We are a strategic and creative consultancy.
We partner with companies and nonprofit organizations to help them lead in a changing world with powerful brands, strong cultures and memorable customer experiences. With an intense focus on value creation, our rigorous thinking and boundless ingenuity lead to innovative breakthroughs that transform brands, inspire customers and reframe norms of thinking and acting that allow organizations to own their future.
We’re designers and storytellers.
We are a group of multi-talented people with backgrounds in music, art, design, business, statistics, architecture, philosophy, innovation, and literature. We’re thinkers & doers. We’re designers and storytellers. We’re corporate therapists and business strategists. We are marked by an insatiable curiosity and an uncanny ability to uncover hidden insights that allow us to see and create new potential for organizations and their brands.
We’re in it for the long-run.
We know that building a new future for companies takes time: that’s why our people are passionate, humble, collaborative, rigorous, inventive, tenacious and honest.
We are driven by facts, evidence and insights. We thrive in careful planning. We always strive for the highest levels of performance within us and for others.
We put ourselves in your position and apply our ingenuity to solve problems with solutions that are fresh yet grounded in execution and careful planning.
We are humble and tenacious in our pursuit and always focused on our helping our clients lead with confidence.
Meet our team!
Click on our OTTOmojis to learn more about us. Get to know us, our roles and our quirks.
Our home and our heart.
THE FRONT OFFICE
Ping-pong and brainstorms
We believe happy people are creative people.
THE CONFERENCE ROOM
Sausalito office with Mike and Tony.
Where the magic happens
Science and art live in harmony.
Paper and vinyl
Our library is a constant source of inspiration.
THE CONFERENCE ROOM
War room with fish
Gearing up for a brand presentation in NYC.
Entertainment / Media
Children’s Television Workshop
Design Hotels International
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc.
Pharma / Health
Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation
Center for Creative Leadership
What to Expect Foundation
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
Guidance Financial Group
Standard & Poor’s
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Liberty Science Center
Linksys / Cisco
Alan was road manager for several successful English studio bands in the early 70’s.
Alan Brew, Brand Strategist
Alan is OTTO's eminence grise. Wise in the ways of the business world, he brings the benefit of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement to the OTTO team. Alan has more than 30 years of senior executive experience with some of the world’s leading branding companies, including Landor Associates, Siegel & Gale and Enterprise IG. At OTTO, Brew oversees all brand strategy and leads key relationships with clients.
In his career, Brew has worked with such clients as Cisco, Emulex, Greenlee, Entergy and Equitable Resources. He served as managing director of Siegel & Gale in Los Angeles where he worked with Adobe, Yahoo!, Intelsat, and PG&E Corp. Previously he was worldwide president for Enterprise IG, the WPP agency, based in New York City.
Before entering brand consultancy, Brew was a journalist with the Financial Times of London. Brew’s passion for journalism remains; he is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine. He also writes speeches on behalf of some of the world’s top-level business executives.
The urbane Mr. Fabbri is at heart a naturalist with a great love of long walks in the outdoors.
Andrea Fabbri, Brand Strategist
Andrea is our resident Corporate Therapist. He helps companies identify who they need to be in the market to achieve relevance and fulfill their aspirations. Then he helps them develop and implement plans to become that identity. He has decades of experience bringing companies through the process of self-understanding, planning, and achieving their goals. His acute insight is balanced with a keen grasp of context and a global perspective, helping clients ensure that their plans and actions are realistic, pertinent and effective. Andrea is a passionate advocate of the meaningful change that can come from successfully managing your brand.
Born in Rome and educated at La Sapienza University, Andrea came to the United States at 26 as an intern. He earned his MBA from Johns Hopkins and has worked for Intelsat, EcoAlign, Unison Agency and Branding Business.
Andrea's also an accomplished musician, having co-produced chart-topping world music as well as performing alongside legendary musicians such as Mahmoud Ahmed. His band has opened for Stephen Marley, Steel Pulse, Culture, Israel Vibration, SOJA, and many others.
David likes jazz, BBQ and the smell of used record stores.
