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Jul 15

TRIAD/Next Level announces Ryan Hunt has joined the staff as manager, production + media.

“Ryan’s background, having worked on both the agency side and the client side, really gives him a unique perspective,” said Rick Krochka, president. “That experience, combined with his traditional and digital media knowledge really makes him a great asset, and we’re glad to have him on board.”

Hunt has eight years of extensive marketing and advertising project management experience and has managed a variety of marketing mediums including print, digital and online media for a diverse range of clients and organizations.

Hunt is a 2005 graduate, cum laude of the University of Akron and holds a BA in Business Communications with an academic minor in Consumer Marketing.


Apr 09

TRIAD Communications/Next Level Interactive was presented with a Silver District ADDY for the Summa Foundation video, Time Equals Muscle. The Fifth District of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) represents 11 professional advertising associations and 18 college chapters throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“We are honored to be recognized for our work at the regional level and the opportunity to represent the great creative work produced in Northeast Ohio”, said Rick Krochka, president of TRIAD/Next Level. “It’s extremely rewarding to work with our clients to find creative and effective solutions to their marketing challenges, especially when those challenges include tight timelines and budgets. To win an award for that work is icing on the cake.”

The Fifth District of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) is the regional voice of the advertising industry to the AAF and protects and promotes the well being of advertising in the district through various programs.


Mar 18

Design and Interactive Agency Receives Six Awards

TRIAD/Next Level once again received a coveted Judge’s Choice award at the American Advertising Federation-Akron ADDY Awards ceremony held Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Akron Civic Theater. In addition, the agency received four gold awards and one silver award.

Gold Awards were received for:

Silver Awards were received for:

Smithers-Oasis Product Guide

Judge Cathy Swick, of Cathy Swick Design in Dayton, IN, selected the Smithers-Oasis Product Guide as her Judge’s Choice. “I loved the piece. It was a nice execution of a lot of information in a product catalog. It has great photography and is something that could easily translate to an e-catalog or online product use,” said Cathy Swick.

“We were very selective about our entries this year, really focusing on work that not only stood out creatively, but also showcased our diverse capabilities and client base,” said Rick Krochka, president of TRIAD/Next Level. “In the end, the strategy really paid off. We walked away with four golds and one silver, which ultimately received a judge’s choice. These honors say a lot about our team, their talent and dedication to the work, and about our clients themselves, who trust us as their strategic marketing partners.”


Nov 13

TRIAD/Next Level was recently presented with a Gold W3 Award for the agency’s Holiday campaign, ‘Crappy Holidays’. The international web competition honors creative excellence in website design, video production and online marketing. In addition, a Silver W3 was awarded for the Summa Foundation motion graphics video, ‘Time Equals Muscle.’

“It’s always an honor to be recognized within this industry for the work that we’re doing both for our clients and the agency,’ said John Moulagiannis, director, interactive + digital media. “Both projects pushed us creatively and the team really rose to the challenge. At the core, both projects demonstrated some stellar visual storytelling representing the type of work we strive to produce every day.”

Companies and agencies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 corporations to small private firms, are eligible to enter the W3 Awards. Winners were selected from over 3,000 entries from top companies and agencies worldwide.