Who we are

We’re energetic people pursuing big ideas. We focus on design thinking, we challenge each other to explore new creative solutions, and we utilize a human-centered approach to foster innovation within your organization.

Our Team

Matthew Kelly

Partner & Business Designer

Matt is a Partner and Business Designer, based in Chicago, who has been part of the team since its formation in 2014, and is responsible for our office in Chicago.

He assists organizations with alignment and clarity about the current state of their business, competition, economic challenges, and vision for the future.

Matt has over 10 years of experience overseeing the lifecycle of complex organizational development activities. Defining project scope with stakeholders, he is skilled in facilitating synthesis of multiple perspectives into a clear strategy and plan for action. Matt has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Marc McLaughlin

CEO, Partner & Business Designer

Marc is an experienced strategy consultant, business designer and entrepreneur, who is responsible for founding Do Tank back in 2014.

He supports organizations by the use of his bold strategic thinking, creative visual design and practical implementation skills that are ever focused on delivering concrete results.

Marc has an impressive ability to confront the norm and help frame and reduce complexity allowing organizations to discuss, re-design and determine the critical few next steps required to drive strategic change.

With 13+ years of experience with corporates through to start-ups, and within a wide range of industry sectors, he enjoys realizing the successful impact of implementing our new tools, skills and mindsets within organizations.

Jarrod Lowery

Business Designer

Jarrod is a Business Designer who joined our Chicago team in 2017.

He drives client success using design thinking and visual tools in fast-paced, high-impact engagements. Jarrod is a shrewd strategist and relentless learner who enjoys helping clients experience true “Aha!” moments.

Prior to joining Do Tank, Jarrod spent four years running strategic planning processes and managing cross-functional projects in the industrial equipment space.

Jarrod holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University.

Emily Blazer

Business Designer

Emily is a multi-disciplinary artist and facilitator, with over 15 years of experience in theatre, dance and education.

With a rich background in disparate art-centered industries, she is an expert in collaborating creatively with organizations to meet their specific and diverse needs.

Emily designs solutions and strategies from a place of empathy, with a human-centered perspective. Bold and direct, she brings innovation to the forefront of her work, through her artistic sensitivity and curiosity.

Prior to joining the Chicago office, Emily lived in rural Missouri raising poultry, competing in powerlifting and running a local arts salon.

Adam Kohlrus

Business Designer

Adam Kohlrus, BA, MS, CPHQ, CPPS is an experienced healthcare consultant and business designer with DoTank Health.

He has worked for more than a decade with hospitals on issues such as readmissions, hospital acquired conditions, patient safety, population health and health equity. In leading state and federally funded quality improvement grants for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, Adam has experienced the impact design thinking inputs can have in traditional healthcare settings.

He received his Bachelors of Arts in Social Psychology at Loyola University with a minor in Peace Studies and a Master’s of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health at Western Illinois University.

Adam also served in the Peace Corps as a Community Health volunteer in both Swaziland, Africa and Guyana, South America before working at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC. Through his work abroad and domestically, Mr. Kohlrus has demonstrated proficiencies in quality improvement, community development, project management, curriculum development, and data analytics.

Alex Spiroff

Business Designer

Alex is a business designer at Do Tank, with a background in human-centered and visual design.

Alex formerly honed her design skills in higher education, guiding university students through the design research process, and working on corporately sponsored innovation consulting projects.
She is particularly interested in the opportunities for innovation and the application of human-centered design in healthcare, and is a passionate believer in health equity and the power of human-centered work to positively affect health outcomes. She believes we have the power as designers and innovators to embrace our unique position and build relationships with the communities we are serving, using our resources and skills to design innovative and impactful solutions for real residents in our communities.

Alex received her Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Stephen McLaughlin

Head of Digital

Steve is an experienced Learning Consultant and Designer who is responsible for our growing Business Design Academy.

Steve is passionate about Learning and Development. He is forward thinking about the technology we use to deploy digital learning and firmly believes in helping individuals unlock their full potential.

He supports organizations by helping them develop robust digital learning strategies and foster a creative culture of learning. Steve encourages people to think differently, build capability, adopt change, and personally develop their career.

Steve brings 14 years of experience working in a global corporate Learning and Development environment.

Bruno Suarez-Bango

Visual Designer

Simply put, Bruno is an amazing designer with an artistic flair that most folks would die for.

He’s a Chicago-based artist, designer and wannabe drummer from Quito, Ecuador. Bruno has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Printmaking and Visual Communication. As a thinker and creator, he finds himself navigating boundaries and contemplating oppositions: between the culture he was raised in and the culture he is currently part of, between societal structures and the people within them, and between the processes of art and design.

This explorative and critical mindset carves Bruno’s path both in and out of the studio, and fuels his interests in music, art, design, politics, futbol, culture, and movies.

Jade Goodwin-Carter

Visual Designer

Jade is a purpose-driven artist who firmly believes in the power of visual thinking to transform our assumptions about what’s possible. This conviction drives her to push the limits of visual communication in the service of leaving a positive impact on her community and the world at large.

Previously, Jade worked as a designer in the non-profit sector, where she honed her skills to connect brands and services with people on an emotionally meaningful level.

