Marco Ceglie
President, Executive Creative Director

Marco is a New Jersey native and Arizona State University graduate. He has cultivated a national reputation for developing cutting-edge marketing strategies, such as “Culture Jamming” to engage audiences and raise awareness for his clients. For more than 20 years, Marco has produced strategic messaging, branding and viral awareness campaigns for both non-profit and commercial clients in some of the nation’s most significant markets, including New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Marlis Fenton

Marlis is the newest member of the Avant Strategies team who brings creative flair and organizational expertise into the mix.  Her experience in managing offices, coordinating radio and television trafficking and running her own successful collaborative piano business all contribute to her ability to accurately and efficiently handle the myriad of tasks needed to support our client’s many needs.

Laree Johnson
Client Services Coordinator

LaRee recently graduated with honors from the cutting edge Business Sustainability program at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. In addition to the affinity for marketing she developed at uni., and with an eye towards aiding in business assimilation of sustainable technology and operations, she aims to help promote efficiency and performance in business practices. Together with the Avant Strategies team, she works to realize and reach the best and utmost potential of every situation. She is a big proponent of “ELE” (everybody love everybody), and continues to pursue a lifelong love of all things chocolate.

Jos Anshell
Vice Chairman

As an Arizona icon at the forefront of marketing for over 30 years, Jos ensures that Avant’s clients receive top-notch thinking by bringing tremendous knowledge and experience in market research, strategic planning, and financial management. A “Who’s Who” list of companies that have benefited from his expertise include US Airways, Nintendo, Fender, Intel, Grand Canyon University, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many others.

Jos has served on the executive board and board of directors of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. He’s dedicated to helping people less fortunate in his community by actively serving organizations such as Upward, Parents Anonymous, American Heart Association, Arizona Humane Society, National Safety Council, Florence Crittenton, United Way, YMCA and American Cancer Society.

Ivan Johnson

Retired from his position as Vice President of Public Affairs at Cox
Communications Arizona after a 32-year tenure, Ivan now serves as Chief Operations Officer of the Public Policy Partners (P3) family of
companies, which includes Avant Strategies.

He holds a Masters of Business Administration and has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from ASU, and is a member of many respected Arizona organizations, including the Executive Committee
and Strategic Planning Committee; Chair of the Arizona Town Hall;
a Member of the Phoenix Police Reserve Board; past Chairman of the Greater Phoenix and Arizona State Chambers of Commerce; past Chairman of Tempe Leadership; past Chairman of Westmarc; former Secretary of the Greater Phoenix Economic Development Council.

Ivan is a fourth generation native of Arizona.