About Us

What's a Maven?

We want you to thrive!

No matter your industry, we are here to help you and your business thrive. There's no need to struggle with growing your business when you add Maven to your team. Let us obsess over your marketing while you obsess over your customers. 

The Right Fit

We believe that commercial success and professional satisfaction are, ultimately, about relationships. And when those relationship are right, we’re positioned to elevate your game—to realize and actualize potentials that are waiting for you and your customers. We work in a highly personalized manner. When you become a Maven client, your business genuinely becomes our business. We become an extension of your expertise, talents, and gifts, and help you deliver them into the world. As a trusted ally, we’ve got your back.

What's a Maven, anyway?

A maven is someone who has a gift for understanding things clearly, based on the accumulation of knowledge. Driven by the passion to share that knowledge with others, mavens are trusted experts in the realms they espouse. Owner and founder, Karen Dunne, is one such person. And because an effective website, brand narrative, or brochure should be as smart as it is engaging, Karen has a team of professional mavens who bring their skills and gifts to the table—experts in the world of communication, technology, and design.

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Karen Dunne

Owner

For over 20 years, Karen has been helping businesses communicate their value. As a bona fide maven, Karen is naturally curious with an affinity for observation, coupled with an innate gift for compiling and synthesizing information. When you add her uncanny sense of intuition, driving work ethic, dedication to excellence, and sharp creative aesthetic, Karen becomes a formidable ally to your business.

Karen is dedicated to genuinely listening to you, to hearing what might be unspoken, behind the words. She’ll transform your information into an identity, a website, or a printed piece that authentically represents the qualities that are most important to convey. Karen thrives on building trusting, collaborative relationships and helping you realize your greatest potentials.

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“It takes stamina to run your own business—mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. I understand that because I do it for Maven. I’m in an excellent position to support my clients because I truly get what they’re going through.”

– excerpt from the Colorado Springs Business Journal

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Randy Carey

Software Engineer and Web Architect

Custom solutions make your website more effective, efficient, and ultimately more profitable. Randy never expects you to live with off-the-shelf solutions if you need more. 

He holds a MS in software engineering and has been coding custom applications for the web since 2009. He has built custom applications for companies like Pillsbury and ThermoKing, and also worked in research and development at Lawson Software. 

Several of Randy's articles have been published and he regularly presents his work at developer conferences (Boston, Chicago, New York, San Jose, Tampa, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Germany).
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Traci Macnamara

Writer

Many business owners struggle with having so much to say about their business that they get lost in a sea of sentences. Traci can work with you in creative and technical contexts alike, with topics ranging from warehousing to personal coaching. 

Traci is a writing Maven, with three masters degrees in the subject: English literature, narrative nonfiction writing, and curriculum and instruction. Her love of writing about nature, adventure, and the great outdoors inspired a hike and bike trip through France, following the footsteps of poet William Wordsworth to the Alps, and she is currently finishing a book about the experience.

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Tom Kimmell

Photographer

Nothing communicates more powerfully than a professional photograph. A photoshoot to capture what your company is all about adds enormous value to your website and marketing collateral.

Tom captures the essence of people and events, from the beauty of the natural environment to intimate portraits. Tom brings passion, creativity and experience to every shoot, whether it's within the intensity of elite sports or the emotion of remote third world cultures. His images have won national awards from The National Press Photographers Association, The Associated Press, The National Headliners Award and as a member of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. 


When you want to give your best impression, add a photoshoot to your plan. It will have an impact on your marketing immediate and for years to come. 

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Pixie Dust

Receptionist

No office would be complete without 30 pounds of Pixie Dust. She immigrated from the country of Fiji where she was wise enough to adopt a Peace Corps Volunteer, our owner Karen Dunne. She now enjoys the the luxurious life of an American pet and has a full-time job as the receptionist at Maven Design Studio. She's the only member of the team who is allowed to sleep on the job.

We sprinkle a little Pixie Dust on every project and let the magic happen.

 

We help make it easy for you to thrive!

Schedule a Call

Let's talk about your business and how we can help you grow. We'll suggest options to improve your marketing and determine if we're a good fit.

We Implement

We execute on your new marketing strategy by implementing a brand narrative, custom website and supporting marketing collateral that is unique to your organization.

You Flourish

With your marketing strategy bringing in new business, your revenue starts to increase while you focus and flourish at what you do best.