Liz Diedrich / Founder & CEO
Always the innovator, Liz sees her role as determining and validating the best ways to promote clients in their intended markets and to serve those clients by providing measurable marketing results. Liz leads her team manage research and marketing for clients in both B2B and B2C markets. Liz started her first business at age 20 when she invented and manufactured a product that she then sold to Tupperware. From there, she taught college-level drafting and engineering, and marketing classes in Germany for the US military at three different institutions. She returned to the states and took a role as the director of sales and marketing for a cruise line and resort in Florida that she grew from $1.4 million in sales to $17.5 million in sales in just three years. Liz started Diedrich RPM in 1994 and has been an acclaimed innovator in combining research and marketing ever since. She also started a cruise business in Brainerd, Minnesota on Gull Lake called Destiny Cruises, which was sold in 2018 to a large resort.
A fun thing to know about Liz is that her hobbies include riding her horses, painting, and enjoying her family and grandchildren.
We don’t hand out awards at DRPM, but few would argue against Colleen being our MVP. Colleen helps facilitate research to understand our client’s needs and develops marketing plans to help them reach their goals. Macro: She develops meaningful relationships with clients. Micro: She creates marketing objectives, strategies, timelines, and budgets. She monitors and continually communicates the status of all marketing aspects to ensure they are aligned and on point. A marketing veteran on the DRPM staff, Colleen enjoys and excels at lending an ear and offering counsel to other client managers and staff.
A fun thing to know about Colleen is she has a passion for pet rescue. All of her dogs have come from rescue organizations.
Mike combines over 15 years of sales experience with a creative eye and ear that makes him the perfect leader to guide DRPM’s burgeoning business development. Mike isn’t just sales, he isn’t just marketing, and he isn’t just product management. He happens to be all of the above, and he leverages that experience to be a guiding hand in creating, negotiating and maintaining partnerships with DRPM clients. With a wide breadth of diverse industry knowledge, Mike’s versatility and work ethic combined with his fantastic eye for what works make him an invaluable asset for both DRPM and all of our clients.
A fun thing to know about Mike is he spends his free time composing and creating music. He is a DJ and syndicates a weekly gig on Distinct FM 99.7 FM in the UK.
We like to say there’s a method to our magic at DRPM, and unlike most magicians, we’ll tell you what that is—research. Kyle started in DRPM’s market research department in 2010 and quickly developed a passion for data collection. As Director of Research, he’s constantly learning, adapting, and implementing new strategies following technological trends that continue to influence the methodology of studies over time. Kyle ensures that the quality of data of any DRPM research study is uncompromising—as that is the lifeblood of any research report. Kyle enjoys taking on client’s challenges and answering tough questions for them. Kyle also maintains account management, project management, and strategic planning.
A fun thing to know about Kyle is he loves to golf and once spent a dream trip playing in Scotland, most notably at both St. Andrews courses and at Kingsbarns.
The great philosopher Seneca once said, “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind favorable.” A budget alone won’t mean you’ll reach port safely, but the proper strategic thinking behind it certainly increases the odds. Kris manages DRPM’s finances, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, business and employee insurances, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and financial planning. Kris is also responsible for HR management and compliance. Kris says she has found the perfect work-life balance at Diedrich RPM which allows her to fulfill a vital role within our company and yet enjoy her family and volunteer opportunities as well.
A fun thing to know about Kris is she enjoys reading, time with friends, and serving within her church.
Staying up to date in a digital world that refreshes itself almost daily requires agility, exploration, and a keen desire to stay ahead of the game. Nathan checks all of those boxes for DRPM as he leads the digital department, develops strategies, and implements and manages campaigns for our clients. His years of experience in management and digital advertising in a wide array of industries and verticals makes him the ideal manager for our digital team. Nathan is adept at developing team members in all things digital marketing, which allows DRPM to drive better results and maximize marketing and brand potential for all of our clients. Nathan brings a genuine passion and infectious personality that makes him a pleasure to work with.
A fun thing to know about Nathan is he is passionate about health and fitness and has a heavy involvement with the local CorePower Yoga community.
If it’s true that a picture is worth one thousand words, DRPM and all of our clients are in great hands with Marina. The role of the graphic artist is to create and combine images, symbols, and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages and Marina brings both an artistic flair and a clever eye to give all of our clients powerful and creative messaging that resonates with their customers. She is forward-thinking and is able to visualize and then bring to life unique and powerful messaging through both digital and print media.
A fun thing to know about Marina, she has a side hustle hobby for fitness with her own part-time, online training gig and has entered bodybuilding competitions!
