We are Different by DNA. We know we’re not like the other guys. We aren’t an ad agency controlled by a colossal holding company or a quirky design studio with Foosball Fridays. You won’t find any soda machines or Segway charging stations here. What we have is purpose. We are defined by our team’s diverse background, entrepreneurial spirit, and rejection of the status quo.

We work hard to uncover what makes our clients different and to position them as the leaders of their own narrative. For them and for us, what sets us apart is what brings us together for great success.




When asked what our team is known for, the simple answer is “We solve our partner’s problems with creative solutions.”

What we actually do is anything but simple. We create great design with backbone. We create experiences with purpose. We create content with engagement. We bring brands to life.

Brand Development

Brand Positioning — why you exist 
Brand Strategy — why you matter 
Brand Design — what you look and feel like 
Brand Messaging — what you say 
Journey Mapping — how and where they’ll experience you

Digital Experience

Website Experience — purposeful user-centered design and dev 
Social Media — creating an engaging and engaged brand 
Lead Generation — data-based strategies 
Social and Search Advertising — expanding the reach of your word 

Experiential Design

Event Marketing — intentional and interactive events
Campaigns and Contests — high traction lead generation

Strategy and Consulting

Audience — target audience definition
Strategic Planning — where is our brand going
Innovation — where can our brand go











To be a great leader is to raise others to a higher potential

nathanNathan Nerland
Founder and CEO

Obsessed with differentiation, Nathan Nerland is CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Nerland Co., which strives to do just that for each and every client. At the age of 23, Nathan left his marketing role at Caribou Coffee with a mission to start an agency that would think differently, act nimbly, evolve naturally and progress quickly. He’s achieved that mission, and continues to foster an organization that strives to see its clients flourish in a world chock-full of media.

Nathan’s dedication extends even further as the founder of the Carson Glore Foundation, whose objective is to educate an entire generation of students in Kenya, currently working on opening their third school.


drewDrew Mintz
Creative Director

From designing websites and print media to creating social campaigns and marketing strategies, Drew loves working on a wide variety of client projects.

As Creative Director for Nerland Co, Drew is responsible for overseeing, managing, and often producing the agency’s visual content.   From simply updating the look or feel of a website to overhauling the aesthetic identity of an entire brand, Drew loves collaborating with both designers and clients to create unique, eye-catching work.


angieAngela Churchill
Chief Experience and Strategy Officer

Angie’s drive to help organizations reach their true business potential is built upon nearly 20 years spent leading teams in marketing strategy at major organizations such as UnitedHealth Group, Optum Health, Capella University and Carlson Marketing Group. Angie’s role at Nerland Co. has her leading strategic planning for clients. Her focused attention to connecting the right people to the right business roles has her delivering positive results time and again.

Angie was a marketing manager for Gold Points’ and was part of the team that worked on rebranding Radisson in 2003/2004.


robertRobert Prevost
Director of Brand Strategy

Robert is our savvy master of PR, communications and digital media; and uses this trifecta of expertise to help clients shape their brands.

For 15 years he has assisted national consumer brands and major health care organizations in reaching their business goals by developing a thorough blend of these tools. In addition, Robert has vast account side experience at Interval, North Memorial Health Care and Carmichael Lynch Spong.


katieKatie Smith
Director of Marketing

Katie’s commitment to discover the hidden possibility in every client comes from years of experience leading marketing and business development teams at organizations such as UnitedHealth Group, the Carlson School of Management, Carlson Marketing Group, Target and General Mills. Katie brings fresh perspective, research, organization, open communication and genuine interest to every project, which has proven fortuitous to her clients.


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