Musicians, snowboarders, sailors, poets, artists, golfers, builders, thinkers, doers, dreamers, and more than our fair share of Longhorns. It’s the perfect recipe for an award-winning ad agency. Here are a few of our key team members.


Jim Krause
President & Founder

Think of your classic ad guy, but take away the ego, the arrogance and the holier-than-thou attitude. Now add a collaborative approach to tackling challenges, a history of helping brands do great things, and a genuine smile. That’s Jim.

For over three decades, Jim has led Krause with a simple philosophy: learn the needs of the clients, then go serve them, with an unrivaled understanding for how brands grow by creating deep connections with consumers. It’s an approach that’s produced amazing results for a roster of iconic brands, including Zales, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Lone Star Beer, the Dallas Mavericks, Hyatt Hotels and UT Southwestern.

Away from the office, Jim is actively involved in the community, having served as a board member of several non-profits. He currently serves on the board of the Texas Program for Sports and Media at The University of Texas at Austin, in addition to being a frequent guest lecturer at the University. He’s also an avid sportsman. He’s played basketball with an NBA all-star, golfed with a former U.S. President, and dined with Hockey Hall of Famers. His best performance among the three? Dinner.


Candace Krause
Principal/Vice President

How hip is Candace? Let’s just say she’s on a first-name basis with RLGrime and Skrillex, who knows her as MamaSkrause. Don’t know who they are? Google them, and you’ll realize, wow, Candace is hip.

But it’s her expertise as a leader in luxury, jewelry and retail marketing that our clients are really hip to. Prior to joining Krause, Candace was the president of Brown Productions in Dallas, where she managed integrated advertising efforts for some of the world’s leading jewelry brands including both retailers and manufacturers. From campaigns for leading Italian designers such as Garavelli, to brand work for Louis Glick or Martin Katz, her insight and relationships in the industry run deep.

And to think, she almost pursued a career playing the oboe with the Hartford Symphony, but walked away when they offered her only a half scholarship. With Candace, it’s all or nothing.


Jim Hradecky
Principal/Chief Creative Officer

Go ahead, try and say his last name. Give up? It’s pronounced Ra-desky, which we’re pretty sure is Czech for “builder of brands.”

And Jim has built many over his legendary career, not only at Krause, where he leads the agency’s day-to-day creative efforts, but also as president of Berry Brown Advertising and FKM Dallas. Brands that have benefited from his stewardship include JCPenney, American Airlines, Mission Foods, Wolf Brand Chili, Daisy Sour Cream and multiple brands for Quaker and ConAgra.

Jim’s passions beyond advertising include mid-century design, ceramics, fishing and spoiling his young grandchild.


Emily Black
Principal/Director of Client Services

If Emily seems to look like she knows what you’re thinking, try not to let it get to you. Getting into people’s heads is one of her specialties. Indeed, it has been her relentless pursuit of consumer insight that brands like Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Jimmy Dean Sausage and Daisy Sour Cream have relied on throughout her career at agencies that include FKM and Berry Brown.

At Krause, Emily leads our Client Services team and provides a range of skills in consumer research, brand positioning and communications strategy. She’s also an avid camper and devoted mom, and has the odd habit of randomly quoting Seinfeld episodes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


Trish Flaherty
Principal/Chief Financial Officer

Next to Jim Krause, she’s the longest-serving member of the Krause team, which means she’s pretty much seen it all—including Jim, way back when he had wavy dark hair and a commanding jump shot. And yes, she does have pictures.


Scott LeBlanc
Creative Director

Scott is a client’s best friend—a brilliant creative, big-picture thinker and shrewd strategist all rolled into one. Happiness for Scott is a brand with unrealized potential for greatness, followed closely by a cold beer and a large pot of boiling crawfish.

It’s not just a job, it’s a journey. We believe you should enjoy yourself along the way. It helps when it’s fun being around the people you work with!