Hi, we are Ten Peaks Media and it's great to virtually meet you. Below is a bit more about our team, our mission and our guiding principles. We look forward to meeting and starting something great with you and your business.
Mission: We steward our clients' brands to make strong connections with their perfect customers.
Love: We genuinely love what we do, why we do it, and who we do it for.
Authenticity: We always operate with our clients' best interest at heart and we will continue to conduct ourselves in a way that is respectful and honest.
Dedication: We treat our clients' brands as our own, and we follow through until all goals are achieved.
Creativity: We stay on mission through every circumstance and always adapt to deploy new solutions that serve our clients' ever evolving needs.
Josh Cates, Founder & CEO
Joshua Cates, Founder and CEO of Ten Peaks Media, has more than 20 years experience in media and advertising. Successful start-ups include co-founding the largest non-medical home care agency in North Texas, building and franchising the Living Well Magazine brand across 30 U.S. markets, and collaborating with local Olympians to launch a consumer electronics Bluetooth company, partnering with the USA Pro Challenge and other major races across the nation. Josh has a DoD Top Secret Clearance, effective 17 April 2020, received a nomination for the Colorado Springs Advertising ICON award in 2018, is the recipient of an ADDY award for his work on the Kathleen O'Shea branding project in 2018 and another ADDY award for his work with Country Music Icon Aaron Tippin in 2019. Additionally, Josh was honored to be nominated for Businessman of the Year by the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce.
Combining two unique character traits, Josh will tell you that his entrepreneurial spirit, combined with an artistic and creative eye, make him a great asset to the brands he consults for. Combining his passion for helping businesses reach their goals with his proven track record for successful startup, expansion and exit strategy, Josh has extensive experience consulting and building digital and creative campaigns for a variety of companies, including but not limited to, healthcare, real estate, electronics, construction, department of defense contractors, manufacturers, home builders, consumer retail, sporting goods, jewelry, golf courses, restaurant, and consumer services.
Josh and his wife have two daughters and split their time between their home state of Texas and adopted home of Colorado. Josh is an avid thrill seeker who enjoys traveling, cycling, and skiing.
Bob Cates, Co-Founder & Director of Digital Strategy
Bob has always been an entrepreneur. He will tell you he has lived the American dream, starting and running his own businesses, which have included oil and natural gas exploration, healthcare, publishing, consumer electronics, e-commerce, franchise operations and advertising agency. Graduating from the University of North Texas with an accounting degree, Bob received his CPA while an Audit Supervisor for the State of Texas. In 1983 Bob started his first business, an independent oil and gas exploration company, which he operated until 2007.
As the Co-Founder of Ten Peaks Media, Bob is an invaluable part of the brand and his talents expand beyond his dynamic abilities with projections and figures. Bob sits on the board and counsels on all matters relating to the brand's financial well-being, in addition to consulting and handling the business management side for clients of Ten Peaks Media. In 2018 Bob added the title Director of Digital Strategy to his name, where his background in auditing and time as a CPA migrate perfectly to crunching data and making clear sense of the ever-changing world of digital strategy for Ten Peaks Media clients.
Splitting time between Colorado and the Texas Hill Country, Bob is married to his high-school sweetheart of 47 years and loves volunteering in his hometown, where he serves on Boerne's Planning and Zoning Commission. He also loves exploring the outdoors, bow hunting, cycling, and hiking.
Lauren Stewart, Creative Director
Lauren grew up in the Lone Star State, where she also received her BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. While taking courses at the university, Lauren worked as an intern in the Marketing and Design Department at MooreCo, Inc., helping with marketing research and mobile website design. Next, she interned at Woodward Creative Group where she worked on print ads, logos, signs, and illustrations.
Shortly after finishing college, Lauren married a dashing infantryman, and the Army swept her away from Texas for a life of adventure. They first moved to Missouri, where Lauren teamed up with Rolla Creative to create logos, book covers, and anything else thrown her way. Next, they went to beautiful Colorado Springs where Lauren worked for Every Home for Christ, helping to coordinate print and web materials across all departments and working to strengthen the brand as a whole.
Now back in Texas, where the Stewarts will tell you they plan to stay, Lauren loves the opportunity to meet real business challenges with thoughtful, strategic, creative solutions as the Creative Director for TenPeaks Media. In her free time, Lauren likes to play tennis, learn the piano, read historical fiction, explore new places, and two-step with her hubby.
Madison Jusko, Social Media & Content Director
Madison fell in love with storytelling at a young age. As a child, she was rarely seen without her nose in a book. Passion for the written word led her to Baylor University, where she was a member of the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors Division. One year later, she transferred to the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she obtained her BA in English. During her time in college, she worked as a content writer for a vacation rental agency and dipped her toes into the world of marketing and social media management.
