Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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    Meet the KREM Advertising Team

    • R.J. Merritt
      R.J. Merritt
      Director of Sales

      R.J. has been KREM’s Director of Sales and Marketing since 2008. Prior to his current role, R.J. worked as both a Local Sales Manager and Digital Sales Manager for KREM and KSKN. R.J. has worked for Belo since 1999 and was one of the first graduates of the Broadcast Sales Academy in 2001. R.J. attended both Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University, and has degrees in Organizational Communication and Fine Art/Graphic Design. In his free time, R.J. enjoys golf, soccer, snow skiing and spending time with his two kids.

    • Diane Daugherty
      Diane Daugherty
      Local Sales Manager

      Diane, one of our Local Sales Managers, started with KREM in 2000 as an Account Executive after working at Nordstrom for 16 years. In 2005 she left and became the Advertising Director at The Pacific Northwest Inlander and was there for three years before coming back to KREM in 2008 as our LSM. She loves warm weather, wine, playing golf, running, camping and spending time with her husband and three kids.

    • Dan Greiner
      Dan Greiner
      Digital Sales Manager

      Dan was born and raised right here in Spokane. He moved across the state and earned a BA in Marketing from Western Washington University in 2001. After school he headed south to Oregon to work in the commercial construction industry as a project manager. Nearly 6 years later in January of 2007 he returned to his hometown to pursue his passion of advertising. Dan started his career at KREM in the TV business. Seeing the future of the industry in digital, Dan transitioned over to the Digital Sales Manager in 2012. When not at work Dan stays as active as his wife and two boys will allow, playing soccer, golfing, skiing, mountain biking and even occasionally running.

    • Larry Sherrer
      Larry Sherrer
      National Sales Manager

      Larry has been the National sales manager at KREM and KSKN since 2004. Prior to moving to Spokane, he was in Portland Media for 21 long years, working in radio, cable and television. Spokane is a perfect fit as he enjoys outdoor activities like fishing, skiing and hunting.

    • DJ Talarico
      DJ Talarico
      Local Sales Manager

      DJ is a Washington State University Alum with 20 years of experience in the advertising industry. DJ started his career in Seattle working as a Media Buyer/Planner on the agency side before moving over to media sales as a Rep Firm Account Executive, TV Account Executive, National Sales Manager and has been the Local Sales Manager for KREM and KSKN since 2009. Raised in Spokane, he moved back several years ago to be closer to friends and family. DJ has been married for 11-years to his wife Michele and they have two boys Jackson (9) and Ben (7). When he isn’t spending time with his family he enjoys fly fishing the many rivers of the Northwest.

    • Katie Bohr
      Katie Bohr
      Senior Digital Account Executive

      Katie is a digital veteran with over 5 years experience in the world of online marketing. She has a passion for digital media – loving its constant change and fast pace! She is focused on delivering the best possible experience for online marketers and utilizing industry leading technology to deliver on campaign objectives. Katie is a lover of all things athletic, most specifically volleyball, but her secret passion is BAKING! When she isn’t working, you’ll find her hosting fabulous living room dance parties with her two beautiful daughters and amazing husband.

    • Melissa Magin
      Melissa Magin
      Account Executive

      Melissa graduated from EWU with a BA in Business Marketing (after a one year tour at WSU) and has been an Account Executive at KREM since 2006. She is passionate about working closely with local business owners to define their unique business goals and develop comprehensive advertising plans that will help them meet those goals. She loves the satisfaction of watching a business succeed after executing a successful marketing campaign! When Melissa is not working hard for her clients, she enjoys a vast array of hobbies including traveling, snowboarding, dirt biking, camping, softball, volleyball, basketball and her newest obsession, golf. With a spirit of tenacity and adventure, she relishes in all experiences that life has to offer!

    • Beth Mulligan
      Beth Mulligan
      Account Executive

      Beth is passionate about helping her clients achieve their long and short term business goals through marketing their message. She started out in the business participating in industry internships with local TV stations as well as National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). After graduating with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising from South Dakota State University she went to work for King World Productions, working on cross promotions with major brand sponsors. She has worked at KREM since 2004. A typical weekend for Beth is spending time outdoors with her husband and two girls golfing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, wake-surfing and of course the most fun and athletic of them all…inter-tubing!

