The owner and president of Visionworks Marketing Group started the business in 1995 and has been a leading force in central Missouri’s advertising industry ever since. Lili is a rabid animal lover (especially dogs) and passionate about the arts – Visionworks’ south Columbia office houses quite a collection! Her leadership permeates every aspect of our work.
Les is responsible for new business development and creating customized solutions to fulfill our customers’ needs. He is a well-known figure in the Mid-Missouri sales and marketing industry with more than 30 years of experience. In addition, for more than 20-years Les has been an evening instructor for college courses in marketing, sales, strategic management and business planning. He has a proven record of facilitating long-term business relationships with customers, industry associations and non-profit organizations. His positive winning attitude and personality are assets that complement and enhance Visionworks Marketing Group’s ability to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to provide high-quality and innovative business strategies to the marketplace.
Our resident graphic design ace discovered his talents at an early age and was already doing freelance work as a high school student in Geneva, Illinois. Charlie has a sharp eye for detail and has designed beautiful work, from custom video-game covers and brochures to website logos and business cards. Check out our Portfolio to see more of his award-winning work.
Misty Philips is a trailblazer in all things strategic. With laughter that spreads around the office, Misty brings joy and a determined attitude with her to work everyday. Her energy in the office translates into her passion for travel and exploring new states with her son. Utilizing her outside-the-box thinking, she applies a unique perspective to ensure every client's need is met. With more than 18 years of experience in strategic planning, project management, and developing business relationships, Misty adds a touch of creativity to every project. She applies high energy and a strong work ethic to tackle complex problems. Her positive attitude and love for forming relationships is a valuable addition to The Visionworks Marketing Group team.
When it comes to consulting, nothing is more valuable than first-hand experience. John has it in spades, having developed and managed his own successful businesses. He specializes in brand strategy, development, sales and all facets of the construction industry.
Abby Warner, a University of Missouri graduate, comes to Visionworks as the newest graphic design intern. She studied graphic design through the fine arts school at Mizzou and also minored in art history. Before joining the Visionworks team, Abby worked as a graphic design intern for Bur Oak Brewing Company where she gained experience making everything from posters to can labels. At Visionworks, Abby will assist in a wide variety of design projects and more.
We’re happy to bring Jet Ainsworth back to the Visionworks Marketing Group team. Jet leads our audio and video production team, as well as our social media marketing strategies. You may recognize him as long-time radio host “Jet Roberts,” but in the last few years Jet has worked in national radio production and as a LIVE broadcast producer and on-air contributor for more than 100 college sports teams. He is also an award-winning filmmaker and brings his unique energy to the offices every day!
Some people were born with a destination pre-wired into their soul; John Duncan knew from an early age that his calling was radio. As a young boy in Kansas City, Duncan would obsess over this wonderful medium. By the time he was a teenager, he was spinning records at radio stations. Decades later, he's an instrumental part of the Visionworks audio/visual team, lending his voice talents and nuanced ear to many of the TV and radio spots we produce in house. Locally, his industry expertise is unmatched.
Lacy Scott, a Columbia native, joins the Visionworks team bringing with her fresh, creative ideas and a fun personality. A self-proclaimed extrovert and class clown, she lightens up the office with a smile that warms, and a mind that challenges. She is driven, has a passion for learning and is a creative problem-solver. She possesses administration, treasury management, business development, project management, operations and marketing experience, as well as excellent customer service skills. She is a take-charge person who can wear many hats at once, has a strong business sense, and enjoys a challenge. She is a valuable addition to our team.
A student at the University of Missouri, joins the Visionworks team as a writing intern. Studying both strategic communications and marketing, she has a passion for identifying trends and finding ways to implement them into her work. She recently worked with a public relations firm in Atlanta where she created social media content and formed relationships with the media. Sydney enjoys challenging herself to think of new ways to utilize her writing skills and passion for digital media for serving clients. She's easy-going and we're excited to have her working on our creative. When not in the office, you will find her traveling with friends and being outdoors.