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Uniting resources for a common cause.

That’s the literal definition of Cahoots, but there’s actually nothing common about any cause.

Which is exactly why we love what we do … figuring out how to best communicate the unique qualities of a cause, building up its brand and then encouraging like–minded people to actively support it with their time, talent and treasure.

If that’s what you need, that’s what we do.

We’re honored you’re here.

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Just Causes

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Advertising
Brand Design & Management
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Communication Systems
Conferences & Seminars
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ECommerce
Enterprise Creation
Financial Management
Fundraising & Special Events
Human Resource Communications
Incentive Items/ Promotional Items
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Cause marketing is all we do.

We believe cause organizations are the most underserved heroes in the world, and we’re dedicated to work alongside these bold people who know they can change the world. We provide full-service, integrated marketing – anything and everything it takes to help make your voice heard.

We’re pretty nimble.

For causes with two staff or organizations with hundreds of employees, we can serve in a number of capacities. Some clients we help annually with one or two fundraisers. Others have us conduct their capital campaign and then we continue supporting their in-house staff with ongoing brand management. Swiss Army Cahoots Knife

And for a growing number of clients, we’re their day-in, day-out communications and development department.

And thrifty too.

And when it comes to squeezing a dollar for all it’s worth and providing return on investment, we’re at the top of our game. We’re also in Cahoots with great vendors who give us reduced rates because they too believe in just causes.

Our fees are never based on how big you are, how much you need to raise or the size of your database. We charge by the hour for the literal time it takes to produce professional campaigns and communications that get the job done. And generally, it’s a fraction of the cost of what consulting firms charge – and we actually
do the work.

3D

We use the “F” word a lot.

Over the last three decades, we’ve learned that you have to be careful what you pray for . . . you just might get it. Professionally, we’ve learned that if you don’t conduct careful discovery with a new client, you could potentially blow them out of the water with a successful campaign.

Fulfillment. It’s the “F” word that is often overlooked by agencies and consultants that serve causes. It’s also the reason we created a process that covers all the dimensions of an organization before branding or campaigns begin.

The concept is simple really. The effect is the direct consequence of the cause. And intimately understanding an organization through 3D is the only way we enter a relationship – because you don’t want to make promises you can’t keep.

3D | The width and length and depth of a cause.

3D is the comprehensive process that makes Cahoots genuinely unique in how we approach our work and your cause. Developed through decades of experience, we are able to intimately understand  your cause and ultimately determine its effectiveness. And, we’re able to get this dynamic perspective quickly and cost efficiently.

3D has three dimensions …

3D has three dimensions: Discover, Dialog, DNA

DISCOVERY | A retrospective audit of your cause.

We start by getting a solid understanding of exactly where your organization is at this moment in time, as well as examining your roots. The Discovery process is guided by a comprehensive checklist that’s fulfilled through up-close and personal time with your leadership, staff, board and volunteers – those individuals who are responsible for keeping the doors open. For all practical purposes, it’s a formalized audit covering your basic business infrastructure and practices and an in-depth Discovery of your brand as you see it.

 

DNA | An interaction to determine the essence of your cause.

In order to examine your DNA, group participants will be asked strategic and creative questions to help determine the unique qualities of your organization’s brand. We’ll ask you questions no one has ever asked you before and when we get through it, you’ll have new and renewed insight into your cause and the effect on those it serves.

 

DIALOG | A private conversation to determine popular opinion.

Private phone interviews with key staff, board, volunteers and donors/members are conducted to establish the personality and potential of your cause. Amazing passion and insight are the outcome of these conversations.

 

A presentation of great big, holy cow ideas.

So we take all the information from these three dimensions and mix it all together. Then it’s our turn to creatively produce the strategy for crafting the architecture of your brand and enhancing the communication of your cause.

Our Own Spin

Not to boast.

At Cahoots, our own spin comes directly from the response to our client campaigns and communications. Our job is to introduce our clients to great relationships that lead to raising millions of dollars annually. We’re successful primarily because we approach traditional cause-based communications very untraditionally. We’re not development consultants, we’re an advertising agency that does unique and dynamic creative work that calls people to action.

