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Enterprise technology
is our sweet spot.

Since our inception we’ve worked specifically with technology companies in the enterprise space. Our long history of working in Security, SaaS, Big Data, Infrastructure, and Mobile gives us unique insight into the best practices to reach the IT buyer.

We understand the
needs of VC firms.

With a new emphasis on marketing and design in the venture capital community, KBD has had the good fortune of working with many of the top investment firms in Silicon Valley and beyond. Deliverables range from website and brand to LP Day materials and event marketing.

Giving back
with design.

Non-profits need a brand that resonates to attract a strong donor base and build a better city. We partner with some of Louisville’s most strategic community organizations at a discounted rate to help make all of our lives just a little better.

Nice to meet you.

Katie Bush

Founder + CEO

Laura Isgrigg


Gretchen Bush

Director of Operations

Shahla Mahdavi

VP of Digital

Marie Billings

Design Director

Danii Bonebrake

Senior Designer

Katie Bush

In 20 years as a strategic marketer and designer, Katie Bush has successfully brought dozens of complex products to market for technology pioneers such as Opsware, Virtual Instruments, Teradata and Bluebox. KBD clients include many of the notable companies in Silicon Valley and many of the VCs who fund them. Before founding KBD in 2000, Katie held positions as Design Director for Michael Patrick Partners in Palo Alto, CA and Marketing Design Director for the Hi-Tech Group of CMP Media in San Francisco. She holds a BFA degree from Georgetown University, and serves on the boards of a number of non-profits.

Laura Isgrigg

Laura Isgrigg, CPA, MST brings over 13 years of experience in the fields of taxation and accounting focusing on small businesses, high net worth individuals, and non-profits.  She has experience with various types of taxation, including income, sales and use, and tangible property. KBD is lucky to have her handle all of our billing and financial issues. Laura received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from The College of William and Mary and a Masters of Taxation from American University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Gretchen Bush

Working around all these right-brained creatives, someone has to carry the left-brain load. As Director of Operations, Gretchen comes to us with 25 years experience in the communications industry. With a broad background in process and creative support, she makes sure all the tools are in place to keep the data flowing. Her experience for both large and small firms has given her keen insight into total project management and tracking lost costs.

Gretchen holds a BA in Public Relations, a minor in Business, and a bonus minor in Biology that she puts to good use on that ever so random occasion a question arises on the topic at Pub Quiz on Tuesday nights.

When she’s not working, she can be found frantically feeding her right-brain by reading, rowing, attending as many concerts as time and space will allow, and is currently tackling the concertina as a new year’s resolution for 2018.

Shahla Mahdavi

A native of Louisville, KY Shahla joined KBD in fall of 2015. A lover of all things creative, Shahla began her career in the BFA program at the University of Louisville, and is a self-taught front-end developer specializing in WordPress.

Having worked at a number of Louisville’s top-tier agencies as both a designer and developer, Shahla brings with her a passion for design, especially for the web – as well as a love for colors, fonts, CSS and cats. An entrepreneur at heart Shahla has helped a variety of start-ups with creative branding and identity to help take their businesses to the next level. Shahla is the co-founder of the Louisville chapter of Girl Develop It, whose mission is to create a unique and hands-on approach for women interested in programming.

In the rare times Shahla is not working, she enjoys experimenting with code, playing music, obsessing over Game of Thrones, and tormenting playing with her cat, Chloe.

Marie Billings

Growing up in the Louisville area, Marie attended IU Southeast and graduated from the BFA program in 2008.

Before joining KBD, she worked at agencies in the Louisville area for international accounts such as Brown Forman. She has also worked extensively in the public sector to further economic development and job growth within the Commonwealth. Marie’s background includes writing and advertising—both picked up during her tenure in the newspaper industry after graduating from college.

Branding is what Marie loves to do most. Her love of illustration, color and clean typography fuel her designs and are tailored to any company’s messaging platform for seamless integration. When she isn’t hard at work, she loves to spend all her time (and money, consequently) on home improvement projects with her husband, Jeff and adorable fur baby, Bailey Rae Puggleford Adams.

Danii Bonebrake

Danii was born and raised in Central Indiana by all non-creative types of people, who all supported her creative spirit and ways of life. However, before stumbling into the Indianapolis Ai, she never truly understood what all encompassed the world of graphic design. Danii brings 7+ years of design passion and a maker’s lifestyle. Not only does Danii love the world of design, she loves the world of crafting and making anything by hand.

Danii has loved working on seemingly complex projects, but turning them into simplistic designs that anyone can understand. Danii joined KBD in our later winter months, but has already had the pleasure of working with many of our great clients like ForgePoint Capital, Microsoft, and University of Louisville.

Danii enjoys traveling, antiquing, hanging with her boyfriend and pup, and sleeping in on the weekends.

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