About Us

When clients first contact us, they have the list of marketing projects we offer: branding, design, web, social, and content. But after meeting with us, they understand our core truths: we care and branding can help.

Every time something is distilled it's boiled down to a purer, more potent form until its maximum essence is revealed. Creative Distillery will work until we find your real, core truth, and design a solution that feels fresh and authentic all at the same time.

  • Principal

    Darren Schwindaman

    Darren Schwindaman is a graphic and web designer who oversees brand strategy for Creative Distillery. He studied graphic design at Loyola University New Orleans and returned to Jackson after Hurricane Katrina. Darren values building relationships with his clients and making the real world a better place through communications. He is a rare breed of left-brained artist, and he believes that good design comes from equal parts creativity, strategy and coffee. Darren enjoys Atlanta Braves baseball, Saints football, and gritty FX dramas.

  • Marketing Director

    Melia Dicker

    Melia spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit world before she co-founded Creative Distillery with Darren, her husband. She went on to hold leadership roles in marketing at Visit Mississippi, the Mississippi Arts Commission, and the Woodward Hines Education Foundation before returning to the team. Melia is excited to use this experience to help Creative Distillery's clients grow their reach and impact. Her favorite things include creative nonfiction, John Mulaney's comedy, and Zumba.

  • Account Manager

    Frannie Maas

    Frannie Maas joins Creative Distillery from Belhaven University where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre. Her degree taught her how to approach a project creatively as well as organizationally. Her stage managing experience allows her to see what needs to be done across multiple areas in order to keep a project moving smoothly, and successfully. In her free time, Frannie enjoys eating french fries, bouldering, and asking you first before she pets your dog.

  • Graphic Designer

    Kaiyla Barber

    Kaiyla Barber is a graphic designer with the drive to make any idea become reality. Before joining the Creative Distillery team, she studied graphic design at Mississippi State University and worked as an intern for the MSU Women's Athletics Department. When she is away from the office, you can find her watching a great movie, listening to Corinne Bailey Rae, or enjoying a delightful strawberry cheesecake.

  • Web Developer

    Will Hawks

    Will Hawks is all about taking a concept and turning it into something real and useful. He loves to take a problem and find a solution that really improves people’s lives or makes them happy. That can be done lots of ways, but for Will it’s mainly writing, woodworking, and web development. He also enjoys exploring new places with his wife Anna and playing music.

  • Visual Content Creator

    Kody Gautier

    Kody Gautier is a visual content creator with a unique love for aesthetic experiences and environments. Through his art and experimentation, he ultimately strives to capture challenging, enjoyable, and meaningful material. In his spare time, Kody enjoys writing music, listening to books on Audible, and spending time with his wife Shannon and German Shepherd Luna.