Our types of clients include:

Arts & Museums
Children & Youth
Civic & Community
Foundations & Philanthropy
Health & Humanitarian
Missions & Churches
Schools & Education
Tourism & Recreation

3D

You've Been Served

  • Arts & Museums

    Augustana Arts • Colorado Railroad Museum • Navajo Heritage Center • Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir • Trading 4 Treasures •
    Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

    Children & Youth

    Colorado UpLift • Doulos Ministries, Inc. • Friends for Youth • Navajo Ministries Inc. • The Sky’s The Limit • The Uplift Group • Zocalo Outreach

    Civic & Community

    Douglas County Libraries • Junior League of Denver • Metro Volunteers! • Parker Chamber of Commerce • Parker Economic Development Council •
    Town of Parker

    Foundations & Philanthropy

    Boettcher Foundation • Denver Leadership Foundation • The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado • Garth Brooks – Touch ‘em All Foundation • Junior League of Denver Foundation • Metro Denver Gives

  • Health & Humanitarian

    Alternatives • Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network • Bethany House • Christian Living Communities • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless • Colorado Horse Rescue • Endurance With Jan and Dave Dravecky • Eternal Threads • FoodWorks Colorado • Friends in Transition • Grace Place for Women • Healing Waters International • NARHA – North American Riding for the Handicapped • Project C.U.R.E. • Restoration Ministries • Samaritan Counseling Centers • Shelterwood • Volunteers of America Chesapeake • World Relief

    Missions & Churches

    African Inland Mission • Aspen Ridge Church • Augustana Lutheran Church • Castle Pines Community Church • Central Presbyterian Church • Cherry Hills Community Church • Colorado Baptist General Convention • Converge – Rocky Mountain • Crossroads Community Church • David C. Cook & Integrity Music • Eastern Mennonite Missions • Grace Chapel • Greenwood Community Church • Living Truth • Living Way Fellowship • Missio Nexus • Missions Door • Mission Hills Church • Mt. Vernon Mennonite Church •
    Northpark Community Church • Pathways Church, Denver •

  • Pinon Hills Community Church • Smoky Hill Vineyard • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church • St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church • Summit Baptist Church • Telos Project • The Peoples Church, Toronto • The Mission Exchange • Whittier Area Community Church

    Schools & Education

    Cherry Hills Christian Schools • Denver Seminary •  Endow • Faith Heritage Schools • Forge: Kingdom Building Ministries • Institute for International Education • LeadTime • Seeds of Hope • Whiz Kids Tutoring

    Tourism & Recreation

    Horn Creek Colorado • Longmeadow Event Center • Ponderosa Retreat & Conference Center • Team Summit Colorado • YMCA of Metropolitan Denver

The Creative Team

Click on your favorite team member to learn some fun facts.

 

Andy Kinomoto

Creative Services

A right-brained virtuoso with left-brain guns, Andy loves to infuse everything he does with a creative edge. Denver’s 300 days of sunshine each year was a welcome change for this Seattle native. When he’s not glued to his iMac designing graphics, you’ll find Andy at the latest movie premiere, a Red Rocks concert, the ultimate frisbee field or behind his digital camera. He also enjoys investing in the lives of young people as a Young Life volunteer leader (and quite possibly has more fun than the kids do). Oh, and don’t worry — his hair doesn’t bite.

Sherri Heintz Kerr

President, CEO

Cahoots is the second ad agency Sherri’s founded, but this time she’s united her decades of advertising experience with causes that matter. She considers this the best job in the world: having a front-row seat in watching client organizations change the world. Professionally, she’s held almost every position in the business, including radio DJ, film editor, wordsmith, recording engineer, creative director and mother hen. But her greatest passion is for her family and farm, where she digs in the dirt and raises horses, dogs and dill pickles.

Rebecca Jantz Johnson

Vice President

With dozens of destinations stamped in her passport, this self-proclaimed nomad settled herself at Cahoots and has been bringing her creative genius and strategic thinking to our clients ever since. Rebecca’s nonprofit expertise comes from serving as a donor development officer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and as the communications director for Cherry Hills Community Church here in Colorado. Rebecca is our orchestrator, composing and combining all the moving parts. It’s no wonder she studied music in college.