Jade has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She studied Graphic Design at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Dan Landgren

Visual Designer

Dan uses his motion and graphic skills to create appealing design and animation assets for clients. He is fascinated with the power of the moving image and the importance of thoughtful design. More than anything, Dan enjoys learning new skills.

In his past experience, Dan has worked as a motion designer for various music and film festivals.

Dan is a graduate of DePaul University, with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Animation.

Cat Maciver-Whyte

Visual Designer

Cat is a designer who enjoys producing narrative visuals with graphic and motion design. She relishes the whole design process, aiming to be deliberate and considerate in the creative choices she makes.

Cat has explored the world of infographics, fallen in love with motion design, sketched many an illustration, and gone into the rabbit hole of typography. A lover of storytelling and a visual problem-solver, she loves to form unique and creative solutions to produce engaging and exciting outcomes. Besides her design work, Cat’s other creative outputs have been painting artwork on ceramics, hand lettering, and cooking.

Cat graduated from the Duncan of Jordanston college of Art and Design with a B(Des) in Graphic Design.

Lauren Cox

Visual Designer

Lauren is a visual designer with an unbridled passion for motion graphics and a background in fine art, illustration, and human centered design. Steadfast and joyful, she loves nothing more than creating bold visual solutions to combine her skills and tell as many stories as she can.

Driven by the question “can I make this move?”, she constantly puts her design skills to the test with a variety of mediums to create the best visual and narrative solutions. Through her foundation in graphic design, she’s always up for the challenge, whether that’s learning new skills or crafting something outside of the box. A lover of traditional animation, fantasy, and the color blue, she enjoys long projects in Adobe After Effects and staring at dogs in public spaces.

Lauren has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign!

Andrew Wise

Digital Marketing Manager

Andrew is Do Tank’s Digital Marketing Manager. This means he is always looking for new ways to describe Do Tank. He sees Do Tank as a company powered by its desire to use creativity and curiosity to help people.

Andrew’s digital marketing experience started with one key lesson: be useful and helpful to the audience you are trying to serve. He’s within both large and small organizations pursuing, and achieving, growth goals.

A typical day at Do Tank for Andrew starts and ends with a bike ride. Much of his time outside of work is also spent biking and figuring out more fun places to bike. He lives in Albany Park in Chicago.

Dave Findon

Digital Designer

Dave is a Digital Designer who works primarily with the new Business Development Academy (BDA)—designing and building our platform for course delivery and assisting in the creation of the courses themselves.

Dave is passionate about all things technology and is fighting his way to the forefront of web and mobile app development. He’s our resident WordPress and LearnDash guru, and he has deep experience with JavaScript, Python and Java. If you have a tech problem, Dave’s your guy.

Dave holds a masters degree in Computing and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Geoscience from Cardiff University.

David Gee

Digital Designer

David is a multi-disciplined visual designer & developer, with extensive experience in Content Management Systems.

David is passionate about combining visually rich designs within functional customer-centric UI.

David brings over 20 years experience working in both the public and private sectors delivering creative solutions while ensuring the maximum accessibility, customer experience and usability.

Maxim Dascalasu

Digital Designer

Maxim is a digital designer at Do Tank, experienced in web development, graphic design, and planning projects in the UK and abroad.

In recent years, he has specialized in the field of software development and frequently involved to produce UI/UX analysis reports on various websites and applications. He has provided project architecture and design patterns reports and object-oriented analysis and design on many creative projects.

He is proficient in the use of all planning and coding software including MS Project, Primavera P6, ASTA Powerproject, Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ, NetBeans, Java Database Connectivity.

His project experience includes planning, coding, testing software projects, developing CI/CD pipelines using Azure platform technologies, developing databases in various contexts, designing mock-ups and prototypes, configuring and administering servers on VMware, writing scripts for automatisation of system components, developing websites in a business environment.

Maxim received his Bachelor of Science in Software Development for Business from the Glasgow Caledonian University at Glasgow.

Paweł Karpiński

Digital Designer

Paweł Karpiński is a web developer at Do Tank. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in web and mobile development from The University of The West of Scotland.

Paweł is a big enthusiast of modern web technologies and aesthetic design. He aspires to create unique and truly immersive web experiences by combining different technologies, techniques and styles.

Our Company

We are looking to disrupt the world of consulting

Do Tank is a diverse collection of entrepreneurs, business designers, seasoned consultants, visual artists, and researchers. We approach clients’ challenges using design thinking, visual skills, and simple yet powerful tools for structuring and capturing important conversations. Our work leverages both digital (think animations and video) and analog tools (mainly markers and sticky notes!) to drive business rigor, promote experimentation, build consensus, and move teams to action—in pursuit of amazing results their organizations can be proud of.

This approach has led us to success with clients in industries as varied as healthcare, consumer packaged goods, financial services, and IT. Because our methods are applicable in so many contexts, we are industry-agnostic. We enjoy building trusted relationships with clients and exceeding their expectations, no matter what industry they’re in.

We were founded in 2014 and rebranded as Do Tank in late 2016. While our team members hail from many places, our hubs of activity are Chicago, USA and Glasgow, UK.

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