David Kohler, Founder
His consummate skills, warm personality and decades of experience bring an enormous amount of reassurance and inspiration to clients encountering disruption and change. He understands how brands work on multiple levels – from identity development and systems to websites, physical environments, video promotions and television and print advertising.
As the head of our creative team in our New York office, David has the gifted skill to make sure we clearly understand client needs and ensure that their problems are solved with great success.
David has written, directed and produced communications programs for clients such as such as BASF, Duracell, GE, HP, International Paper, Nike, Time-Warner, Universal Studios and Viacom.
His work has earned him many awards from organizations such as AIGA, American Corporate Identity, American Graphic Design, Black Book, Communication Arts Interactive, Potlatch, Sappi, Step Interactive, Type Directors Club, New York Art Directors Club, Peabody and ADDY.
His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and resides in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
Tony eats like a caveman and once constructed an entire barbecue pit out of used clam shells.
Tony Brinton, Senior Design Strategist
Tony's been doing this for over 25 years. He works at the intersection of business, design, and technology to improve people’s quality of living, generate new value for organizations, and deliver measurable results for clients. He's passionate about art, architecture & amp;design, branding, advertising, teaching, storytelling and humanizing technology.
After holding design leadership positions at several firms in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, and teaching design thinking and disruptive innovation as an adjunct professor at Parsons' The New School for Design, Tony joined OTTO in 2016 to lead the digital practice. A big part of his role at OTTO is getting clients to see the extraordinary potential in executing a well-crafted digital communications plan. The way we reach people is changing at a phenomenal rate, and Tony is on top of it.
Tony is a classically trained painter in the tradition of the masters, having earned a BA in Fine Art from San Francisco State University in 1995. His paintings have been exhibited in juried shows in San Francisco, CA and Aspen, CO.
Winston enjoys vintage Brooks Brothers suits and the baritone saxophone.
Winston Rice, Content Strategist
Winston was born and raised in San Francisco. He moved East to attend Vassar College where he graduated with a BFA in painting and a BA in philosophy. Subsequently he moved to New York City where he has worked in the communications industry for over 30 years. He currently resides upstate, amidst the peaceful din of birds, bugs and chainsaws.
Winston has been part of the OTTO bloodstream since long before there was an OTTO, beginning his professional experience with David Kohler at Addison Design some 30 years or so ago. He has the ability to comprehend complex information and boil it down to clear language that anyone can understand.
He has worked with some of the brightest minds in business, helping a long list of clients with concerns of many kinds and sizes, from global rebranding to finding the right words for a birthday card.
His hobbies include exploring the limits of creativity in a variety of media, both verbally and non-verbally (poems/art/music).
Lindsey is half butterfly and half motorcycle princess.
Lindsey Blake Fortarel, Design Director
Many Art Directors are driven by aesthetic. The good ones recognize that successful design isn't about following trends, it's about creating them. And great Art Directors know that if they do right by the client and help them make their brand as strong as it can be, that builds an unassailable legacy of success. Lindsey is that kind of Art Director. She understands that design is about helping clients solve their business challenges and achieve their goals. Naturally, she also makes sure that the work OTTO does is at the highest level strategically and aesthetically.
Lindsey is a pillar of the OTTO Brand Lab. She has been instrumental in helping OTTO become what it is today. Joining us fresh out of school (Philadelphia University) over the years she has helped a paper company rebrand for the digital age, rebranded a credit union to accentuate the power of community banking, and marketed one of the largest skyscrapers in New York City, in addition to countless other projects to which she brings both intelligence and extraordinary design skills.
Hope once successfully hypnotized a squirrel.
Hope Kohler-Pinto, Project Manager
Hope is OTTO’s air-traffic control. She keeps projects moving, on time and on budget. Her extraordinary patience serves her well in dealing with the daily interruptions and urgencies that prevail in today's workplace. At the same time, she helps with a wide variety of client needs, and often serves as the primary client-contact person to ensure a focused and clear channel of communication.