Dee Barton Nock

Creative Director

Dee has been in Cahoots with Sherri as co-owner of Heintz-Barton Advertising, Creative Director at Cahoots and her favorite position, sister. Dee prays over every design, and it isn’t just requests to meet the deadline. Design is her passion, and “less is more” is her favorite motto — except when it comes to her paycheck. This everyday inspiration, paired with her creative talent, enables her to represent clients superbly — from big-name organizations to smaller ones with equally big opportunities. She loves the great outdoors of Colorado, spending her spare time water skiing, skiing, snowboarding, biking, horseback riding and gardening. However, it’s a known fact that she sweats more inside designing than outside working out.

Kevin Granger

Business Operations Manager

Somebody has to keep up with all the moving parts around here. And apparently it takes someone who ranked in the 97th percentile on his math SAT. (Well done, Kevin.) He has been quoted observing that “we go through more goldfish crackers than a preschool,” because he actually tracks that kind of thing for us — though not because we behave like four-year-olds. Prior to joining the staff of Cahoots, Kevin served as Program Director at Covenant Heights Camp and Retreat Center in Estes Park.

Jason Fish

Client Services & Development Manager

Jason has worked in various ministry and marketing contexts, from mentoring troubled kids to designing Italian leather goods to doing retail development for Abercrombie & Fitch. We know what you’re probably thinking — and yes, he’s a great guy, but no, he’s not the one on the A&F poster. Before joining Cahoots, he was the marketing manager for Bellco Credit Union, where he developed sponsorships and events with 200 community nonprofits. With Jason on our team, our clients now have the benefit of all that good experience.

Brice Bohrer

Creative Services Manager

A Kansas native, Brice drives a purple pick-up truck and roots for the Chiefs — but we try not to hold any of that against him. In past work, he applied his design skills to brand a wide range of business clients who sell everything rubber gaskets to hot tamales. We still don’t completely understand how he got from there to serving as the communications director for Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kansas. But we’re glad he moved to Colorado and brought his diverse experience to Cahoots.

Holly Bass

Media and Production

Holly is a list-maker extraordinaire who never lets anything slip through the cracks. And that’s a really good thing when it comes to her work with media planning and production coordination. Before she joined the Cahoots team, Holly worked as a journalist for The Vail Mountaineer and coordinated media stories for The Children’s Hospital in Denver. When she’s not working, Holly dabbles in a handful of hobbies including cooking, camping, singing and (believe it or not) extreme couponing.

Janie Williamson

Client Services

With a commitment to quality communication, Janie builds strong client relations for our team. Before coming to Cahoots, she worked for Entercom Communications and the Denver Nuggets Youth Hoops program. She’s a Nebraska native who found her way to Colorado and swears she’ll never leave. On the weekends, you’ll find Janie writing for a blog devoted to female football fans and rooting for her favorite team — you guessed it, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. And you’ll never meet a football fan with better fashion sense.

Janie Williamson

Client Services

With a commitment to quality communication, Janie builds strong client relations for our team. Before coming to Cahoots, she worked for Entercom Communications and the Denver Nuggets Youth Hoops program. She’s a Nebraska native who found her way to Colorado and swears she’ll never leave. On the weekends, you’ll find Janie writing for a blog devoted to female football fans and rooting for her favorite team — you guessed it, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. And you’ll never meet a football fan with better fashion sense.

Brandon Behan

Client Services

Brandon is passionate about excellent customer service, and he has the work history to show for it. His resume includes Youth for Christ International, Telizent Communications and The Rock at Ute Trail Ranch. He brought his marketing and sales savvy to Cahoots to serve our clients and combine his love of theology and communications — what a combo. He also enjoys anything to do with the Rocky Mountains, namely hiking, biking, camping and yodeling. (OK, we’re kidding about that last one.)

Aaron Schmohe

Web Development

Aaron loves being “wired in” to create the best digital media possible for our clients, which shows in the countless emails and website pages he’s created at Cahoots. Previously, he produced web work for places like Cactus advertising and software engineering for StorageTek and Hunter Douglas. He gets particularly elated by WordPress, and likes organic veggies as much as he likes code. Besides that, he’s such a nice guy that he bought a toaster for our office kitchen.

