Why Pick Black Twig?

At Our Core

We are a full-service agency integrating the disciplines of public relations, creative services and brand strategy to deliver tangible, bottom line results across a broad spectrum of businesses, industries and practice areas.

Since 2006, the agency has been serving a diverse range of clients in the consumer, retail, business-to-business, non-profit, construction, healthcare,  technology, media and financial markets.

Why Pick Black Twig

Our seasoned professionals will work with you to outline specific business goals, and develop unique Marketing Solutions to BUILD AWARENESS, RAISE CONSIDERATION and DRIVE SALES.

Our Team

Managing partner Stephanie Widaman

Stephanie Widaman

Managing Partner

With a good cup of coffee in her hand, Stephanie leads the agency’s account staff along with various operations of the firm including setting agency policy and business strategy.

She loves work from home Fridays, seeing Black Twig’s clients in the news and relaxing in her backyard with her little girl and husband in Webster Groves.

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Partner Nick Benedick

Nick Benedick


Nick’s passion for B2B marketing is superseded only by his love for the local community. He thrives on striking the right emotional chords with your customers, representing your brand in the most effective way.

A native St. Louisan, Nick also enjoys demonstrating his capacity for useless knowledge. If you need an extra for Trivia Night, Nick has you covered.

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Partner Lauren Freinberg

Lauren Freinberg


Lauren is often seen as an extension to many of our clients’ marketing teams, where she works with executives and managers in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Healthcare industries to tell their stories across the ever-evolving communications platforms.

She loves exploring the City and discovering hidden gems, especially if it involves sunshine, food and a refreshing cocktail.

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Partner Business Development Thomas Gatti

Thomas Gatti

Partner, Business Development

Tom loves helping customers solve marketing and sales challenges. The bigger the challenge the more creative he gets.

When not thinking about his customers, Tom enjoys all St. Louis sports teams, Army and Navy sports, and spending time with his wife of 35 years, and Naval officer daughter and Army officer son.

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Account Director Andy Teague

Andy Teague

Account Director

When Andy is at work, you will often see him finalizing media opportunities and writing stories for a variety of clients in a vast array of industries.

Outside of office hours, he is probably watching or reading about baseball (likely the Cardinals), cheering on SLU basketball or spending time with his wife and two adorable daughters.

Creative Director Rafael Gomez

Rafael Gomez

Creative Director

Rafael’s Mission: Help solve problems with good design, strategy and creative thinking.

A lover of all things creative, Rafael enjoys playing drums, good wine, drawing, painting and has started sculpting polymer clay.

Taking walks with his wife, traveling and cuddling on the sofa make life complete.

Project Coordinator Debby Sibley

Debby Sibley

Project Coordinator

When Debby comes home from her dream vacation of sipping cocktails on the beach with her husband of 25 years, she returns to an office truly dependent on her knowledge and expertise.

Debby wears many hats at Black Twig, from project coordinator to office manager to accounting. She has been a pillar of organization and structure for Black Twig since the beginning of the company in 2006.

Social Media Specialist Jessica Briggs

Jessica Briggs

Social Media Specialist

With her eyes always locked on a social media platform, Jess is seen by many as the guru of social media.

Clients and team members alike lean on her for knowledge on industry trends, attention grabbing posts, her skills in creating an online brand and ability to paint a story through digital media.

When Jess finally looks up from her phone, her favorite way to spend the day is outside with her Aussie, Finn, or binging her favorite true crime podcast “Crime Junkies.”

Account Executive Steffy Gonzalez

Steffy Gonzalez

Account Executive

Sitting at her pink-themed desk, Steffy spends her day writing creative copy, cultivating social media content and connecting to the community on behalf of a variety of clients.

In her free time, Steffy loves making cooking videos for her YouTube channel, supporting new local restaurants and bars and spending time with her cats, dogs and fiancé.

Marketing Manager Gina Loddeke

Gina Heck

Marketing Manager

Gina’s attention to detail and organizational skills allow for our clients to feel at ease while she’s planning their events or initiating a new marketing plan.

She loves spending time with her husband and pitbull (Gordon Bombay), cooking her family’s Italian recipes and enjoying a glass of sauvignon blanc.

headshot Oliver Skip Dulle

Oliver (Skip) Dulle

President / CEO Dulle&Co International

Combining software coding, graphic design, empathy and insight, Oliver is a Jesuit-educated problem solver who wears Brooks Brothers to the office and has worked with clients around the globe.

He never forgets his roots as one of 12 kids growing up in Ferguson. He likes magic, and also loves to amaze and delight clients with unexpected solutions they never saw coming.

David Schauwecker

David Schauwecker

IT Consultant

With more than 30 years of experience working in IT behind him, Dave has moved on to working for Black Twig part-time so he can enjoy semi-retirement.

He is looking forward to building a cabin near a lake, so he can sit on his deck enjoying a glass of good bourbon or a micro-brew in the evenings, watching his grandchildren play.

Our Values

Black Twig is guided by the principles of our Core Values:

Transparency, Integrity, Responsibility, Quality, Results, Expertise, Client Success

Our Culture

At Black Twig, we are passionate about public relations and marketing as it relates to storytelling and brand building. As the market has shifted to become more digital, we have embraced and adjusted to this shift.

Our open-door policy and open office space promote creativity and collaboration with all of our staff.

Our ability to interact with clients, colleagues and media virtually continues to emphasize the importance of reliant communication.

We work hard so we can play hard, but always remain professional and believe the business of our clients (moving the needle so to speak) to be a top priority.

Like many other full-service agencies, we like to have fun, build relationships, get involved within our community and make lasting connections. Let’s connect!

Like the agency which bears its name, the Black Twig apple is a timely ripener, thrives in the most challenging conditions and never fails to deliver tasteful results.

Can We Help Your Business?

Let us know what makes your company different than your competitors, and we’ll share a list of marketing tactics that will help grow your business.


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