Gritty in pink.
Martha's a combination of tough-as-nails determination and high-style. You can imagine her climbing a mountain in six-inch stilettos. Why's she climbing? The view's better from the top—and Martha's always looking for ways to see differently, and share her vision with everyone around her.
After graduating from Washburn University, Martha spent several years in retail management before joining a major midwestern marketing firm, which helped launch her career as one of the premier marketing professionals in her field. She was responsible for guiding marketing strategy and planning for many of the firm's major clients.
In 1997, she joined Heartland Health as Marketing Director where she built the fledgling insurance company's marketing department from the ground up. She developed marketing plans, supervised two advertising agencies, and directed communications and PR.
In 1998, MB Piland Advertising & Marketing was born. Martha started the company with a unique new philosophy—Expert Sourcing. Her goal: provide small and medium sized clients with "big agency" strategic planning and creative experience by drawing on a vast pool of independent talent to assemble customized teams for each client.
Her unconventional, holistic strategic planning ability means creative thinking is applied to client problems. Unique and powerful results follow.
Her experience working both with clients and as a client brings added value to the brands she serves.
Martha is a graduate of Leadership Topeka, Leadership Kansas and Leadership America. She was chosen as IABC's EXCEL honoree in 2008 and the 2010 Woman of Excellence by the Career Chapter of American Business Women's Association. She is also a highly-sought speaker, conducting seminars and motivational talks as nearby as Topeka—and also throughout the US and Canada.
Under her leadership, the firm has won numerous awards, including Topeka Chamber Small Business of the Year, State of Kansas Woman-Owned Service Business of the Year, and hundreds of local, regional and national awards for its creative work.
Where will she go next? Grab some Louboutins and come along.