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Cami Travis-Groves


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Cami Travis-Groves is a seasoned graphic designer with more than 25 years experience. She’s also a design strategist, an author, a consultant, a good-juju spreader, and a speaker who’s given talks all over the country. Her experience includes designing in all forms and working for all types of clients, from a multi-million-dollar investment firm to one-person startups, from independent publishers to international recording artists. A serial volunteer, she feels humbled to hold the title of President for The Freelance Exchange.

Jason Dailey

Vice President

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Jason has over 20 years’ experience in photography and has owned his own business since 2002. The creative field is all about problem solving. Collaboration is key, and Jason appreciates working with other creatives in all phases of the creative process: concept to delivery. As a photographer, Jason creates quietly dynamic images photographing portrait and portrait moments, and lifestyle images, emphasizing transition moments. He does this for graphic design firms needing collateral material, direct corporate clients wanting to make a visual statement, editorial publications to illustrate stories, and for small- to medium-sized advertising agencies who are looking to do portrait and lifestyle oriented campaigns. Jason communicates with photo editors, art directors and graphic designers in order to create the most effective imagery.

Ashley McCarter


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Ted Tronnes


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Ted is an advertising creative director with 21 years of agency experience from Philadelphia to Kansas City with his own KC creative firm for the last decade. Ted provides marketing ideas/execution of print advertising, site UI-UX, identity systems and logos and general graphic design solutions. Ted has a BA from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and studied Art Direction/Graphic Design at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. Larger clients include American Century, Bayer Crop Science, Boerhinger Ingelheim, Danisco, Intervet Schering-Plough, John Deere, Monsanto, Hallmark, Pfizer Animal Health, Sprint and The Salvation Army.

Julie Cortés


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Julie Cortés is an award-winning freelance advertising/marketing copywriter and proofreader, who works in all mediums and most industries. Her client and account lists run the gamut, from ad agencies and design shops to corporations and small businesses. In addition to serving her clients, Cortés has dedicated her 20+ year career to helping others be successful as well. She is the founder and past president of The Freelance Exchange of KC—an industry organization that serves both self-employed professionals as well as the businesses that hire them. She is also an adjunct professor at the KC Art Institute, where she created her own course, Freelancing 101. Cortés is regularly sought out for mentoring, speaking engagements and media interviews.

Diane Schmidt

Past President

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Diane Schmidt is a seasoned project manager and proofreader with more than 30 years of experience. Diane’s background is in direct marketing and print production management with companies such as Sprint and Harte-Hanks. She has been an entrepreneur since 1999—solopreneur, contractor, freelancer, whatever you want to call it. Her experience includes proofreading and managing projects on national and local levels, from small businesses to large firms, advertising and design agencies, etc. She remains actively involved on The Freelance Exchange Board as Immediate Past President and always has her fingers in numerous FX activities.

Board of Directors

Kendra Meek


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Byron Ginsburg


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Byron provides content writing, media outreach and marketing consulting services to individuals and organizations seeking to raise their visibility, recognition and revenue. Through interviews and collaboration, he helps clients develop their brand messaging and tell their stories. Byron writes articles, records testimonials, polishes business plans and creates professional profiles – both bio and LinkedIn-style – for digital and print channels.  His media placements have helped clients boost their public perception, event attendance and fundraising. Byron volunteers at arts, entrepreneurial and philanthropic organizations. He holds a Journalism degree from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s in Marketing from Avila University.

Matt Nichols


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Matt Nichols celebrated his 16th year anniversary as a freelance photographer in July, and has been creating dynamic images for over 22 years. Specializing in commercial and fashion photography. Matt works out of his custom built 3000 square foot studio in the old italian neighborhood of Columbus Park in downtown Kansas City, MO. Matt believes in "No BIG egos, just BIG pictures.

Linda Gourley


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Linda applied over 20 years of experience in client account and project management to the founding of her own business, SocialMotion Associates, in 2013. Since then Linda has used her skills from the retail, non-profit and technology fields toward empowering small businesses in the use of social media platforms. A common theme throughout her career has been acting as connector between people and the technology with which they need to become comfortable. Her focus on comfort fits in nicely, we think, with her role as director of social events on behalf of The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City.

Alexis Ceule

Social Media

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Speaking your brand’s distinct voice online since 2008. Social Media Mamapreneur:  social crafter, brand ambassador & social evolver. I’m parade commentator, Jayhawk, Kansas City proud, fan of solar and wind power, and hell yes I run with scissors.

Cheryl Aufdemberge

Special Events

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Cheryl is passionate about digital marketing and in helping her clients grow their online presence. She has a decade or more of experience in the areas of website, blog and CRM administration, social media management, e-marketing, online research and event planning/onsite management. Cheryl is a lifelong learner and serves on several Boards and Committees for local nonprofit organizations. When not engaged in the B2B community, Cheryl spends most of her time caring for her fur baby, Layla.

Adam Ziles


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