Manley Creative Team

About Manley Creative

A modern, global creative agency offering a complete suite of services.

We’ve reinvented the old, stale ad agency model.

We know all about traditional ad agencies. They charge a lot, make you jump through communication hoops, outsource key parts of your project to other vendors, and ultimately waste your time and money on a lackluster product.

That’s why we began Manley Creative. Because we believe you deserve a better experience.

You deserve fast responses. You deserve an agency that becomes an extension of your team so you can achieve YOUR goals. Your time and money are valuable and should be treated with respect. That’s why we have the equipment and people you need, in-house, for all of your advertising needs.

Manley Creative is a team of friendly, devoted, real people who produce outstanding creative. With a background in filmmaking and journalism, we have a suite of creative services that bring your brand story to life through great storytelling and attention to detail.

We guide you through the Manley Way, which is built on proven processes. This ensures your project gets the time and attention it deserves. We’re here to make your life easier…and to build lasting partnerships.

You talk. We listen.

Every project starts with the same thing – you talk, and we listen.

We want to understand what success looks like to you. Then, we plan and overplan to generate measurable ROI. Whether you need to start from scratch with a strategy reset, or your team just needs a little extra juice, we’re there for you.

So, what services do we offer?

For almost two decades, our clients have partnered with us to produce national and local television commercials, copywriting, graphic design, still-photography, podcasts, live-streaming, internal and external video content, scripting, post-production, feature film editing, color-grading and strategic marketing messaging and campaigns.

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CORE VALUES

Wear Everyone's Shoes

Wear Everyone's Shoes

When we make it a daily practice to truly walk in other people’s shoes, we begin to bury hate, bias, anger, misunderstandings and so many other negative things. When we open our minds to each unique situation and each unique person, that gives us the opportunity to treat every new project and every new client with excitement and energy.

Make Everything Better

Make Everything Better

We make our clients’ lives better by taking care of their projects and exceeding their expectations. We make each other better by respecting and genuinely caring about one another. We have a daily opportunity to make the world a better place, not only with the work we do for our paying clients, but for the in-kind charity work we do for our non-paying clients.
Be Present

Be Present

We strive for excellence at work AND at home. Being present means giving total focus and energy to the moment we are currently in. Our clients deserve it. Our families deserve it. And we deserve it.

Ready for the Curve

Ready for the Curve

We’ve been at this a long time. We know things don’t always go as planned. That’s why we plan for the curve – we’re ready to change direction with agility and keep any project on track, without sacrificing quality. Change is a part of creativity and we embrace it.

MEET THE
MANLEY CREATIVE TEAM

Jim Manley

Jim Manley

CEO & DIRECTOR

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Jim is a seasoned project leader with hundreds of successful projects created in his career. An award winning director, he manages all production projects from concept to final. He has been creating videos for nearly 30 years and has won many awards, including 28 Rocky Mountain Emmys and 2 worldwide film festival awards. In addition to being a Dad of 3 boys, Jim is also an educator, a Phoenix Theatre Company board member, a member of the Suns Charities 88 philanthropy group and an advisory board member for the Phoenix Film Foundation.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: The wide variety of projects we get to work on every single day with our valued clients. Watching the Manley Creative team doing everything they can to always make those projects better for our valued clients.

At home: My family is numero uno. Always. My wife, my 3 boys, my dog, my parents, and my brothers and sisters. Also, giving back to the community that has given so much to me by serving on various boards in Arizona and contributing to causes however I can.

Rich Beissel

Rich Beissel

COO

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Rich is an award-winning videographer and editor who has been with Manley Creative since 2010. Altogether, Rich has managed all operations including videography and post-production editing. Known for his attention to detail, artistic eye and strategic storytelling, Rich leverages his unique perspective to bring campaigns to life for clients like U-Haul and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I work with the best team in the business. They are consummate professionals, but they are also genuinely good people.

At home: My wife and my kids make me smile every day. Also the idea of the Phoenix Suns not being terrible at basketball.

