Founder & Head Creative Coach

About Nicole Ross

Nicole is a business school grad with a creative bent. She’s uber-organized Type-A meets go-with-the-flow Type-B. She’s a corporate marketer with a heart for small business and philanthropy. She’s right and left brain. She’s a fly fishing, novel writing, horseback riding, ex-kickboxer who has no earthly idea when football season starts. She appreciates the irony.

She spent a decade in the fast-paced world of SaaS marketing at ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce in 2013). After wearing so many creative hats like copywriting, event management, graphic design, sales support, employment branding, college recruiting, agency and freelancer management, printing and promotional products, and communications, she knew she’d never be able to settle on a single focus area. Then, she realized she didn’t have to, and Creative Quarterback was born. 

Nicole works virtually (like her entire team) and splits her time between Bozeman, Montana and Indianapolis, Indiana.

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  • Nicole

    Founder // Head Creative Coach

    Founder, Head Creative Coach, and "QB1" @ Creative Quarterback, multi-hat marketer, aspiring novelist, recovering kickboxer, animal lover, cowgirl yogini, and chronic hobbyist.

  • Abby

    Quarterback & Team Captain

    This ExactTarget alum and “Type-A” mom can be found sipping red wine with her hubby, watching cattle graze on her family farm, and eating homemade apple pie (and running it off later).

  • Andrea

    Graphic Designer

    Designer at CQB. Abstract artist, golf wife, spinning/yoga fanatic, dog lover, and seaside resident of Bluffton, SC. Proud owner/designer of product line 7th & Palm.

  • Elyse

    Graphic Designer

    Graphic and branding guru for Creative Quarterback. Wife, traveler, Dachshund mom, freelancer, lifelong Hoosier, and proud Ball State Cardinal.

  • Erin


    Mom to Reid (the toddler) and Kip (the cat). Book hoarder, iced coffee lover, and binge TV series watcher. Her heart is the happiest when spending time with those whom she loves.

  • Gabrielle


    Artist and graphic illustrator for CQB. Serial entrepreneur. Doodler. Pen junkie. Gardener wannabe. And most importantly, mom of two.

  • Jade


    QB2 and passionate world traveler. Often found sipping tea while munching on Chipotle, dancing spontaneously (not necessarily well), and delving into deep convos with friends.

  • John


    With 30+ years experience as a commercial photographer, John remains as passionate about his craft as ever. Whether in the studio or the outdoors, he has shot it all and likes to say that he’s been everywhere for five minutes.

  • Katrina


    Word girl, mom of four teenagers, blogger and essayist, book junkie, Pilates enthusiast, drinker of Cabernet. Debut novel, Parting Gifts, coming to your favorite bookstore in 2016.

  • Kimberly


    "QB2" and recovering global political econ student and freelance writer. Dancing enthusiast, die-hard bookworm, and insatiable globetrotter.

  • Kristeen

    SEO Consultant

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) guru for CQB. Lover of tea, all things purple, and photographing babies. Overachiever and incapable of sitting still.

  • Lindsey

    Web Designer & Developer

    Connoisseur of all things web and tech. Specializes in custom Wordpress design and development. Loves traveling the world, songwriting, reading non-fiction, yoga, hiking, and deep intellectual conversations.

  • Lori


    Writer and word nerd in my bones. Pescatarian. Cat owner and football fanatic (go Colts!). Former marathon runner, current Jeep Wrangler owner and pirate in a former life.

  • Neil

    Graphic Designer

    Graphic Designer for CQB. Equally at home crafting a web design or creating branding and print materials. Indianapolis native, part-time musician, dog fanatic, cycling devotee, and coffee enthusiast.

  • Paul


    Commercial photographer specializing in fine art, portraits, brand photography. Motorcycle rider, hiker, table-top gamer, and family man.

  • Penny

    CQB Mascot

    Official Mascot and #QBeagle @ CQB, dogged (pun intended) bunny hunter, marathon napper, hoodie model, and die-hard foodie. Will work for Milk Bones.

  • Remy

    CQB Mascot

    Official Mascot & Creative Quarterhorse @ CQB. Cow chaser and sunshine snoozer. Loves playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and bragging about his cameo with Twilight's Kristen Stewart in "Certain Women."

  • Renée

    General Manager

    From budgeting to business strategy, Renée helps CQB's back office run smoothly. With more than a decade of tech experience at Intel and Apple, plus professional editing expertise, she always brings left-brain and right-brain skills to the table.

  • Stefanie


    Writer @ CQB. Often seen wrangling toddlers, belting out Disney songs, guzzling iced tea, watching New Girl, and defending the Oxford comma.

  • Theresa

    Graphic Designer

    Passionate about branding, layout, fonts (Want to talk about kerning?), and paper. Enjoys cooking for a crowd, cheering for Purdue, playing tennis, and being a “Cool Mom” to her cool kiddo.

  • Tom


    Tom is a blessed husband and father of three who enjoys deep convos about religion, politics, and exceptional cinematic storytelling. He uses visual mediums to move audiences.


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