A Little History

July, 1990, Stevenson Advertising opened its doors in downtown Seattle, as a full-service advertising agency, dedicated to helping businesses grow through comprehensive marketing strategies.

Owner, Brett Stevenson, also opened a television production company, Piranha Productions, in 1992. Piranha produced television commercials, including video productions, for Starbuck’s Coffee Company, Microsoft, Red Robin Restaurants, Moneytree, and many others.

In 2003, Brett sold Piranha Productions to his employees and moved Stevenson Advertising to the Stevenson Square Office Complex, in Lynnwood, WA, which he owns with his brother, Ken Stevenson.

In 2006, Stevenson Advertising opened a second advertising office in Tri-Cities, WA. Kathy Balcom is VP of Sales for the Tri-Cities office. With the development of the Washington Wine industry, Washington’s “Inland Empire” has become a region of surging population and growth for hundreds of new and familiar industries.

With these two offices, Stevenson Advertising covers the state of Washington, serving both large and small communities and advertisers. All are vital contributors to a growing economy. We can target and serve a variety of needs and budgets, whatever the size of the business or market.

From the beginning, Stevenson Advertising has maintained a special focus on the automotive industry. In 2002, they began a monthly trade publication, Dealer Marketing Magazine, which is now distributed to 18,000+ dealer subscribers nationwide.

Agency Objectives: Stevenson Advertising applies the most effective marketing tools available to promote our clients’ products and services. We conduct careful research of your business, your industry, and your competitors’ businesses. We offer a well-thought-out marketing plan that includes traditional and digital options, creative commercial content, and state-of-the-art production. As a full-service agency, we believe in getting the total job done, and getting it done well. Our reward, as well as yours, is an impressive history of success; some of our clients have been with us since we opened our doors.

The Staff

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Brett Stevenson | CEO

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Before starting Stevenson Advertising, Brett Stevenson worked in media at radio and television stations, including KWIQ/KFFT-AM/FM and KORD/KZZK-AM/FM in Eastern WA, and KVI/KPLZ AM/FM. KIXI/KLITE-AM/FM, and KSTW-TV in Seattle. As president of Stevenson Advertising, Brett serves as a creative strategist for the company’s clients. Brett also has a background in operating new businesses: start-ups Piranha Productions, Inc., and LION New Media, LLC. Both sold to employees.

In 1992, Brett began publishing Dealer Marketing Magazine, which he still owns, and an office complex he owns with his brother. Brett’s background in radio, television, public relations, video production, digital advertising, and magazine publishing makes him highly capable of helping businesses succeed with their marketing and advertising. Brett Stevenson owns a home in Mill Creek with his wife, Nancy. They have two children, Kate and Cameron. Brett has been a Seattle Seahawks Season Ticket Holder for 29 years. Go Hawks!

With more than a dozen years’ experience as an on-air sportscaster, Tim is no stranger to media. He has worked with television stations throughout the country, eventually traveling to Seattle to work for the BELO Corp.

Tim works hard to service and maintain an accomplished list of Stevenson Advertising clients, always looking to add new clients who can benefit from the services provided by Stevenson Advertising. He prefers a hands-on approach to fulfilling his clients’ needs, helping them define their goals, form effective branding strategies, and negotiating media for them for the best deal possible.

As an analytical thinker who can read numbers like a book, Tim can work nearly any budget; he treats his clients’ dollars as if they were his own. Tim Grand lives with his wife, Pam, and his two sons, Oskar and Charlie. He enjoys traveling and running his successful fantasy sports teams.

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Tim Grand | Vice-President of Sales – Western Washington

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Kathy Balcom

Kathy Balcom | Vice-President of Sales – Eastern Washington

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Kathy Balcom has been a broadcast specialist in the Tri-Cities for more than 30 years. She worked 18 of those years in radio management, and 10 years as Station Manager for television station, KFFX FOX 11.

Kathy now lives in Pasco, WA, and, since 2006, represents Stevenson Advertising in Eastern WA.

Kathy believes in serving her community; she has a long list of civic affiliations, including past President of Tri- Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, past Chair of United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, TRAC Advisory Board, TRIDEC Board of Directors, and founding member of the Mid Columbia Small Business Awards

Shawn Sergev has been working in motion graphics, VFX, and video editing since 2005, honing his skills in the KOMO TV Newsroom and boutique production companies. He also has experience in animation, including the creation of original art, and working with dynamic camera movements in a 3D space.

Shawn particularly enjoys match-move motion tracking effects and particle effects. He strives for the moment when camera effect blends so well that the viewer can’t tell there is an effect at all. With his vast experience in all things video, Shawn is Stevenson Advertising’s go-to person for all projects that require video production for the agency’s clients.

Shawn Sergev describes his natural style as high-energy and big- impact. He is an avid runner, recently competing in the Mercer Island half marathon.

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Shawn Sergev | Video Production Manager and Director

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Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson | Accounting | Controller

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 Julie Nelson is the head of Stevenson Advertising accounting department.  She has been in the accounting field for over 20 years. In 2014, Julie completed her Associates in Accounting degree from EVCC.

Julie lives in Monroe with her husband of 25 years and their three children. All three of her children are involved in premier soccer and she enjoys watching them play all year round.  Her family enjoys vacationing at their cabin on Hood Canal.

 Diana Berg is the head of the web department at Stevenson Advertising.  She provides clients with custom built and designed websites, taking advantage of the most cutting edge resources in the industry.  With a solution-focused outlook and a positive, easy-going personality, she is an expert in helping businesses develop an effective and powerful online presence.

Diana lives in Mukilteo with her husband and two children.  As an Eastern Washington native, she travels back across the mountains to visit family whenever possible, but enjoys the live music and stellar food options the Seattle area has to offer!  She loves watching her daughter’s basketball games, listening to her son on the drums, and going to see her husband’s band play around the Puget Sound.


Diana Berg | Website Build & Design | Social Media Manager

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