Crystal Baus

Crystal Baus

CMO

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Crystal brings her extensive marketing experience to Manley Creative from developing successful global marketing campaigns and growth strategies. Likewise, she has experience implementing and executing integrated public relations, communication and social strategies. Additionally, she’s practiced in the health and wellness, insurance, digital graphics, specialty oil, industrial gas, agriculture, cloud technology solutions and medical industries. From account management to driving new business, she draws from her experience to generate innovative ideas. Altogether, her focus is on taking clients’ communication planning and strategies to the next level.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I’m honored to work with such a talented and creative team. They produce amazing work because they think outside the box.  It’s a great balance of professionalism, with genuine, goofy personalities that makes working together fun! Also, the variety of clients keeps every day exciting, which I love!

At home: I love playing sand-volleyball, hiking, running, experimenting with food, traveling and hanging out with Sadie-pup, my energetic little jack-Russell. I’m also grateful to have an amazing family and circle of friends that brighten my life!

Jason Allread

Jason Allread

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

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Jason Allread (He/Him)

Jason has been creating and producing video projects for over 20 years, ranging from local television news to national weekly programming for ESPN. His portfolio also includes numerous commercial and corporate projects. Combining his knack for logistics and details with his passion for creativity, Jason likes focusing on seeing a project develop from creation to completion. Indeed, he feels that he’s never worked a day in his life being in this business! A native of Ohio, Jason and his wife, Monica, have lived in North Phoenix since 2002 and enjoy spending time with their 2 rescue dogs, Zeke & Kosar.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love when the pre-production planning for any project,  big or small, comes together and is put into action by the best crew in the business.

At home: Spending time with my wife and family, traveling, being active, and following my favorite sports teams.

Ashley Sanchez

Ashley Sanchez

Director of Partnerships

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Ashley Sanchez (She/Her)

12+ years experience in Sales, Business Development, and Marketing with expertise in B2B, Aerospace, Defense and nonprofits. Ashley is an energetic and motivated person who is determined to thrive and perform with integrity. She is a self-starter that prioritizes strategy while being agile to get the job done.

What She’s Passionate About (At Work)

Working hard and exceeding expectations.

What She’s Passionate About (At Home)

My husband, kids, friends, family, volunteer work, and a good glass of wine!

Joe Toubes

Joe Toubes

SENIOR ADVISOR

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Joe Toubes

For nearly 30 years Joe Toubes has been an innovator in the marketing space. He has led marketing teams and campaigns for some of the most recognizable companies in the world, helping businesses accelerate their growth strategies, launch new offerings into the market, and brand and rebrand companies around the world.

Joe started The Toubes Agency in 2021 after serving as Honeywell’s Chief Marketing Officer. There he led the company’s rebranding strategy as Honeywell pivoted into the software and technology space. He led a team of more than 500 marketers around the world, creating
digitized marketing capabilities that served multiple industries. His tenure at Honeywell included marketing and communications executive roles in the automotive, aerospace, energy, utilities, and software industries.

Before Honeywell, Joe spent nearly a decade on the agency side, first at Fleishman Hillard, then at MSLPR serving brands like General Motors and Nike. He started his career on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Aide.

He lives just outside New York City with his wife and two teenage sons.

Zack Bender

Zack Bender

LEAD EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF POST PRODUCTION

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Zack Bender (He/Him)

Zack is very passionate about all post-production and specializes in film and video editing. His pursuit of post-production mastery started at the age of 10 and he continues to learn new tools, techniques, regulations, specifications and other nerdy stuff. Additionally, his experience includes freelance editing for film, video and television, as well as two years at LinkedIn. Zack cherishes his wife and their son, and feels blessed to come home to them every day.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love guiding the viewer’s attention and emotion through the art of editing to serve whatever story is being told.

At home: I love spending time with my wife and son, playing board games and watching films.

Jeff Dykhuizen

Jeff Dykhuizen

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR

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Jeff Dykhuizen (He/Him)

Jeff Dykhuizen is an experienced independent filmmaker, producer and director. His passion for filmmaking  grew from his weekly trips to the movie theater with his parents. Altogether, his reel includes a diverse variety of projects and clients ranging from sports and news coverage to national commercials and feature films. Additionally, Jeff’s recent feature, Teenage Badass, was selected to have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

At work: I love the process and the people. I’m privileged to have worked on projects with the most amazing clients, cast and crew.

