About Us

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT DRIVES US

Our mission is to partner with and support non-profits, foundations, and other selfless organizations to build better brands, attract more supporters, and leave a bigger footprint on the world they are working to improve.

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Be bold.

We stand by ideas, people, and processes that pursue brilliance by being willing to be different

​​Be accountable.

We celebrate successes, own our mistakes, and embrace every step in between by taking ownership over our actions.

Be moved by something.

We believe we are helping the world become a better place by helping those who serve others. We seek out a higher purpose for using our unique abilities for good and we salute those who choose to take action to bring about positive change. 

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THESE ARE OURS

Values Matter

Be present.

We aspire to be present in every opportunity with open ears, open minds, and an insatiable desire to provide creative solutions.

​​Be curious.

We ask the hard questions, seek the "why" in every opportunity, and explore challenges with a healthy sense of possibility.

Our Story

Founder and herd leader, Cari Jones, has always had a passion for pachyderms. After being burned out creatively working as a designer and director at several creative agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and corporations - she took a unique opportunity to spend three years working as an Elephant Keeper at Zoo Miami caring for both Asian and African Elephants in Miami, Florida.

 

That valuable time away from the world of corporate advertising and design was eye-opening and led her to seek more purpose when she headed back into the "real world" to start Elephant Creative Company in 2016.  She'll tell you that the elephants taught her more about hard work, patience, trust, attitude, tone, and loyalty than any textbook or a desk job. 

 

Now, Cari and her team strive to emulate those skills and attitudes she developed when caring for those larger-than-life creatures through the creative services and personal attention they provide to their non-profits clients.

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Meet Our Herd

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Cari Jones
PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF BRAND STRATEGY

Cari brings over 15 years of experience in brand development and design to the clients of Elephant Creative Co.  Prior to starting Elephant Creative Co. in 2016, she held director and creative roles in non-profit organizations, ad agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.  Her passion for helping non-profits create better, stronger brands that in turn allow them to do more good is what drives the company forward. Work hard. Stay humble. Pay it forward...and have fun doing it. 

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Jason Peoples
DIRECTOR OF CREATIVITY

Jason spent over 25  years as a designer and art director for both the printing industry and ad agencies before joining Elephant in early 2019.  His can-do attitude and extensive ability to problem-solve through design are major assets to our clients and creative process.  Jason's Midwestern kindness, unwavering work ethic, and ear for listening often make him our resident "client whisperer".  

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Julie Pedretti
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Julie brings more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience to the Elephant Creative Co. herd. Her previous director and executive-level roles for organizations such as Healthcare Network, NCH Healthcare System, Lee Health, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin make her both a non-profit pro and a healthcare sector guru. She currently serves as President of the Press Club of Southwest Florida, is on the board of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs.

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Lynne Hosking
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Our international rock-star designer has worked in high-powered agencies from London to South Africa and Australia over the past 15 years. She joined our team in 2017 and brings a fresh, clean, and consistent design approach to our team.  Her detailed eye for print design and ability to create killer infographics are some of our favorite things about Lynne!

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Hans & Cleo
PAWSITIVE RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Every dog needs a job. These two trade-off titles between Directors of Distraction and Pawstive Relations Department on an hourly basis.  Cleo is a 2017 proud alumnus of one of our clients, Humane Society Naples, and Hans is a 2020 "covid" dog addition from a rescue in Ohio. Together, they make sure that Zoom calls are never boring, packages never go unannounced, and opportunities for treats are never missed. 

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