When your agency actually listens, everything gets better. When your agency actually listens, everything gets better. Our Philosophy Our Philosophy When your agency actually listens, everything gets better. When your agency actually listens, everything gets better.

We don’t want to be the smartest people in the room. We don’t want to be the coolest people in the room. We want to be the most useful people in the room. The most helpful. That’s our ambition. That’s what we’re working toward, every day, with every client.

And it starts with listening.

Our People

Eric Kallman

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Eric is responsible for some of the best advertising of this century for brands like Old Spice, Skittles, Little Caesars, KAYAK.com, Careerbuilder, Snickers, Coca-Cola and more. Although he’s won every major advertising award many times over, Eric prides himself on one thing: making ads that real people actually like. And doing that has led to some of the most effective campaigns of all time. 
When Eric’s not making ads you’ll find him with his family and his dogs or at the eight-time World Champion San Francisco Giants game.  


Steven Erich

Founder & President

Steve believes in the unmatched power of great advertising to drive brand growth and is celebrated for his ability to work closely with both client and agency teams to consistently exceed expectations. As a business strategist and leader of brand and agency teams prior to E&K, he’s been intimately involved in some of the most successful work of the recent past including American Express “Small Business Saturday”, Burger King “Whopper Freakout” and “Subservient Chicken”, Microsoft “I’m a PC”, Taco Bell “Yo Quiero Taco Bell”, Kraft Mac & Cheese “You Know You Love It”, and multiple campaigns for Volkswagen, Charles Schwab, Mondelez, Turkish Airways, Jack in the Box, XBOX, MetLife, The Gap/Old Navy and Activision/Blizzard.

When he’s not working to build brands, he enjoys publicly embarrassing his wife and three kids with his loud singing, bad dancing and frequent pratfalls.


Rikesh Lal

Executive Creative Director

Rikesh is an award-winning creative with over 15 years of agency experience. Jumping into advertising fresh out of art school, his background in design and digital brings a unique perspective to brands. Rikesh has created campaigns for clients like Nike, MINI, Sprite, Xbox, Philips Electronics, Bacardi, Google and Papa John’s. He’s been awarded top marks time and again from all the major advertising and design awards and yes, he’s a big typography aficionado.

Rikesh’s passions beyond advertising include family time, making art and discovering new subgenres of music (drift phonk, anyone?).


Jill Garrison

Chief Operating Officer

Jill is a 20 year marketing veteran who has a passion for tackling  the complex marketing challenges of the day. Jill spent 10 years at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, most recently serving as Director of Client Service Operations across all three US offices; managing the Account Management department and working with the executive team on optimization of internal processes and development of cross-functional teams. 

Prior to taking that role, Jill was making great creative happen at CP+B working on award-winning campaigns for Volkswagen, Old Navy and American Express. Jill cut her teeth at Leo Burnett working on Altoids, PetSmart, Kellogg’s, and Western Union.


Andrew Speyer

Chief Strategy Officer

Andrew came to advertising serendipitously but fell in love with a job that required him to study culture, listen to people, and turn their perspectives into inspiring insights for the creative process. He has made a career of representing the perspective of real people in the marketing and advertising process, and has found that the key to great work starts with a fundamental respect for how they see the world. His career has taken him from great  agencies like Crispin Porter + Bogusky to USH/LATAM agencies like la comunidad, and he’s worked on blue chip brands including Airbnb, American Airlines, BMW, Ford, Lucid Motors, Citi, P&G, Best Buy, and even the National Park Service.


Kati Haberstock

Executive Head of Production

A seasoned production leader with more than 25 years of international experience across all continents, building relationships with global partners, Kati leads and manages Erich and Kallman’s production department. Known for producing cutting-edge, best-in-class creative work, and overseeing teams, Kati also applies her skills across industry business affairs – including instituting best practices in talent and traffic divisions. Kati continuously fosters innovative solutions to all creative assignments and challenges, while setting up cost effective production and post-production pipelines.


Stephen Larkin

Chief Marketing Officer

Stephen has been in the business for more than three decades and no one loves the business of advertising like Stephen does. As Chief Marketing Officer, Stephen is responsible for the growth and reputation of the agency.

Prior to Erich & Kallman, Stephen spent more than seven years at R/GA and before that, 180LA. At both R/GA and 180LA, Stephen helped bring new client partnership opportunities including eBay, Roku, Reddit, American Express, HP, Mattel, Miller Lite and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to name just a few. Stephen also led 180LA’s UnFairy Tales campaign for UNICEF which was one of the most awarded campaigns globally including the Grand Prix for Good.

Stephen cut his teeth in advertising in account service in Boston at both Mullen and Hill/Holliday. Stephen is married to his wife of nearly 30 years and have three children together.


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tool. We use it often and
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