At home: Happily married, dad of a 3-year-old and two pups, shoots 35mm film and a Lakers fan for life.

Michael Kneller

Michael Kneller

EDITOR & SYSTEMS MANAGER

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Michael Kneller (He/Him)

Michael became an asset to the Manley team in 2015 when he came on board as a videographer and editor with a degree from Grand Canyon University. His interests in the world of multimedia are diverse and wide-ranging, giving him a plethora of opportunities to immerse himself in projects with his friends and colleagues. Michael is an accomplished videographer, production coordinator and innovative systems manager for the abundance of footage we accumulate every day here at Manley Creative. Working at Manley and formerly living in New York City as a freelance editor has greatly informed his eye for quality, work ethic, and passion for narrative storytelling.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love hearing client feedback about how happy they are with the results of the projects they entrusted to us!

At home: Cherishing quality time and laughter with great friends

Emerald Leong

Emerald Leong

CREATIVE LEAD

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Emerald’s passion for movies started at an early age with her parents. Going to the movies with her parents was something she looked forward to – and that translated into wanting to create her own stories.

What She’s Passionate About (At Work)

I love the creative problem solving and collaboration aspects of filmmaking. It’s all the nuances and different life experiences of everyone on the project that make it special. Following the ever evolving story till its final iteration in the edit is the most exciting part.

What She’s Passionate About (At Home)

I love my plants, my three cats, and home improvement projects. In my spare time getting out in nature is a big priority.

EJ Hernandez

EJ Hernandez

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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EJ Hernandez (He/Him)

EJ is an award-winning multimedia storyteller, director and documentary filmmaker. His previous posts include director of the Saturday editions of Good Evening Arizona as well as occasional Good Morning Arizona shows. Additionally, EJ was director and production crew member for Arizona Horizon, Videographer for Eight and Arizona PBS, and worked with Fox Sports Arizona.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: Creating and telling stories everyday & seeing how long I can keep up elaborate long running lies with my coworkers. When asked why: “Because I’m a storyteller!”

At home: Listening to vinyl on my porch, enjoying popcorn at the movies, and spending time with friends and family. Also, instagramming and riding my bike.

Courtney Pedroza

Courtney Pedroza

Director of Still Photography

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Courtney Pedroza is a passionate photographer who’s background is in photojournalism. Her work was regularly published with The New York Times, The Washington Post, Getty Images and The Wall Street Journal before joining Manley Creative. She is from Arizona, but has worked at newspapers across the country photographing award-winning stories. Her love for photography started when she took her sister’s camera at 12 years old.

What I’m passionate about:

At Work: I am passionate about telling stories and making sure a vision is achieved through photos.

At Home: I love playing with my puppy, spending time with my family and doing yoga.

Ashley Carncross

Ashley Carncross

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

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Ashley Carncross (She/Her)

I am an experienced Production Coordinator who has always had a passion for video production and organization; a weird combination, I know, but thankfully I’ve landed exactly where I was meant to be… I’ve been coordinating for quite a while now and can proudly say, I’ve had my hands on thousands of successful projects… I truly love seeing projects come to life on the, not always big, screen… My passion for video and filmmaking is untraceable; it feels it’s always existed within me. If you really want to embarrass me, ask me about the old “movies” I made back when I was just an angsty teenager.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I am passionate about creating an environment where our team can really shine. I love providing aid to anyone who needs my assistance to complete our projects.

At home: I am always doing something creative, whether it’s writing, filming shorts, creating art, experiencing music, or playing video games. I like to balance my indoor passions with outdoor ones as well; I can always be found hiking, exploring the world, and volunteering for multiple organizations.

Matt Burkett

Matt Burkett

EDITOR

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Matt’s interest in filmmaking was spurred after his dad took him to see the original Jurassic Park. Since then, he has worked in film, television and streaming media.  His last short film was screened across the world where it won several awards and picked up distribution through Amazon Prime.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: Absolutely dig working with the team of creatives at Manley Creative who all excel in different fields.

