Creativity builds business when it’s grounded in a solid strategic foundation. We’ll help you define your unique brand essence and link it to what makes your customers tick. Now you’ve got something to shout about.

Meet Kazoo

Curious. Creative. Smart. Dedicated. Award-winning. Idea-people. People-people.
The type you might have over for dinner. We’ll bring the wine.

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Tom Dupont
Principal, Account Director

Tom has orchestrated product introductions, managed franchise cooperatives, developed corporate identities and helped clients of all sizes implement successful brand strategies. Clients include Pillsbury, Pizza Hut, US Bank, Canterbury Downs, MOA, 3M, Cargill, Surdyk’s and several non-profits. There’s nothing in this world he gets a bigger kick out of than developing successful brands for clients. Every once in a while, he gets fairly passionate about golf as well.


Carolan Carr
Account Manager

Carolan is our newest Account Manager. She comes to us with a rich and varied background. First degree in Journalism, emphasis Marketing Communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison led her to 13 fun-filled years in Marketing/Advertising. She switched gears and decided to stay home full time with her 3 young sons. Fueled by her passion for education, she returned to school obtaining a Masters in Nursing at the University of Minnesota, concentrating on caring for our elderly population. And, spent the next 10 years as a home care and hospice nurse. We are so excited Carolan is returning to her roots in Marketing. When she’s not working, can find her kayaking the creek or walking the lakes.

Mila Samson
Senior Designer

Mila is an international traveler from the Netherlands calling Minneapolis her home. Her dutch design mixed with the free spirit of the USA allows her to solve any problem in creative and beautiful ways. She is a firm believer of form follows function, or in other words, it needs to make sense. One of her favorite things is creating typography heavy animations by bringing logos and info-graphics to live. Mila lives on/for espresso, bike rides and punk.
Contact us if you want to learn more about Mila’s work.


Ellen Puls
Graphic Designer

Ellen joined Kazoo Branding as an intern a year ago. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in Spanish studies. Ellen’s talent and hard work has earned her a permanent position at Kazoo Branding. She creates and maintains Shopify websites to help clients sell product, and creates on brand collateral materials. She is also our whiz kid on social media. Her graphic design is influenced by "old-school" mediums like collage, film photography, and illustration. In her free time she loves to ski, skateboard, and rides her bike just about anywhere.

Jamie Peltier
Social Media Manager

Jamie is a “Jill of all trades” and has experience working on numerous promotions, marketing radio events and launching social media campaigns. She has also worked as barista where she created the in store display materials that make you want to add a pastry item to your latte. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Traveling is a passion in her life and she spends much of her free time playing or watching soccer.                    

Barbara Schendel
Web Developer

Barbara has been doing web design since 1994 (back when having mouse-hover effects on a web page was a big deal). She is accomplished in Wordpress as well as all forms of graphic and motion design for on-screen and print. Barbara feels old when she realizes she’s spent nearly two decades developing websites, but she’s come to embrace her inner nerd. She’s even been known to watch Star Trek on occasion.