Denise Klarquist heads Klarquist, an independent marketing communications and branding consultancy. With a passion for brand integration and communication, grounded in design and over 20 years of deep and diverse experience as a marketing executive, designer, and operations manager, she works with socially responsible start-ups and established companies to build visibility and credibility to support business goals.
Most recently, as the marketing director for BuildSite, she developed and implemented the successful marketing launch of the company’s new online construction submittal tool, Submittal.com. For the sustainability education and consulting firm, REV, Denise led brand and marketing efforts to accelerate growth. She has also served as a collaborative partner with Contemporanea and other agencies. Prior to launching Klarquist, Denise held a number of senior positions over a 13-year period, including Vice President of Marketing, at the innovation consulting firm Cheskin Added Value. Prior to Cheskin AV, Denise was a senior designer at Ampex Corporation, responsible for national sales campaigns, corporate and investor communications, advertising, and identity management.
Denise has served on the Board of Directors of the NorCal Business Marketing Association and was an active member of the San Francisco AIGA. She has presented on marketing and brand for various organizations including CCA and the AIGA, and has authored/co-authored numerous articles and blogs. Denise received her undergraduate degree from CSU, Fullerton and a Certificat d’Etudes from the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France.
Denise believes in following one’s heart, challenging one’s fears, and learning with a beginner’s mind. This keeps her on her toes — literally, dancing Argentine tango — and on the move, traveling wherever her passport will take her.