Suzan Knese has twenty-five years of experience in operations, talent management, HR, and business management. This year Suzan celebrated thirteen years with Osborn Barr Paramore (OBP) where she servers as Chief Operating Officer.
OBP is a full-service marketing, advertising, public relations and digital agency headquartered in St. Louis with offices in Kansas City and Nashville. OBP is one of the largest privately held marking firms in the mid-west with 25MM in annual revenue and over 150 full-time employees.
As chief operating officer, Suzan oversees operations focusing on profitability, operational efficiencies, resource management, creative and media deliverables. As an agency partner and member of the executive team, Suzan is a key contributor in helping shape agency strategy, talent integration, and organizational design across the organization. Suzan is charged with tying intellectual capital to business growth.
Before joining OBP, Suzan served as the VP/director of human resources at D’Arcy Advertising for ten years. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in leading integration through four mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies.
She serves on the board for the 4A’s human resources and training and development committee, is a board member of both Memory Home Care Solutions and the St. Louis chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis and is an active volunteer with the Catholic Charities, St. Vincent DePaul Society and serves as a trustee for her parish, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Waterloo, Illinois. Suzan is active with the Agri-Marketing Association, serves as a national judge for the FFA and is a member of the Magnet HR/Operations management committee.
Suzan’s undergraduate degree is from Southeast Missouri State University, where Suzan was awarded a 2017 Alumni Merit. Suzan also has a master’s degree from Webster University in St. Louis.
Suzan will celebrate her twenty fifth wedding anniversary this September with her husband, Mark Knese. They are parents to Hannah, Katie and Joey.