    • Lisa Poole
      Lisa Poole
      Account Executive

      Lisa joined the KREM sales team January 2014 following twelve years at a local marketing agency. The 14 years prior to her agency work she held sales positions at local radio and television stations and a transit advertising company. She has a Business/Marketing degree from the University of Montana. She and her husband Scott have been married 28 years and they have 3 sons. When she isn’t working at KREM or doing payroll for Poole’s Public House, she’s an avid fan of the Grizzly football team, who her youngest son Trevor plays for! Go Griz!

    • Judy Schultz
      Judy Schultz
      Account Executive

      Judy is a proud grad of Gonzaga University with a BA in English and post graduate work in Communications Arts. Her post graduate work launched her on her television career. Judy has worked in production, public affairs, promotion and sales in cable, radio and broadcast TV finally finding her niche as an Account Executive at KREM in 2000. She loves cooking, travelling, motorcycling, gardening, pets and sharing all with her husband and grandkids. She also enjoys learning about different cultures and ethnic foods...up for just about any adventure.

    • Scott Stone
      Account Executive

      Scott is an Account Executive in the KREM Sales Department where he has worked since July of 2010. He enjoys being a part of the ever-changing world of TV and digital advertising and has a passion for working with business owners to create campaigns that get them to their goals. Scott says, “in this job there’s no better feeling than hearing from a new advertiser that their phone is ringing off the hook!” Scott is an alum of the University of Idaho where he met his wife Emily. When Scott isn’t helping his clients grow their business you’ll find him either on the golf course, the lake, the golf course, the ski hill, or the golf course.

    • Ron Strom
      Ron Strom
      Account Executive

      Ron has a BA in Radio/TV Marketing from EWU and has been at KREM since 2009. Ron has 30 years experience in helping businesses define their marketing goals and assisting them with implementing all aspects of marketing, creative and production for TV and digital platforms. Ron’s goal is to help each client achieve their stated goals by using his experience and skills to execute the best possible solutions. Ron has owned two businesses in addition to working for film, digital and music production companies along with radio and television broadcasters. Ron has worked on both the client side and the advertising agency side. He loves everything outdoors with a passion for backpacking, skiing, hunting, fishing and photography. He serves or has served on several non-profit boards and committees. Ron and his wife Debbie have been married for 31 years. They have four daughters and two sons. Ron’s favorites: movie-Oh Brother Where Art Thou (any Coen brothers movie); Musicians-Bill Evans & John Coltrane; Food-Pad Thai/Massaman Curry.

    • Paige Wallace
      Paige Wallace
      Account Executive

      Paige has a long history with KREM Television, starting as an Account Executive back in 2000. A native of Spokane, she has great market knowledge. She started her career at KREM after 10 years working in radio. Paige loves her dogs, sunshine and walks on the beach! When she isn’t working, you’ll find her traveling to random destinations or riding her horses and playing with her dogs.

    • Kelly Welsh
      Account Executive

      Kelly has a combined 4 years of working at KREM, starting first in the Operations Department, then moving to Sales in 2008. After taking a year and a half hiatus to experience working as an Account Executive at a local marketing agency, she returned to KREM Sales in 2012. Kelly is also the host of Live Well Spokane and enjoys interviewing and featuring local businesses on-air. When she isn’t hard at work, Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She loves relaxing at the lake, travelling, and Italian food!

    • Ariel Belzer
      Ariel Belzer
      Research Director

      Ariel is the research and web guru of the KREM Sales Department. She started at KREM straight out of college and has worked in research since 2007. Ariel is a lover of social media, reality TV, photography, and all things sweet. When she isn’t crunching numbers or building pretty presentations at KREM, you’ll find her soaking up time with her husband and two adorable kids.

    • Alyssa Gibbar
      Alyssa Gibbar
      Sales Assistant

      Alyssa is a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University where she graduated with a degree in both Business Management and Marketing. She joined the KREM sales team in 2013 and anticipates to retain great knowledge from her fellow coworkers as the Media Sales Assistant. She loves giraffes, is a big fan of Gonzaga Men’s Basketball, and enjoys trying new things. During her free time Alyssa enjoyes playing volleyball, reading, volunteering, and spending time with her friends and family.

    • Lucy Watmore
      Lucy Watmore
      Digital Sales Specialist

      Lucy hails from Sydney, Australia and joined KREM in 2011. She is a Communications Graduate from the University of Western Sydney and is the Digital Sales Specialist for the KREM sales team. When Lucy isn’t crafting, being a frustrated Yogi or eating Filipino foods, you will find her following her true passion, which is to travel.

    By Richard Kingston