Entries by Jeremy Bolesky


PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the world’s top designer brands in men’s accessories has selected Leopold Ketel, a boutique creative shop located in Portland, for branding, advertising and marketing services. William Henry, an American lifestyle luxury brand that has earned fame for creating exclusive and award-winning pocket knives, artisan jewelry and distinctive accessories for men, […]

No beans about it.

The Rock and Roll Chili Pit opened a week ago today. This restaurant is only a few blocks from our office and had been under construction for months. The anticipating was killing us (well, mostly just me). And like any obsessive fan, I was there opening day with high expectations in tow. I ordered a […]

Happy Place

A physical or psychological space, in which all worries escape you and you’re left feeling energized, warm and fuzzy. For us, a community event full of music, ink, and collaborative creation is just that. Last month we hosted Happy Place in our downtown Portland office. Appropriately, the theme of the night was “happiness.” We rolled […]


PORTLAND, Ore. – Durham and Bates, a leading independent insurance brokerage with a century-long history, has selected Leopold Ketel to help the company write its next chapter. Durham and Bates has enlisted Leopold Ketel, a boutique creative shop located in Portland, to provide brand research and strategy development, as well as design and advertising services, to […]

Leopold Ketel’s new team members

Contact: Darcie Meihoff, LK, [email protected], 971-998-3782 Twitter: @darciemeihoff FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2016 LEOPOLD KETEL ADDS THREE PORTLAND, Ore.­-Leopold Ketel, a boutique creative shop in Portland, has added three hires to its team. Kristen Padilla serves as Leopold Ketel’s new account and media manager. In her role, she handles media buying services for the […]

Leopold Ketel named agency of record for Atrio Health Plans

Contact: Darcie Meihoff, LK, [email protected], 971-998-3782 Twitter: @darciemeihoff FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2016 ATRIO HEALTH PLANS AWARDS ITS BRAND ADVERTISING BUSINESS TO LEOPOLD KETEL PORTLAND, Ore.- ATRIO Health Plans, a health insurance carrier headquartered in southern Oregon, has selected Leopold Ketel in Portland as its advertising and branding agency of record. Established by Oregon […]

How to Murder Your Brand #1.

Drinking the Social Media Kool-Aid Today a meeting with a new client often takes a weird turn when the subject of social media comes up. We always talk about how brand strategy dictates all tactical media concerns; strategy comes first no matter the medium, outdoor, TV, PR, etc. And then our respected partner says, “What […]

The Oregon Humane Society is a World Class Facility

In an excellent article on the Oregon Humane Society our client is lauded for their world class facility. But it isn’t the facility that gets good marks, it’s the overall organization that gets the nod by pulling all the details together into seamless organism focused not only on adoptions but also spaying and neutering, animal rescue, […]

How creative is your office space?

I was interested in an article I found on CMO.com by Sofie Sandell. Her beat is the cross between the new digital world and creativity. There are a lot of those gurus out there. But there was a particular part of her piece about creativity and the office space and how it informs how open to […]

Local News That Matters

  Here’s our latest work for The Oregonian. We are happy to help local journalism in Portland because it does indeed matter. When Christian Anderson III became publisher of The Oregonian four years ago, Olga Haley and I had a conversation about the state of journalism. Olga, being a former reporter was concerned about the state […]

The Fast and Furious method of marketing agency selection

Jeff Goodby, principal of legendary ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners gives very practical advice to Chief Marketing Officers: choose your marketing partner quickly and get the job done. If you need a search consultant to help you make this decision, fine. Tell him or her that you want to have an agency in a month. […]

What we do

Fully integrated and creative driven, Leopold Ketel is a modern branding agency. We’re lean and mean. Creative and scrappy. We provide big brand thinking for Oregon companies by offering unique solutions for your marketing problems. And we are very effective. Our areas of expertise: BRANDING More than just a logo and color scheme, Leopold Ketel […]

Selected Awards & Honors

We don’t make ads to win awards, but sometimes it happens anyway. Here are some we’re especially proud of. For the full list, click here. London International Awards: 2 Silver Radio, Oregon Coast Aquarium PRSA Spotlight Award: Friedrich Air Conditioning “How Kühl is That?” Effie: Oregon Humane Society, End Petlessness Webby: Take Care Down There website, Planned […]

Celebrating Olga Haley

Olga M. Haley December 11, 1944 – March 25, 2014 Olga Haley was born Dec. 11, 1944 in Globe, Ariz., where her father was stationed at the end of World War II. She lived with her parents, Henry and Ruth Hytrek until the war was over and then the family moved to Wyoming. Olga’s career […]

Portland PR mainstay Olga Haley passes away (PDX Business Journal)

Olga Haley, whose battle with cancer elicited support from public relations professionals through Portland in recent weeks, passed away Monday at the age of 69. Haley had entered hospice care last month after fighting triple-negative breast cancer for the past four years. As word of her plight spread, PR types from throughout the city expressed appreciation […]

We love you, Olga Haley!

We celebrate the life of our dear friend and colleague Olga Haley. Her incredible career spanned the country and four decades; you can read about it here or here. Beyond her enormous skill and ability, we loved her for so many reasons: her kindness and warmth, her energy, her graciousness and more. Leopold Ketel would […]

“We Don’t Judge You, We Just Take Care of You” Campaign Rolls Out, Features Former Portland Mayoral Candidate

Young adults today are being inundated with information as the landscape of health insurance coverage evolves. This flood of information can be hard to navigate, as information seems to change almost daily. One thing that is not changing is the trusted partner they can find for their sexual and reproductive health care. The latest campaign […]

Dr. Leopold Ketel

The name Leopold Ketel sounds like it could be the name of a doctor or lawyer. So I went with the former in a montage of different doctors Leopold Ketel might be.