Advance Ohio Appoints Vice President of Operations and Creative Director

CLEVELAND--()--Advance Ohio has added two new members to its executive team: Joe McCrone as Vice President of Operations and Kurt Valenta as Creative Director, respectively. This new expansion will help to shape the strategic direction and vision of the company moving forward.

“Having his experience and input in the strategic direction of the organization is already proving to be a significant asset.”

Joe McCrone is responsible for optimizing business operations to drive financial performance and position Advance Ohio to deliver world-class results for its clients. As part of this role, McCrone leads the digital strategy group at Advance Ohio – a team focused on ensuring the appropriate digital solutions are tailored for each client. “I am thrilled to have Joe as part of our executive team,” said Dave Fazekas, Senior Vice President at Advance Ohio. “Having his experience and input in the strategic direction of the organization is already proving to be a significant asset.”

Prior to joining Advance Ohio, McCrone held executive roles at several digital agencies such as Rosetta where he helped clients such as Glidden, Citizens Bank and Scholastic Books leverage digital technology and solutions to drive business impact.

Kurt Valenta is responsible for Advance Ohio’s brand development and communication services. Valenta works with the marketing and creative departments by overseeing all creative operations from client presentations to marketing materials. This will include directing all activities by the creative services team to maintain standards of creative excellence, timeliness, and profitability. “Kurt’s position fills a vital need by providing comprehensive support, from concept to delivery, for digital, print and multimedia assets,” said Fazekas. “This is an imperative role and will allow us to create top-notch creative solutions for our valued clients.”

Prior to his current position, Valenta served as Senior Art Director at Marcus Thomas, LLC. While there he worked on accounts for Sherwin-Williams, GE, Momentive, Swagelok, MTD and TimkenSteel. For more than eight years, Valenta worked at Brunner in Pittsburgh as Creative Director of Design.

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Advance Ohio uses data to implement proven industry solutions to drive measurable results for our clients. Through solutions crafted for each industry we serve, we ensure the right message reaches the right audience at precisely the right time and place.


Advance Ohio
Virginia Goulding, 216-296-1535
Director of Marketing