We are a quirky but talented family who are just as passionate about growing your business as you are. We work as a closely-knit team, and you will have the opportunity to get to know and work with every single one of us. Conversely, our entire team will get to know you, your brand, and your projects.
OUR FEARLESS LEADER
Founder & CEO
In 2016, as a single mom without a college degree, Aaron (spelled like a boy) founded Lillian James Creative in her garage. She leaned on her marketing and sales experience, tapped into her personal and professional networks, and utilized her intuition and ambition to overcome obstacles, conquer challenges, and achieve company goals.
Aaron has grown her company out of her garage and through 4 office spaces (so far). With more than 14,000 LinkedIn connections, Aaron excels at understanding and strategically leveraging online platforms to build her network, expand her influence, and grow her company.
Aaron produces her own podcast (The Cocktail Hour Podcast), is a published writer, and has been a speaker at Leadership Lyceum, Global Entrepreneurship Week, the University of Kansas, Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, CultureCon, and Central Exchange, among others. She sits on the Marketing Council for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri and is a graduate of the business program, Scale Up! Kansas City.
Our fearless leader is known for singing around the office and putting ketchup on everything, but she is also unapologetically transparent and loves sharing her journey with others in hopes to inspire and motivate.
THE PEOPLE THAT DO ALL THE WORK
John is our video whiz. He creates films and videos that help clients with branding their business. He’s a laid back dude that loves pushing his own boundaries in order to create films that show people and their companies in a new or unexpected way. He has a KU Journalism degree, a dog, and a wife, and is our in-house Webelo Scout if we ever need to build a fire to keep warm. John’s a great listener and one of the kindest people we’ve ever met; he’s an expert at making clients feel comfortable on screen and a master at editing footage. You’ll find him behind the camera, in the studio, or doing “car stuff” on his ‘91 Mazda Miata. Did we mention that he has 20+ years of photography and videography experience? Yeah, there’s that, too.
Katie has been with LJC since the beginning of time. She loves meeting business owners, learning about their companies, and understanding their growth goals to determine if we would be a good fit to help them scale. Katie enjoys making connections and building relationships; she’s super friendly and she takes her networking opportunities seriously. The only thing that would distract her from a good conversation would be if the Olsen twins walked through the door. She has a Journalism degree from KU, a Master’s from Mizzou, and she’s all about the entrepreneurial vibe of the city. In her free time, you can catch her on a plane with her husband, “reading” an audiobook, or winning a stuffed animal from a claw machine.
Do you have a website? Of course you do. Well, we’ve got a guy for that. Sander is THE guy for anything and everything web-related (well, not the spider kind- he doesn’t deal with bugs, but if you have a website bug, that’s a different story). Sander specializes in solving complex web issues and is motivated by a challenge; if he doesn’t know the answer, he’ll research all night (watch YouTube videos) until he finds a solution. Although Sander studied computer science, he has 25 years of social media, marketing, web, video and photo experience; you could call him a jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not huddled over the keyboard, you can find him behind the lens, with his daughter, or playing the piano and breaking out into a do re mi.
Social Media Director
Your social channels are in good hands with our social guru, Alicia, and she’s got the credentials to back it up. She has two degrees in Journalism and Design and is Google Analytics Certified. She has 4 years of experience in marketing, social media, and design, and 6 years of experience as a photographer. She brings her attention to detail and unmatched creativity to make your social platforms stand out in the crowd, and working with paid ads is her “thing.” She takes social seriously; she is dedicated, patient, and focused, and can only be distracted by a picture or video of a Corgi. She’s an ISTJ-A that appreciates creative freedom and learning new things, but is a sucker for a spreadsheet or established guideline.