Alfred Hitchcock once said on the role of artists in the world, “Our primary function is to create an emotion, and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions.” As a graphic designer, Sara is an expert at evoking emotion with her artistic talent. From the time she was a little girl, the only subjects that were engaging and interesting to her were art and creativity. True to the artistic spirit, she loves to try new things with her art and graphic design, and those new things usually lead to powerful and evocative images for clients– proving the adage that art speaks where words are unable to explain.
A fun thing to know about Sara is she gets artistic inspiration by hiking, sitting in the woods and listening to nature, or just laying in her hammock. And mommin. Sara does a lot of mommin!
As DRPM’s chief web developer, Mac is often the chef’s kiss to all of the hard work put in by researchers, artists, writers, and account managers when it comes to developing or adding to the web presence of our clients. (If all of their hard work never hits the internet, did it actually happen?) Mac builds websites (either through CMS or from the ground up), manages and makes updates on both the back- and front-end, create/setup hosting environments, (SSL, domains, redirects, etc.), and debugs web issues. Code is like a second language to Mac and he’s easily able to identify problematic situations and issues and come up with solutions to problems. Mac’s experience allows him to streamline processes and to provide a checklist of best practices from the start.
A fun thing to know about Mac is that he enjoys listening to heavy metal music and live streaming with PC gaming.
It’s hard to know how to stand out from your competition in today’s ever-changing digital world. That’s where Carly stands out for DRPM customers—she’s an expert at helping companies craft both a brand identity and a voice that resonates with existing and potential customers. Carly excels at creating and sourcing content for customer profiles, building them a robust social presence, and creating and implementing digital campaigns to help brands reach specific goals through social media, email campaigns, or digital ads. Carly knows that digital and social media are constantly evolving, so she makes sure that all her clients are doing the same—she’s constantly looking for new and innovative ways to push their profiles and keep them ahead of their competition.
A fun thing to know about Carly is she started her professional career as a television news reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska.
At DRPM, we believe that research uncovers reality. We believe that both quantitative and qualitative market research reveal our client’s best target market. An expert with anything involving numbers, Brandon is a mathematics wizard with a passion for research and diligently plumbs the depths of the data we gain to deliver powerful insights and help clients with their organizational goals. Brandon loves math and anything to do with statistics and is constantly working to find new data testing methods, including developing new technologies. He’s the method behind much of our magic.
A fun thing to know about Brandon is he’s well-traveled, and one of his favorite trips was shredding the slopes on Whitefish Mountain at Glacier National Park in Montana.
Bill spent over two decades in broadcast television, highlighted by winning a National Sports Emmy for his contributions to ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Bill wore all sorts of hats in television, from on-air talent to writing and producing and then managing. A writer at heart, he sees the parallels between television news and advertising and marketing as pretty simple—you’re trying to tell a story in an entertaining fashion and you hope the audience buys in.
A fun thing to know about Bill is that he was a running back at the University of St. Thomas and his stepson a defensive end at St. John’s—the Tommie/Johnnie rivalry rages at their house!
Canadien poet and novelist Margaret Atwood once wrote that, “A word after a word after a word is power.” At DRPM, we believe in that power, and we are thrilled that Lareina wields her talent with the written word for us. As a copywriter, Lareina writes and edits copy for a myriad of marketing avenues from websites, blogs, and press releases to newsletters, emails, and advertisements. She’s a stickler for quality, consistency and clarity and is an expert at implementing SEO best practices into her messaging. Organized and detail-oriented, Lareina has an eagle eye for grammar and is quite skilled at putting word after word after word. It’s a power we’re delighted she brings to all of DRPM’s clients.
A fun thing to know about Lareina is she loves Halloween and being able to express her creativity through colorful or frightening theatrical makeup.
Did you know that MIT has a department called the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines? I didn’t either, but rest assured Alex did. It’s dedicated to the study of intelligence—how the brain produces intelligent behavior and how we may be able to replicate intelligence in machines. Neural nets are modeled loosely on the human brain and consist of thousands or even millions of simple processing nodes that are densely interconnected. They are a means of doing machine learning, in which a computer learns to perform a task by analyzing training examples. DRPM is thrilled to have Alex on board doing big-brained stuff to further develop our AI strategies for clients.
Was William Shakespeare a poet or a playwright? Alas, he was both, of course, and while he famously wrote that, “All the world’s a stage,” when it comes to Jesse, it’s more apt to say, “All the internet’s a stage.” Like Billy, Jesse is a dual-threat and has excelled in both web design and development in the interactive industry for over a decade. Armed with a double major in design and advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he has helped hundreds of clients navigate the interactive space. He loves using modern HTML/CSS as well as WordPress or the Laravel framework to accomplish exciting and user-friendly websites.
A fun thing to know about Jesse is that he enjoys running and playing the guitar, but rarely at the same time.