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Founding Sages

Josef Kottler

Creative Director,
Founding Partner

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Anne Kottler

President,
Founding Partner

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Josef originally founded the agency as Sage Associates in 1978 to provide advertising and creative services to natural food companies, environmental organizations and other nonprofits. This led to his publishing the Whole Life Times, which eventually became Body & Soul magazine.

Josef reopened as Sage Communications in 1998 to provide winning creative and direct marketing for non-profit organizations, financial services companies and publishers. He is a leading expert on magazine and membership retention, and is credited as a pioneer of the “Voucher Hybrid” format used extensively in subscription acquisition and donor retention.

Anne co-founded the agency in 1998. She has over 30 years of experience in direct marketing, and her responsibilities have included various executive positions including publisher, marketing director, expo planner and creative consultant. She manages business development and client relations and keeps everything at Sage running smoothly.

Anne has spoken at many conferences, including NY DMA Non-Profit Conference, DM Days, CRMA Conferences, Canadian Circulation Conference, PMA Conference in London, Circ Day LA, Folio and the Circulation Expo and The Bridge Conference.

Creative Sages

Gail Harris

Assoc. Creative Director/Mgr.
Print and Digital Services

Joe Schovitz

Associate Creative Director
Print Services

Lisa Kolgraf

Senior Copywriter

Laura Logan

Senior Copywriter

Rachel Pearson Lord

Senior Designer

Suzette Barbier

Senior Designer

Natalie Welburn

Senior Designer

Rich Clabaugh

Production Artist

Supporting Sages

Paolo Chiaravalli

Programming Manager

Steve Tharler

Tharler Directs
Creative/Copy Consultant

Mike Trotman

Copy Editor

Four-Legged Sages

At Sage, we not only talk the talk, we walk the walk. And, enjoy doing so with our four-legged Sages who are all rescue dogs.

Jeti

Sr. V.P. Sniffing & Retrieving

Zeus

Staff Therapist

The Pickle

Snoopervisor

Reggie

 

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