Social Media Content Developer
Brianne left the rolling green hills, cascading pure waters, and statuesque stone structures of Scotland for a view of the shiny car dealerships and fluctuating traffic on Shawnee Mission Parkway! Throughout her journey, she has acquired 3+ years of global marketing experience, degrees in Business Administration and Marketing, and a Master’s degree in Dance. She is obsessed with Scotland (like 2-tattoos-obsessed), has experience tap dancing for a Scottish band in old pubs, and is a skilled climber, just like the Scottish Pine Marten. At LJC, she focuses on taming her English/Scottish accent that slips out on occasion, and crafting social media content that would make the Scottish grey seals flap their flippers in approval.
Rebecca spent almost 9 years working at a branding company on the east coast and we’re still trying to figure out why she moved here from Virginia Beach (she claims she loves the city’s atmosphere and street art). She’s the cool one in the office that keeps us on our toes with her changing hair color and witty jokes, and she can always be counted on for a creative, yet analytical approach to client projects. With a computer arts degree and a natural eye for design, Rebecca has mastered the art of pulling together disconnected pieces to create cohesive creative projects for our clients. She draws inspiration from music and the ocean and enjoys doodling, creative writing, and putting together Ikea furniture.
Brittni is always one step ahead of all of us, which is ideal for her role as PM. She keeps all of our projects on track, ensures that nothing slips through the cracks, and keeps an eye on our schedules so that we meet our deadlines as promised. As a bonus, she is Google Certified, so she knows the ins and outs of paid ads. Brittni loves learning and she’s a quick study; she’s always been motivated by being better and doing more than people expect of her which shows in her unparalleled work ethic. She is full of random trivia knowledge and is your go-to person if you want something done at a super fast lightning speed. You can expect loyalty and honesty from Brittni and you can always find her at her desk, wrapped in a blanket, chewing on ice.
Call him a master of the lens, a virtuoso of film… or just call him Sam. The only “expected” things about Sam are his film production degree and his 5+ years of video experience. He prefers to do things in an unconventional way and he’s passionate about creating work that’s unprecedented, unparalleled, and uncommon. He is a rare balance of preparedness and meticulousness, yet you might find him hanging upside-down in a tree to get the best shot. He’s quick on his feet during production and he’s a former collegiate runner, so if you don’t like one of his video concepts (said no one ever), don’t even think about running. Did we mention that he’s a classically trained singer and an avid outdoorsman? We know, just let it all sink in.
Jordan brings persistence and passion to her role in new business development at LJC. The combination of her degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship, and her natural ability to connect with others on a personal level, allow her to figure out how we can help more companies grow. Inspired by all of the badass and unapologetic women in her life, Jordan stays true to herself and lives her life to the fullest (one time she lived in Spain). She is a proud Kansas Citian and is a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, which makes three of us at this office! Jordan can always be found eating chocolate and she likes traveling, touring haunted houses, and quoting “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Director of Account Management
Bryce focuses on building relationships and creating partnerships with our clients. His 9 years of sales experience has given him a unique perspective which lets him understand our clients’ needs on a deeper level. He genuinely wants to make the world a better place, one interaction at a time, and his authenticity and humor allow him to easily connect with our clients. He appreciates a clean desk, never misses the opportunity for a good joke, and supports our community. He serves as the Director of Communications for the Ambassadors Program with the Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber, sits on the Board of Directors for Fountain City Performing Arts, and is an Ambassador for the Leawood Chamber, Fundraising Team Captain and Steering Committee Member for AIDS Walk KC, and a member of Top Gun.
Alyssa is our in-house wordsmith. On career day in grade school, she said she wanted to be a writer, and the rest is history. She has 9 years of experience teaching English, was a freelance writer for 7 years, and has a Master’s degree in Romance Languages & Literatures. She’s an early bird that can be found writing anything from a blog to a book in the wee hours of the mañana (did we mention she’s bilingual?), and she doesn’t go anywhere without a notebook and some snacks. She loves her family, the oxford comma, traveling, and giving back. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Bacchus Foundation, Editor of the Inside Scoop for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, and Party Arty Co-Chair for the Nelson-Atkins Museum.