At home: Working on personal video projects and finding any and all excuses to travel back to Tokyo.

Natalie Bacon

Natalie Bacon

EDITOR

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Natalie Bacon (She/Her)

Natalie has had a passion for storytelling and the world of post production since a young age. She began with small projects that were only to be seen by family and friends, and grew more fond of big production editing as her education reached higher levels. She has edited a plethora of short films, advertisements, trailers, etc. Natalie feels inspired and hopeful about her future in the filmmaking industry.

What I’m passionate about:

At work: I love working with the Manley Creative team and appreciate the guidance and inspiration I’m surrounded with daily.

At home: In my spare time I love reading, watching movies, listening to musicals and spending time with my family and friends.

Samantha Grey

Samantha Grey

EDITOR

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Samantha Grey (She/Her)

Growing up, Samantha wrote plays and made videos with her dad’s old camcorder to entertain her neighborhood friends and family. She expanded her education by studying film at Pratt Institute, where she explored her passions for storytelling, documentary filmmaking, and video editing. She’s assisted editing for feature films, directed and edited drag queen music videos, and videos for local Youtubers and artists on social media. Everyday she learns something new in the editing room and wants to continue to grow and expand her knowledge in the field.

What I’m passionate about:

Getting in the zone while in the editing room. She loves working with footage that is real and raw, and turning it into something beautiful. And getting to know the people in the office.

At home: Spending time with friends and family, painting, performing improv, collecting 4 leaf clovers, and cooking.

AnaMi Lopez

AnaMi Lopez

Assistant Camera

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AnaMi Lopez (She/Her)

AnaMi loves adventure and that is exactly what brought her to filmmaking. She has worked with the team for a couple of years now as a PA. Now, she is a camera assistant and helps keep all the equipment in top shape for the next shoot. Ana has the greatest cat shirt collection and a pet fish, Pablo. She had another fish — we don’t talk about him but his name was Escabar.

What She’s Passionate About (At Work)

AnaMi is passionate about working and collaborating with her team to ensure every production is 1% better than the last.

What She’s Passionate About (At Home)

AnaMi is passionate about reading a good book on the couch, jamming with Pablo to rock classics and of course watching reality shows and many movies. So. Many. Movies.

Phoebe Glawe

Phoebe Glawe

Account Manager

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Phoebe Glawe (She/Her)

Phoebe’s passionate about her community and has a passion for connecting with people. With her background in Marketing, Public Relations, and Advertising, she has been able to work with creative teams to help create unique and exciting products.

In addition to her background in communications, Phoebe also taught middle school English Language Arts which shaped her as a continuous learner, which is exactly what brought her to Manley Creative! Her ability to continuously learn and her dedication to the community has allowed her to make authentic and meaningful connections with clients while helping them reach their goals. A fun fact about Phoebe is that she loves the beach and loves to scuba dive!

What She’s Passionate About (At Work):

My goal has always been to elevate the voices of my community and as an account manager for Manley Creative, I get to do this everyday with my clients. I am passionate about taking my clients’ visions and collaborating with the amazing team of creative minds to create a product that represents my clients vision.

What She’s Passionate About (At Home)

At home, I am passionate about cooking and trying new recipes, staying active by hiking, cycling, kayaking, barre, playing with my sweet pup Lahaina! I am so lucky to have such amazing and supportive friends and family, and I love spending my time laughing, travelling and telling stories with them!

Taylor Silverstein

Taylor Silverstein

Account Manager

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Taylor Silverstein (She/Her)

Taylor is a project manager by trade, with experience in the construction, higher education, and special events industries. Her educational background is in Film, with a focus on screenwriting for comedy and television. As an account manager at Manley Creative, Taylor is responsible for maintaining relationships with clients and ensuring their projects are completed properly and on time.

What She’s Passionate About (At Work)

I love creating tangible products that you can point to upon completion and say “Look, I did that!” Seeing everyone’s hard work come together to create an outstanding final product is very rewarding.

What She’s Passionate About (At Home)

Outside of work, my life revolves around my spoiled pup, Ramona. I am also an aspiring pizzaiolo and enjoy experimenting with different pizza-making techniques at home.

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