Sandstorm Acquires Jacobs Agency


Sandstorm and Jacobs Agency announced they are joining forces to combine the creative reputation of the Jacobs Agency with the data-driven digital and user experience expertise of Sandstorm creating Chicago’s leading technology-fueled, creative agency.

The two awarding-winning companies come together as Sandstorm with operations based in Chicago and satellite offices in CharlotteDallasDenver, and Seattle. The client list of the new Sandstorm includes organizations like Chicago Skyway, Crown Holdings, Heartland Financial, the National Association of REALTORS®, NOW Foods, Peoples Gas and Treehouse Foods.

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“We partnered with Jacobs Agency a number of times over the years and along the way I got to know Tom,” said Sandy Marsico, founder of Sandstorm. “Our shared culture of curiosity and ‘no egos,’ combined with our synergies, will provide our clients with more resources and greater depth – connecting creative and technology.”

Sandy Marsico will remain as Sandstorm’s CEO and Tom Jacobs, founder of Jacobs Agency will become President of the combined agency. Andrea Wood continues as Managing Director. Creative will be led by Janna Fiester, Strategy by Susan Saltwell and Business Development by Amanda Heberg.

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“After more than two decades as an independently owned agency, I couldn’t be happier to merge with another independently owned firm that shares my belief in strategically-inspired creative with a scrappy, nimble customer-centered approach,” said Tom Jacobs. “Our combined team and capability position Sandstorm to build stronger brand value for our clients in a time when the first brand exposure customers have is often a digital experience.”