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Who We Are

We are a full service advertising and public relations agency made up of geeks, artists, business people, teachers, publicists, event planners, writers, and entrepreneurs. We don’t work outrageous advertising hours. We do maintain a work-life balance and spend time together outside of work. We could say it’s for company culture, or team building, but really it’s because we like each other. If there’s a common thread at lookthinkmake, it’s doing things for the greater good. You’ll find no divas or hotshots here—just a talented group collaborating to help our clients grow.

The Team


Patricia Buchholtz

With dual degrees in International Business and French from Texas State University, more than 10 years of experience in marketing, and a crazy knack for numbers, Patricia drives the nitty gritty side of advertising and marketing at lookthinkmake. Under the beloved statement “form follows function,” Patricia focuses on the logistics, brand management, budget, and execution for our clients. And, ever engaging, Patricia directs lookthinkmake’s new business efforts. Prior to lookthinkmake, Patricia’s journey has included the Rise and Fall of the Dotcom Era where she helped define and create one of the original small business e-commerce website-creation templates; the successful launch and eventual sale of The Daisy Soap Company – an animal-free line of natural soaps; ownership of Brass Tacks Consulting, a small-business start-up consulting firm; and served as the marketing director for The Austonian and a number of other award-winning Central Texas real estate projects.


Sean Thompson

From drawing and painting to strategizing and storytelling, Sean has always been a maker, and at lookthinkmake, he is the maker in chief. Sean attended Colgate University, graduating with a BA in English Literature. He then earned his MA in Advertising at The University of Texas at Austin in 1998, where he concentrated on advertising creativity. Upon earning his graduate degree, Sean worked at Leo Burnett Worldwide in Chicago, where he devised television, print, and branding campaigns for McDonald’s, General Motors, Delta Airlines, USPS, Kellogg’s and more. Sean returned to Austin to serve as the Creative Director for NetSpend and, hooked on the thrill of startup culture, started a habit of building brands from the ground up. From this, lookthinkmake was born. When Sean isn’t mentoring brands, he’s mentoring young creative talent. A member of the UT-Austin Advertising faculty since 2000, Sean is a Senior Lecturer and leads the Texas Creative Program, where he has seen his students win nearly every major national creative award. A strong believer in the dialogue between theory and practice, Sean enjoys bringing the best of both worlds together at lookthinkmake.

Tim Biery

He builds and refinishes furniture, motorcycles, and oh yeah, websites.

Gwen Donovan

A reserved, thoughtful designer you listen to closely, because whatever she’s about to say will be hilarious.

Chelsea Esquivel
Office Manager

She takes really good care of us when she’s not destroying us in Fantasy Football.

Cortney Hickey

Cortney said she didn’t need a caption. We disagree.

Jordan Jeffus
Brand Management

There needs to be a new word for Jordan’s level of organization. Jordanization?

Kelsey Kemper
Public Relations

She’s soft spoken with a keen wit. She lives life to the fullest without breaking a sweat.

Mason Kerwick
Public Relations

A ball of positive energy. Just look at the picture; that’s Resting Mase Face.

Casey Miller
Public Relations

She has more stories than a Russian grandmother.

Jeff Noel

Jeff’s our resident aesthete. Neatest desk in the office, and somehow, he’s still so laid back.

Nate Stine

Wit for days. If Nate had a diary, it’d be a best seller.

Sean Swanson

Never met a person, paper or typeface that didn’t like Swanson.

Elle Tse

Crafty in beautiful and devious ways.

Sarah Van Zee
Public Relations

Pitches media like she pitches her UGA Bulldogs– with tenacity.

Bailey Werderich
Brand Management

Upbeat and always on the move. The kind of person who could knock out a to-do list during a nap.