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Saba Agency Team

Saba Agency works in partnership with you to meet all of your marketing communication needs. From award-winning print and web design, creative advertising campaigns, to objective media recommendations--we can provide all of the services you need, aggressively targeted to your company's specific audience, that will be sure to increase your traffic and sales.

With 25 years in business, the team at Saba Agency and "sister" company Creative Concepts works toward establishing long-term relationships with clients, while maintaining a reputation for integrity, honesty and great customer service.

We welcome an opportunity to present our services to you.

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Tom Saba
Tom Saba
President

A native of Bakersfield, Tom received a bachelor of science degree in marketing from California State University Bakersfield. He worked for a few years at KBAK TV as an advertising account rep before co-founding his own agency, Positive Promotions, in 1984. Creative Concepts/Saba Agency was founded in 1989. Tom lives in Bakersfield with his wife and two children. He also enjoys running marathons and painting.

 
Peter Recicar
Peter Recicar
Account Executive

Originally from Czechoslovakia, Peter holds a doctorate in Art and is fluent in 5 languages. He taught for 6 years before becoming a graphic designer for the movie industry in Czechoslovakia. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy and their son, Ryan.

 
Jeri Merlo Schueler
Jeri Merlo Schueler
Senior Account Executive, Media Division

Jeri has worked in all aspects of local advertising for over 34 years and joined Saba Agency after a 29 year career with The Bakersfield Californian newspaper. She is responsible for servicing existing accounts as well as new account acquistion and development of the agency's media/marketing placement services. She also plans and coordinates special events for clients. In her spare time, Jeri enjoys reading, golfing and shooting.

 
Cathy Berthiaume
Cathy Berthiaume
Creative Director

Before coming to Saba Agency, Cathy founded and operated her own design firm, Delaney Graphics. With an extensive background in design, printing and advertising, she came to Saba Agency in 1996 where she first managed the art department, then was promoted to the position of Creative Services Director. Her design work has earned her numerous awards both locally and nationwide, including several Addy awards given by the Kern County Ad Club. When at home, Cathy enjoys spending time with her family as well as gardening, reading and traveling.

 
Gina Stricklind
Gina Stricklind
Web Developer

Gina studied web design and development at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and received a diploma in Technical Web Development. Before she joined Saba Agency in 2011, Gina was a freelance web designer for several local and diverse companies. In her spare time, Gina loves baking, cooking, and spending time with her friends, family and her dogs.

 
Becky Ponce
Becky Ponce
Office Manager

Becky is a native of Whitter, California and moved to Kern County in 1995. She has worked in clerical and secretarial positions for many years and went back to school in 1998 to receive an accounting certificate. Becky joined Creative Concepts in 2000 as a sales assistant/administrative assistant. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching and playing sports: baseball, basketball, football and volleyball.

 
Nick
Nectali Castellanos
Web Developer

Nectali “Nick” Castellanos is a native of Los Angeles and moved to Bakersfield with his family in 2006 and graduated from Golden Valley High School. Before Nick joined Saba Agency in 2015, he attended UC Merced, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. With his experience in computer science and a love for web design and development he handles most in-house web-related issues, troubleshooting, updates and web designs. In his free time Nick enjoys and spending time with his family and friends and his computer.

Tom Thompson
Tom Thompson
Senior Account Executive

A native of Shafter, Tom is a graduate of Bakersfield College. After college, he served three years with Uncle Sam then completed a twenty year career in finance before joining the Creative Concepts family in 2000. Tom has been our Top Producer in Sales since 2002 and resides in Bakersfield with his family.

 
Ian Perry
Ian Perry
Account Executive

Ian has joined the Creative Concepts team after working alongside the company for many years. He has 22 years of experience in the recognition apparel industry and has fostered innovation in the DTG and Embroidery industry for the last 10 years. Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys and generally enjoys the creative process. His hobbies are cooking and travel.

 
Debbe
Debbe Haley
Account Executive

Debbe grew up in Fresno where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Cal State University, Fresno. She and her husband moved to Bakersfield in 1986, and she taught school for 16 years. Then 13 years ago, Debbe established her own business, “Creative Memories”, before joining the Saba team in 2011. She is actively involved in the Shafter Chamber of Commerce as well as in her church and several networking groups. In her free time she loves to travel and spend time with her family, and especially her eight grandchildren.

 
Melinda Malfitano
Brian Coords
Senior Web Developer

Brian grew up in Southern California and moved to the Central Valley in 2012. After programming websites part-time for more than ten years he decided to transition from his work as a high school teacher to a full-time web developer. Some of his other interests include teaching at the local community college, playing music, filming weddings, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

 
Jerry A. Strinden
Jerry A. Strinden
Safety & Loss Control Consultant

Jerry Strinden comes to Creative Concepts with twenty years experience in Safety, Security and Loss Control within the Transportation, Distribution, Manufacturing and Print Media environments.

Jerry is Certified in Safety Management, Ergonomics and Smith Sytem Driver Training. He also has knowledge of DOT, OSHA & EPA Regulations with hands-on experience in Worker's Compensation, and Product & General Liability Claims.

He is a Member of ASSE, ASIS, NFPA and a certified instructor in FA, AED, CPR, and BBP through the Red Cross.

 
Charlie McKay
Charlie McKay
Social Media Manager / Graphic Designer

Charlie was born and raised in Tehachapi California, and studied graphic design at Bakersfield College. With over 7 years of experience working in graphic design and print, Charlie designs printed materials from logos, brand identity, brochures, annual reports, newsletters, ads, and banners to building signage, vehicle graphics and more. He also specializes in Social Media and Digital Marketing and manages that department within the agency. In his spare time Charlie enjoys fishing, computer, reading and spending time with his family and friends.

 
Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith
Account Executive, Media Division

Sharon joined the Saba Agency team in 2006 with 6 years of experience in sales and marketing. Prior to that, Sharon worked as an Account Executive for local Radio stations. She is responsible for acquiring new accounts, managing existing clients as well as creating and implementing Saba Agency's strategic media and marketing plans. Sharon is a sports enthusiast, loves music, and being a Mom to her 3 children.