Brands are a lot like people in the sense that they want to be wanted – to be listened to, respected and trusted. Today’s brands desire more than casual contact with their customers. They want to be invited into a mutually rewarding relationship—one where they can continually share, grow and thrive.

Involve partners with brands to accelerate affinity and secure that invitation.  We approach business and marketing relationships much in the same way as humans approach healthy personal relationships. By establishing a connection based on shared values and mutual attraction, we set the stage for a deeper, long-lasting and much more financially rewarding journey.

Involve gets you invited. And that’s the first step to going anywhere and everywhere your brand desires to go. 

Our Services

Brand Optimization

Brand Activation Plans

Research and Customer Insights


Public Relations

Digital Marketing

Key Influencer Activation

Social Media Strategy and Management

Experiential Marketing

Sports & Cause-related Partnerships

Contests & Sweepstakes


Leadership Team

Craig Lerner

& President

Agency Founder Craig Lerner has more than 30 years of experience as an agency owner, agency director and brand-side marketer. With an early focus on advertising and promotion for pharmaceutical and health care companies, Craig is also an expert in sports marketing and the sporting goods industry. He has a history of successfully promoting leading products, events and brands in these spaces.

Dave Schwantes

Agency Partner

Agency Partner David Schwantes leads Involve’s consumer insights and research practice. A key member of the brand strategy team, Dave brings extensive background in marketing research and strategy, brand building and brand equity management to clients in a wide range of industries. Dave is also a skilled reporter and an Executive in Residence at Capital University’s School of Management.

Michelle Moore

Agency Partner

Agency Partner Michelle Moore leads Involve’s public relations practice. An established media relations specialist, she brings 20 years of industry-related experience to the table and has helped companies and individuals increase awareness and business productivity, build market share, enhance customer loyalty and develop and penetrate target markets with memorable results.

Lesley Levenson

SVP of Brand Management
& Licensing

Lesley Levenson is a branding and licensing industry expert. She has extensive experience in a full range of product categories and distribution channels. Lesley’s passion for building brands and her technical experience in product development, licensing and marketing began at Macy’s where she entered the training program right out of college and worked her way up to become the buyer of Designer and Better Handbags.

Stacey Elicker

VP of Brand Engagement
& Digital Director

Stacey Elicker serves as Involve’s VP of Brand Engagement & Director of Digital Strategy. She has overseen digital strategy and execution for clients within many business sectors and focused her work in digital advertising for over 15 years. She has experience in the complete digital life cycle including; user experience & interface, SEO, digital marketing, coding and data analytics

Darren Kautz

Director of Creative Strategy

For nearly two decades, Darren Kautz has been helping brands craft positioning, personality, voice, messaging, and communication plans that engage audiences, maximize impact, and drive action. He collaborates closely with clients to uncover their unique essence, oversees a dedicated and talented team of creatives, and makes sure that brand stories are told in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

Greg Niederlander

& Wellness Coach

Greg Niederlander serves as Involve’s resident business coach. A 30-year veteran in the areas of physical conditioning, coaching and personal performance enhancement, Greg applies his expertise in human performance to the business realm, working to improve and enhance brand wellness for Involve’s client base.