Our Team

Crest Communications was founded in 1978. It’s the blood, sweat, tears, and diligent research that put us on the map and has kept us there ever since.



We're a tight-knit team who work and play together. Our personalities vary drastically, making a unique—and super fun—mix.


A Glance At Our Team Leaders


Darren Vorel

Darren is a multi-platform artist, and the Executive Art Director at CCI. A master of the microphone with 22 years in music, he’s also a paintbrush, digital, audio, and print connoisseur. He’s the man who rode alongside the band to capture all the social media content covering the Plain White T’s 2018 Summer Tour. He's also heavily and happily immersed in the Chicago art scene.


Jess Piet 

Jess is the Creative Director who loves a good branding makeover. She’s a blogger turned copywriter, who transitioned into multi-platform content curation with her teams at Jim Beam and McDonald’s. When she’s not zooming around producing projects, you can find her in a standstill at the spa.


Lindsay Macdonald

Lindsay was born to put her powers as Digital Strategist to good use. In her 5 years of leading social media strategy and planning at CCI, she’s also put it to work in her volunteer efforts as social media coordinator at Chicago Animal Care and Control. This one is a prodigious organizer. And a world-saver. 


Mark Bando

Mark is a sharp Account Director, and a champ on the tennis court. He has worked in advertising for 33 years, many of which were spent selling media at The Daily Herald. This experience has led to efficiency and excellence when it comes to buying it. Mark earned his office title as the Sugar Sheriff—because no sweet gets past him.