Marketing through social media improves search engine rankings, inbound traffic, and customer loyalty. Madison has managed social media for several businesses of all shapes and sizes, some of whom had previous accounts and some who had never logged on to any platform. She loves the challenge of creating an online presence from scratch just as much as she loves “renovating” accounts in need. Madison uses creative storytelling to enhance a brand’s online presence, and thrives on connecting potential customers with inspiring businesses. Organization is key to creative success, and she’s seen success in every social media account she’s taken over. Whether your business has been open for 10 years or 10 days, she can increase your profit, clientele, and prominence through affordable, online marketing.
When she’s not posting on social media, Madison loves teaching cycling classes, mentoring teenagers, and going on road trips to Colorado with her husband, Tim. Nothing inspires creativity quite like the Rocky Mountains!
Tyler Noe, Director of Paid Media
Tyler has always had a passion for helping people's ideas take flight. With a sturdy foothold in the digital space he's been able to help businesses of all shapes and sizes achieve their goals and see the growth they desire. With over 9 years of experience in digital marketing he prides himself on his ability to find the best solution to tackle any situation.
After starting his own business venture right out of college, he was able to know first-hand what it takes to find success. Combining his digital marketing certifications, which include Display Advertising, Video Advertising, Shopping Advertising, Data Measurement and others, Tyler’s digital business expertise helps navigate the evolving paid media digital landscape to always be sure his clients are staying competitive, up-to-date, and ahead of the curve.
Residing at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs with his wife and newborn son, Tyler enjoys hiking, grilling, mountain biking, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.
Ricardo Mendoza, Video Production
Ricardo Mendoza is a veteran storyteller specializing in video production. His work and style define the human essence of communication with both thoughtful cinematography and consideration for the on-talent camera and the audience they are speaking to. His organization, StoryMakers Production Co. is the official video production partner of Ten Peaks Media and have collaborated with great success in numerous projects.
Nancy Kay White, Editor-in-chief
Nancy has been with Ten Peaks Media since its inception. She is a self-proclaimed “wordsmith” who enjoys researching word definitions and has great respect for the power of the written word. Early in her career, she was the administrative assistant in the English Department at the University of North Texas where she worked with the Chairman of Basic Courses and the Chairman of the Graduate School. Working with graduate students, she provided dissertation and thesis proofreading and editing services. She has worked with many of the clients at Ten Peaks, writing articles that convey their business philosophy and services.
Born in North Texas, Nancy is a Texas native through and through. She has great appreciation and love for the state of Texas, its culture, and its friendly people. She is married to her high school sweetheart. Faith and family are her top priorities. In her spare time, she loves to read, be with friends, and bike. Colorado, her “second home state,” is where you will find her when she has the opportunity to travel. She will say, “A view of the Rocky Mountains is one place I find my serenity.”
Ezra Guerra, Graphic Design and Multimedia
Ezra is a devoted designer and a passionate artist. At an early age, Ezra fostered an immense desire to inspire others through creative outlets, and he constantly pushes himself to fulfill that calling. He was raised in a household that encouraged innovative behavior, which allowed him to enter the business world with a fresh perspective on bringing clients' visions to life.
Ezra’s attachment to graphic design grew organically. Creating a few promotional posters soon became a deep appreciation for the art behind the message. He has had the honor to design on a wide variety of projects, including album artwork for various musical artists, event posters and flyers for small businesses, and multimedia graphics for corporations and influencers. He has collaborated with successful financial coach, Dani Johnson, and is the Design Director for the 1910 Worship band. His experience with graphic design began with minimal software like Over and has since evolved into an affinity for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. If you ask him which project was his favorite, he'll say it was the one he just finished.
A Texas native with a passion for travel, Ezra loves to spend his free time exploring, capturing photography, composing music, and writing short stories.
Veronica Rector, Creative Writer
Veronica was born and raised in Texas, and always had a fond attachment to reading and writing. Because of her love for writing, she joined the English program at Wayland Baptist University, where she is still currently attending along with working as a creative writer with Ten Peaks Media. She spent over two years writing articles for luxury real estate listings around the San Antonio area, worked on content creation for different companies, and helped them establish a strong social media platform.
Creative writing tells a story, and Veronica has worked over the years to develop the language of different companies to express themselves in a way that generates leads. Whether it is a blog, social media post, or content for your website, creative writing is what draws people in to learn more about your company. Often, creative writing is your initial contact with your clients, and the right verbiage builds a healthy relationship between company and client.
Aside from her time writing, Veronica volunteers as a coach for local SA high school drill teams, enjoys running, and traveling with her husband and fur baby to different historic towns.