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Since 1993, our firm has produced top-quality work for some of San Antonio’s and Texas’ finest companies.

Our work is created by a team of focused, talented artists. Individual specialties include illustration, design, programming, production, social interaction, journalism, business to business strategies and accounting.

The team is dedicated to giving our client-partners more than expected. We stay on point and we make sure every element contributes to the message. You can see it in our work, the result of a diverse, extraordinary community of creative people.

Christine Kleha, partner at esd and associatesErik Simpson, partner at esd and associates
Christine Kleha

Christine is a partner at esd & associates. She received her BSW from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she honed her financial, writing and administrative skills. She began her writing career early on as a Program Coordinator and Grant Writer for the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio while attending the university full time. Her persuasive writing skills, backed by her solid research techniques, achieved numerous grant award recognitions for non-profit organizations. She went on to apply her skills at Texas Department of Health and Human Services and then partnered with the esd & associates team.

Her strong communication skills include more than 16 years of experience in persuasive copywriting, copyediting and research analysis. Christine serves on both the PRSA and IABC Boards and has won over 45 awards for client-partners. She has served on the Judson Montessori Gala Committee, Enterprise Foundation Committee and lends her talents to Kinetic Kids and Trinity University’s Career Services’ Professional Practice Events, among others.

A true “umbrella thinker,” Christine capitalizes on her psychology and sociology background to formulate successful marketing strategies for client-partners. Understanding that over 65% of individuals in the United States are sensory based, she understands how pairing the right message and visual creative with the right media distribution network will garner results. She is distinguished in the esd & associates office for her ability to motivate and focus team members during campaign development. Christine’s leadership on accounts such as Community First Health Plans, Sirius Computer Solutions, Shriners International, SeaWorld and others has helped propel the firm’s recognition in the market.

Erik Simpson

esd & associates partner and creative director Erik Simpson leads the agency, bridging the distance between our client-partners’ needs and the creative process that delivers results. Erik is an amalgam of communications insight, design theory and technical expertise. He sets high standards for the esd team, an expectation of excellence reflected in everything we produce from national advertising campaigns, to statewide public relations initiatives, to a small event mailer.

Multi-time contender on the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” rising stars list and winner of “Who’s Who in Technology” and “Who’s Who in Advertising & Public Relations,” Erik Simpson has proven expertise in marketing, public relations and interactive concepts and development.

Erik links his marketing success to his San Antonio roots. Completing college early at the age of 20, with a degree in Communications/Journalism from Southern Oregon University, he moved back to Texas to launch his career. His creative excellence, along with his knack for devising cost effective client solutions quickly skyrocketed him to a reputation for excellence within the local industry. After winning numerous Gold Bronze Quill awards, Point of Purchase Advertising Industry Gold Medal awards and Addys, he formed esd in 1993. From here, he has gone on to lead the agency toward its own myriad of awards, accolades and recognitions for advertising and design achievement, including Bronze Quill Awards of Merit, Del Oro Awards, Healthcare Advertising Awards, PRSA Awards, Aster Awards, Addys and Point of Purchase Advertising Industry Gold Medal awards.

One of the most unique aspects of Erik’s leadership is his continual dedication toward many of San Antonio’s worthiest causes. In particular, Erik has taken on numerous non-profit clients dedicated to improving the city’s health and wellness habits. He purports that by inspiring a population toward a more fulfilled health lifestyle and perspective, an organization gains the ability to drive that population toward achieving success in other, unrelated areas.

To this day, nearly 20 years into esd’s impressive history, Erik still remains actively involved in the creative and technical development of all interactive marketing, public relations and general market advertising. He actively manages advertising and interactive campaigns for Sea World, Friedrich Air Conditioning, University Health System, Methodist Healthcare System, Community First Health Plans, Gambrinus – Shiner and others.

A consummate achiever and leader, Erik’s success shows no signs of slowing. To this day, esd & associates continues to grow and provide its client-partners with uncompromising, stand out results.

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