

Cultivate Brands Team Bios

  • Cofounder & President
    Mark Wierda
    Cofounder & President
    Mark co-founded Cultivate in 2005 and serves as the agency’s president. With a background in photography, marketing, and technology, he is often found on video and photo shoots and in the trenches with the web and apps teams.
  • Cofounder & Executive Creative Director
    Chris Pierik
    Cofounder & Executive Creative Director
    A Cultivate co-founder in 2005, Chris has a background in graphic design and today works with the strategy and creative sides of the house. His focus is always building brand stories, inspiring creativity, and helping our clients earn credibility.
  • Senior Creative Director
    Kristen Romaniszak
    Senior Creative Director
    Kristen is a process oriented creative director who develops and executes strong brand identities across digital and print campaign channels. Her direction spans visual identities, print collateral, package design, photography, video, and web work, ensuring the brand’s full story is communicated.
  • Design Director
    Wally Ottenhoff
    Design Director
    Wally is a veteran in the design world, with nearly 20 years experience. He currently oversees the design of branding, product, UI/UX and print for clients, ensuring that all the elements fit with the client’s brand strategy and story, while also providing a great user facing experience.

Cultivate Brands Clients

  • Cuyana
  • Valparaiso University
  • Ozinga
  • The Boxcar Children
  • Daniels Health
  • SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Cultivate Brands Awards

  • Cultivate Brands - Award 1