After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and working in the cosmetics industry, Hope moved to Hawaii and traveled abroad practicing yoga. Returning to New York in 2007, the calming techniques and mental discipline she practiced in her travels serve her well in managing projects and the office.
Mike loves hockey, records & robots, burgers, black metal & bowling, but most of all being a dad.
Mike Mehiel, Lead Developer
Mike is OTTO’s resident developer. When it comes to making it work in the digital realm, Mike is your go-to guy. His ability to simplify complex and technical situations for people of any background makes him extremely valuable. Mike is a constant learner and stays on top of the latest trends like it’s his job (and it is). He’s also got a wicked sense of humor that sneaks up on even the most perceptive listener.
Mike graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. For over a decade he has lent his talents and willingness to learn to a variety of brands and agencies in San Francisco. Mike has provided videography, photography, design, social media leadership, and even site merchandising, just to name a few. Mike starts every morning making lattes at his espresso machine. The drinks are delicious, and the latte art is awful. He also runs a modest clothing company called Destroy Cancer that donates all proceeds to teen cancer charities.
Saleena has a black belt in Karate and has performed stand-up at a comedy club in New York.
Saleena Aggarwal, Art Director
Saleena brings a world of experience to her design work at OTTO. She has a singular focus in providing the client with extraordinary solutions to difficult challenges. The results are work that helps our clients differentiate, leaving the competition behind.
Exceptionally gifted, she arrived at a career in design somewhat indirectly. Born and raised in India, she attended the Symbiosis Center for Media Studies, majoring in Advertising. She worked as a Social Media Strategist and Content Developer in India for a while, before deciding to pursue Design further in New York City.
Saleena's analytic skills and commensurate ability to organize information help our clients and the OTTO team come to a clear understanding of successful avenues of approach to difficult problems. She thinks it through and makes sure it looks great.
She has a fascination with ancient civilizations, a wide variety of esoteric topics, and anything that helps shed light on the different facets of humanity. Only by understanding why we do what we do can we know what will work best.
Konstantina likes tacos and building ornate models out of light.
Konstantina Gavalas, Designer
The Oracle of OTTO, Konstantina is wise beyond her years. Hailing from the birthplace of modern civilization, Greece, and moving to New York she is adept at translation. What that means for clients is that Konstantina translates their business needs into compelling and effective design solutions. She can also make those design decisions easily understood by anyone who does not have a background in design. She does amazing work and can articulate why it works. This enables clients to make more informed and better decisions.
Konstantina moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been working in the city as a graphic designer ever since. She has worked with Pentagram and Otto doing such things as maintaining and growing The Wing brand in NYC, redesigning the website for Hammermill paper and creating the brand language and logo for Core Indoor Cycling.
Her hobbies include traveling around the world, gathering cultural and historical inspiration through art, design and, of course, food and wine.Linkedin
Andrew Simons, Design Consultant
Andrew Simons is an environmental design specialist. By combining his experience in graphic design with his knowledge of architecture, he has helped clients successfully realize clear, compelling, and effective environments for their customers and/or users. He has done this exceptionally well for over 30 years. Andrew is an expert story teller with a keen interest in content development and visual + artifact research.
Andrew has a Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked for several of the country’s most prominent firms. His projects represent a strong focus and understanding of park and waterfront wayfinding systems and historical/ecological interpretive signage. Some examples are: Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Temple University, City Harvest, Hudson River Park, Jovia Financial Credit Union, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Saint Vincent College, Hoboken Southwest Park, South Orange Performing Arts Center, Duquesne University, Brooklyn Bridge Pedestrian Walkway, Opera America and el Museo del Barrio.
Andrew is also the founding member, former chairman and current treasurer of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, an urban environmental and planning organization.
Megan enjoys painting, paleontology and gardening, though rarely at the same time.
Megan Jacobs, Digital Manager
Megan is a central part of Otto's digital team, working on everything from social media strategy to creating content, managing digital advertising, and tracking digital campaign effectiveness. She can help you come up with a plan, execute it and then tell you what is working well and what needs to be improved. This helps clients realize a more effective ad-spend, ensuring that their messages are reaching the intended audience effectively and motivating that audience to act.
Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus on business, Megan worked in the marketing departments of a few start-up tech companies before coming to Otto. In true Otto style, she is adept at wearing many hats and jumping in to take care of what is needed. This flexibility combined with her methodical approach make her especially well-suited to the rapidly-changing digital environment.
Megan creates and donates artwork for art auctions that benefit nonprofits in her community.Linkedin
Michael and David go way back and he has been a part of the OTTO family since day 1.
Michael Braley, Design Consultant
Michael Braley, Creative Director of Braley Design has 25+ years of experience in brand, print, book package and poster design. His work has been recognized internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, The Denver Art Museum and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany.
Clients have included Aéropostale, Alliance for American Manufacturing, AIGA, Civic Engagement Fund, Effen Vodka, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Future Partners, Genentech, Pando Populus, The People’s Music School, and Skadden.
His work has appeared in publications and exhibitions including: British Design and Art Direction, The Clio Awards, Cannes Design Lions, International Biennale of Graphic Design: Moscow, Graphis, Ecuador Poster Bienal, Bolivia Poster Bienal, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, London International Awards, The Art Directors Club of New York, The One Show, The AR100 Show, AIGA, the Society of Typographic Arts, HOW and Print magazine.
Prior to relocating to Lexington, Braley worked in San Francisco and New York. Braley also lectures and leads design workshops at universities and professional organizations around the nation.Linkedin
While in college. Sara won the Showcase Showdown on The Price is Right.
Sara Pandolfi, Social Impactor
Sara is one of those highly effective people you've heard about. She gets it done. More to the point, as a specialist in social impact her work makes a meaningful difference in people's lives. Her focus has been on corporate and community partnerships, nonprofit development, crisis relief management, marketing, and strategic planning. At OTTO Sara has a central role in cultivating strategic partnerships, motivating the team, and developing socially responsible relationships.
Sara has successfully applied her considerable skills to a wide variety of clients in the corporate, non-profit, and creative fields. She takes on the challenges presented to organizations by understanding their strengths and limitations, and works directly with the client to formulate a plan to achieve their objectives, identify opportunities for growth and improvement, and maintain the integrity of the mission.
While highly educated (a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Master's of Science from NYU) Sara has not shied away from putting theory into practice, taking all that she has learned and putting it to good use improving the lives of others in real and lasting ways.
Sara has earned a first-degree black belt and is a passionate patron of the culinary arts (though the two aren't related if she gets a good table).
Sabrina watched the Great British Baking Show eight times all the way through.
Sabrina Prabhu, Graphic Designer
Sabrina is one of OTTO's visual wizards. She has an exceptional ability to transform complex informational challenges into clear and compelling communications. Of course she does so guided by a refined aesthetic sensibility that ensures our clients benefit from strong and memorable work. She is also OTTO's resident type-nerd. You might say she's just our type.
Having graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, Sabrina worked in the creative industry for a number of years before finding a home at OTTO. Her training as a classical pianist helped cultivate creative discipline and a strong work ethic which serve her well in her professional career.
An ardent fan of classic cinema, world music, puns, and meandering walks, Sabrina has also studied synesthesia extensively. As a result, while we're not entirely sure what she has seen, we are certain it is interesting.
Natalia's waiting to hear back from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters regarding her design and drumming challenge.
Natalia Corletto, Graphic Designer
As a designer at OTTO Natalia brings a keen visual sense and a clear mind to helping solve client challenges. In addition to some serious design chops, she brings energy and optimism to the process of clarifying goals and achieving them.
A lot of energy and A LOT of optimism. : )
Born in the Dominican Republic, Natalia moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. While studying graphic design she worked in retail which provided an excellent venue for developing the patience and attention to detail that are vital to helping clients solve complex communications challenges.
Natalia is a bit of a night owl. Since moving to New York she has seen over 100 bands/artists perform at live shows and has set herself the goal of seeing 300 by age 30. Despite the late nights of loud music, or perhaps because of them, she is an excellent and attentive listener.