March 2, 2023

Meet the Ad Advance Prosper Team

We’ll be at Prosper Show Mar 13-15! Will you?

We are looking forward to another great Prosper Show connecting with other folks in the space. Be sure to swing by our booth – #1017.

Get to know the members of our team who are headed to Las Vegas:

Joe Shelerud, CEO & Co-founder

Trained as an engineer, Joe is a logical, strategic leader who puts his team first. He’s steered Ad Advance through rapid growth while fostering a collaborative and community-focused culture. Be sure to sign up for the Prosper Ad Lab on Monday, March 13 to hear more from Joe!

Fun Facts: Joe has traveled to all 50 states with his wife and three young kids. He enjoys music, playing guitar and the drum set. As a proper Minnesota hockey dad, he is a certified Zamboni driver.

Connect with Joe on LinkedIn

Matt Wiklund, COO & Co-founder

One of Matt’s greatest strengths is finding ways to automatize processes. He is the wizard behind the creation of our software applications and leads our highly talented Development Team.

Fun Facts: Matt is a car enthusiast and devoted angler (though his wife is the one in the MN Fishing Hall of Fame!). He one time played harmonica on stage in Vegas in front of a few hundred people.

Connect with Matt on LinkedIn

Jeremy Bugbee, Director of Business Development

Jeremy is a people person who genuinely wants to learn if and how Ad Advance can help. He was one of Ad Advance’s first employees and spent several years as an account manager. He now spends his days meeting and getting to know people from around the world.

Fun Facts: In the summer, Jeremy loves to mountain bike with his teenage son and camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He is a “fixer” and enjoys the challenge of auto mechanic work.

Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn

Nick Cosgriff, Director of Business Development

Starting as an account manager, Nick is an expert in building relationships. He’s constantly looking for ways to build meaningful connections. Looking to partner with us? He’s your guy!

Fun Facts: Contrary to popular belief, his mustache is real. Nick is passionate about food, golf, and being outdoors. Fatherhood is the most incredible journey he’s experienced.

Connect with Nick on LinkedIn

Molly Deschenes, Marketing & Brand Manager

The behind-the-scenes work ahead of Prosper Show is thanks to Molly. She is our marketing guru – managing our active social channels, fostering partnerships, and strategizing for what’s to come.

Fun facts: Molly is an avid hiker, having hiked the southernmost trek in the world in Puerto Williams, Chile. Closer to home, she enjoys trail running on the Superior Hiking Trail and is currently learning to play the piano.

Connect with Molly on LinkedIn

Melissa Barnstorf, Account Manager

With well over a decade of ecommerce experience, Melissa is a rockstar account manager who goes above and beyond. Data-diving is her expertise. She is the queen of AMC reporting!

Fun Facts: Melissa is a Swiftie (IYKYK) and is mom to two adorable little girls. She’s a great cook who enjoys skiing during Duluth’s snowy winters.

Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn

Sean Morgan, Account Manager

After managing PPC campaigns for a number of years on Google and Facebook, Sean joined Ad Advance to focus on the Amazon platform. He is a talented problem-solver whose attention to detail is hard to beat.

Fun Facts: Originally from Belfast, Ireland, Sean is the head coach of a semi-pro soccer team, Duluth FC. He enjoys traveling the US and beyond with his wife and son, Shea.

Connect with Sean on LinkedIn

Sarah Boynton, Account Manager

Coming from a finance background, Sarah is deeply skilled at digging into the numbers. She’s a perfectionist who leaves no stone unturned when diagnosing problems in accounts or exploring new strategies.

Fun Facts: Sarah enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and two cute pups. She likes to shred the snowy slopes in the winter and warm up in the kitchen with a new culinary creation.

Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn

Maarja Hewitt, Communications & Account Manager

Maarja is an account manager who brings creative solutions to her clients while also assisting the marketing team with content writing and video creation. She’s a go-getter who is always willing to jump into a new strategy or experience.

Fun Facts: Maarja is anxiously waiting for the next Spice Girls reunion. Until then you can find her enjoying quality time with her two little boys, husband, and two cats. She is the proud office cat lady and is an Emmy Award-winning journalist.

Connect with Maarja on LinkedIn