Jocelyn Schlenker

Client Services

Jocelyn came to Colorado and Cahoots all the way from the Lone Star State. She has done marketing work for Girl Scouts of Colorado, Presbyterian Healthcare in New Mexico and Albuquerque the Magazine. She flavors herself with an ounce of nerd and a pound of shameless coffee consumption. (Who says you can’t spend hours lost in a book with latte in hand?) When she isn’t buried in a book, you’ll find Jocelyn blog surfing, running or writing.

Sherri Kerr President, CEO of Cahoots CommunicationsRebecca Johnson, Vice President of CahootsDee Barton Nock, Creative Director, Cahoots Communications

Kevin Granger, Business Operations Manager of Cahoots CommunicationsJason Fish, Client Services and Development Manager, Cahoots CommunicationsBrice Bohrer, Creative Services Manager, Cahoots Communications

Holly BassJanie Williamson, Client Services, Cahoots CommunicationsAndy Kinomoto

Joceyln Schlenkerbrandon benhan staff photoAaron Schmohe Web Development, Cahoots Communications

It's History

This classic photo gives you a pretty good idea of exactly how long we’ve been around.

Disregard the guy in the middle. That’s our brother Steve and he’s just about the only family member that isn’t “in Cahoots.”

Dee Barton Nock | Creative Director

Dee’s on the right and she’s the one around here who draws the pretty pictures. Over the last decades, she’s been responsible for putting on paper, and every other conceivable platform, some of the brands folks around here consider iconic.

She’s also one of those rare graphic designers who still believes in grids, has actually set type, starts to sweat when she smells rubber cement and was one of the first designers in the Rocky Mountains to use a Mac.

Dee knows a great deal about what not to do and she’s scary creative. I’ve lost count of the times she’s handed me design comps that came from a place only God can inspire. Her creative isn’t outside the box … it simply was never in one.

She’s still and always will be our creative director.

Sherri Kerr| President, CEO

I’m the one on the left even though I am, and always will be, the middle child. My bent  is simple and Mom said it best – “Only God could take a blabber mouth and turn it into a career.

Cahoots Teeth

What comes easiest to me is singing, but I never quite figured out how to make a living at it. In college I majored in opera, which turned out to be a misguided degree. After being cast in four consecutive operas as the whore (town whore, wharf whore, village whore and just a whore whore) I decided to raise my voice through advertising and development.

Simply, I’ve always done all the other creative stuff that compliments what Dee does.

Heintz-Barton Advertising

So, in 1984, Dee and I were having coffee and had this great big, holy cow idea to start an ad agency. Lord only knows where the idea came from, literally. If the truth be told, we were dumber than a post about what that really meant. We already had years of experience and were passionate about our craft, but didn’t have any preconceived ideas about running an agency.

But what we did have was an over-exaggerated sense of accountability, a German work ethic that had been pounded into us our entire lives and the no-nonsense gift of understatement that says, “If you don’t have something good to say, don’t say it at all.”

All of that actually translated into a success we had never anticipated. I think it’s also because we weren’t on our own agenda. We wanted to make our clients look good, help them make a good living and serve great causes in the process.

Our clients at Heintz-Barton ranged from big dogs like U S West, the State of Colorado, USA Today and Pay-Per-View, to closely-held businesses like The Brown Palace Hotel, Cook’s Smart and the Kit Carson County Carousel.

We sold out.

By 1993, when we sold the agency to two creative guys, we were a AAAA, top-ten ad agency in Colorado. We were at the top of our game but wanted nothing more than to go home and be full-time moms. And we did just that.

When my twins were in preschool and after I had put contact paper on every conceivable surface in my home, I knew it was time to exercise my gift of gab once again.

Cahoots Communications Inc.

Dee tells everyone that she keeps getting swept up in my big ideas, but the truth is we love this business and we just want to do joy work now. We don’t care if we ever sell another switch or widget again.

So in 1995, we took our big agency know-how to create a new kind of ad agency and are giving it back to all the cause organizations that capture our hearts. It’s the hardest work we’ve ever done, but in our opinion, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Contact Us

A cause worth talking about.

As you’ve probably figured out, we love communication and we’d love to talk with you about your cause.

Thank you for giving us your attention during this site visit. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sherri Kerr| President, CEO

720.253.1020

Cahoots Communications Inc.

6050 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. Nº 110
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