18 years, 11 industries, 5 continents
BRANDKIND is a strategic marketing company that serves enterprises, growth businesses and late stage start-ups. We prepare you for brand restages, strategy changes, M&A targets, and new launches. BRANDKIND is a proudly woman-owned, minority business based in Oakland, CA.
Our team is a deeply experienced, fun group of marketing strategy experts who enjoy counselling senior management teams, brand marketers and entrepreneurs. As a boutique agency, BRANDKIND fits our team of strategists, creatives and client services to work with yours. This way to work gets us access to the best talent out there for your specific job.
MEET OUR LEADER
Shantini Munthree is BRANDKIND's founder and managing partner. Shantini Munthree is a brand strategist who specializes in brand strategy, revitalizing brands or taking brands to scale.
Prior to starting BRANDKIND in 2015, Shantini oversaw the global brand for Vanguard, where she established cohesive global positioning and marketing operations. Shantini began her career in consumer packaged goods at P&G, MillerCoors (now Anheuser Busch) and Sara Lee Corporation where she led product innovation and brand marketing.
Originally from South Africa, Shantini holds an MBA from Wits Business School. Shantini serves on the board of the Grand Canyon Conservancy and is an Executive-in-Residence at WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
What motivates us? Big Picture.
Our founder took a pledge at the UN headquarters in New York City a few years back. She joined 250 media and marketing leaders invited to help drive the world's boldest goals. She accepted the challenge to help our clients see and appreciate their connection to purpose. So far, we have helped hundreds of people, businesses and organizations to communicate their financial and social impact.
What are these goals that unite us?
A few years back, countries across the world adopted the 2015 Agenda for Social Development. This is a big, audacious plan—much bigger than just climate change. These countries agreed to seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that cover the gamut of potential harm we do as humans on ourselves and the planet we live on.
Businesses, big and small, continue to commit to track their progress against the SDGs. Holding themselves accountable to humankind, these businesses advance themselves and also build a better future for their buyer base. This is what socially conscious brands do.
MEET THE MAGICIANS
If you want to go quickly go alone, if you want to go far go together.
- African proverb
Our team is based in the US but we have collaborators and partners in major cities across the globe. These are folks we've come to trust through the sweat, the grind, the magic and the sparkles we've created.
Creative Strategy and Direction
John was previously director of marketing at Volvo, where he oversaw all US marketing efforts to ensure campaigns were user focused. He also served as Head of Creative on the ZOO, Google’s internal agency. John specializing in Automotive, Digital Advertising, Creative Direction and Emerging Technologies
Social and Digital Experience
Konstantin is digital marketing expert who has been designing and developing cutting edge technology for over 22 years. Trained in software development and marketing, Konstanin has developed reputation management, funnel marketing, web-based content management and other unique models and systems. He focused on helping small and mid-sized businesses to take advantage of the everchanging digital marketing landscape.
Consumer Advertising and Social Impact Strategy
Vanessa is passionate about social entrepreneurship and loves finding ways to connect big brands with start-ups and government. She was Managing Partner at Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and previously managing director of a mid-sized advertising agency, The Bryan Slingers Group. Brands she's worked on include British American Tobacco, Volkswagen,Old Mutual, and SABMiller
Brand and Marketing Strategy
John has held several leadership roles at Miller Brewing Co/MillerCoors with expertise in portfolio strategy, brand planning, brand promotions, sports/event marketing, and field marketing. As a seasoned marketer, John leverages his distributor and alliance marketing experience as well client-side strategic partnership experience with McKinsey, BCG and Deloitte.
Brand and Marketing Strategy
Sean has spent the better part of 20 years in advertising with a simple belief: strategy exists to inspire and guide brands toward a more exciting future. He's a generalist in pursuit of work that moves toward this vision—whether it’s an ad, an app or anything in between. Sean has worked on brands such as MasterCard, Ameriprise and Coca-Cola.
Brand Design and Creative Direction
Twenty years of branding and marketing expertise honed with Fortune 500 clients such as eBay, Gap Inc. and WalMart. Adele has worked as a consultant for over 300 entrepreneurs and organizations nationwide. She specializes in visual branding and breathes new life into brands from the concept development stage to market launch.
Video and Animation
Kris is an Wharton MBA who spends his days leading award-winning video and motion graphics projects. Clients include Deloitte, BNYMellon, Brooks, Asics, Southwest, University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania.
Photography and Video
A visual storyteller and portrait seeker Brandon aims to entertain at times yet find the true subject somewhere in all of it simultaneously, be it shooting celebrities, athletes, or the guy next door. Brandon has worked with with clients such as Frito Lay, Miller Beer, Grand Canyon University, APS, Hotel Casa Del Mar, Lunesta, Wired, Shape, Bon Appetite, Inc., and Forbes.
Branding and E-commerce
As a senior executive or advisor, John has succeeded in creating differentiated customer experiences for brands to increase customer loyalty and drive sustainable growth. John combines strategy development with omni-channel retail knowledge and industry best practices to ensure practical, effective solutions that incorporate the organization, processes and enhanced technology. John has worked on Lowe’s, Urban Outfitters, Williams-Sonoma
Banana Republic, Smith & Hawken, Patagonia, and Nike