DS Expands Leadership Team

Full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency Dixon Schwabl formally announced today that it has expanded its leadership team. Connor Dixon-Schwabl, Jon Alhart, Jordan Dixon and Maureen Swick Kurz have been promoted to managing partners. 

I’m thrilled to honor Connor, Jon, Jordan and Maureen’s hard work and dedication to the agency with these well-deserved appointments,” Dixon Schwabl CEO Lauren Dixon said. Combined, these four team members have spent a total of 50 years at Dixon Schwabl. Their many contributions have helped build Dixon Schwabl into the leading firm it is today. They will be an integral part of our leadership team as the agency continues to grow and evolve.” 

As managing partner of studio production, Dixon-Schwabl is responsible for all audio and video productions, along with campaign and promotional videos. He oversees a team of five and facilitates all shoots by booking locations and talent, and managing the shoot on set. He has been with the agency since 2011 and most recently served as studio manager.

Dixon-Schwabl earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from St. John Fisher College and his master’s in strategic marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College. Outside of the office, he is president of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester’s Red Tie Society. In 2013, Dixon-Schwabl was named Rochester’s Man of the Year for his efforts to raise money through Champions of Hope for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He resides in Rochester with his wife, Chelsea. 

As managing partner of digital, Alhart leads a 24-person digital team focused on digital strategy, advanced analytics/​data insights, web development, content marketing, social media and marketing automation. Alhart has been with Dixon Schwabl since 2008 and most recently served as vice president of content marketing and social media.

Alhart earned his bachelor’s degree in television and radio from Ithaca College. Outside of the office, he serves on The Arc of Monroe’s board of directors. In 2018, he was awarded the JCC of Greater Rochester Young Leader Award and an honorable mention for Digital Leader of the Year from the PR News Social Media Awards. He resides in Penfield with his wife, Valerie, and their children, Emerson, Asher and Greyson.

As managing partner of strategic workflow, Dixon leads the agency’s workflow process. He is responsible for evaluating projects and timelines, selecting appropriate teams and assigning work. Dixon joined the agency in 2008 and spent his first five years in print production. He moved to strategic workflow in 2014 and most recently served as the department’s director. 

Dixon earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in strategic marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College. Outside of the office, he is active in the community and has volunteered with numerous organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Strong Museum of Play and Hope Hall. Dixon resides in Canandaigua with his wife, Lindsey, and their sons, Hudson and Merrick. 

As managing partner of media and account services, Swick Kurz leads the agency’s media team and Frontier Communications account team. With more than 20 years of communications and management experience, Swick Kurz has expertise in strategic marketing, business development and media strategies. She has been with the agency since 1999 and most recently served as vice president of account services. 

Swick Kurz earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from St. Bonaventure University. Outside the office, she has volunteered at St. John of Rochester Church and the American Cancer Society, and has coached youth sports. She resides in Pittsford with her children, Connor and Anna. 

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