Block Club is an award-winning branding and strategy agency based in Buffalo, NY. Our team is small and agile, strategic and spirited, curious and creative. We’re designers, strategists, writers and entrepreneurs who are committed to wanting better in everything we do—for our clients, our team, our city and region. We believe in creating impact and supporting intelligent brands, approaching each project with Rust Belt work ethic and global perspective. Our work connects businesses with their customers, creating results that inform, inspire and build community.

Our Team

Patrick Finan

Co-Founder & Principal

If there are any hard and fast rules about running a successful company, Patrick has probably broken them. His entrepreneurial proclivity took root as a teenager, when he branded and launched a nationally sold product line that earned him recognition and experience. A full ride took him to Savannah College of Art and Design, but his thirst for hometown success was more enticing. In 2007, he dropped out and returned to Buffalo, where he launched Block Club, his first business, an award-winning branding and strategy agency. When he’s not leading Block Club, Patrick can be found travelling the globe with family, cooking for his closest friends, or waking up at the crack of dawn to get a start on his day.

Brandon Davis

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Brandon wears his position’s multifarious roles—concept instigator, discerning tastemaker, pragmatic coach—with impeccable poise. He’s an avid learner, fearless explorer and consummate leader. There is nothing overtly loud or showy about Brandon, yet his presence is felt deeply in the office—every suggestion, every counter, every push for “better” is steeped in a fierce thoughtfulness that speaks to his own personal approach to life, a preference for distillation to the truest, purest form. Brandon is continually inspired and challenged by his travels, his urge to explore, to never stop absorbing and learning—all of which afford the rich well of inspiration from which he draws when developing his clients’ brands.

Dave Horesh

Partner & Director of Strategy

Dave is that rare bird, that curious case, that special circumstance of a man, who is so comfortable in his own shoes, who’s so gracious and effusive with those around him. It has been said that you can hear Dave before you see Dave. His presence is undeniable; you will never forget him. This makes the Rochester native, University at Buffalo alum, Oxford Pennant entrepreneur, and once-upon-a-time Block Club printing rep the quintessential strategist and business developer: always on his game, always collaborative, and always listening. Dave’s passion for his clients’ vision makes him an unrivaled partner for their brand and strategy needs, able to coordinate special projects, head-to-toe campaigns and dynamic solutions.

Adam Buehler

Brand Manager

Adam comes to Block Club after spending 14 years in New York City, where he began his career in product development and later transitioned to brand management for a leading global apparel company. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, with degrees in Design and International Trade and Marketing, Adam has always been passionate about art and design. Adam is meticulously organized in his role as Brand Manager, and brings a level of thoughtfulness and deliberation to his projects that enhances the quality of everyone’s work. When he’s not working on brand strategy for his clients, he enjoys reading true crime literature and following awards season. He firmly believes that Amy Adams should have won an Oscar for “Junebug,” but assures readers that he is not bitter. On a calmer note, Adam is also an avid reader and is currently learning how to paint, owing his interest to the work of Edward Hopper. Born in Chicago, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Adam now calls Buffalo his home with husband (and Buffalo native) Rusty.

Bri Anderson

Brand Manager

Bri has spent the last seven years honing her skills at a Chicago-based pharmaceutical and healthcare advertising and marketing agency, where she ultimately worked in business development and brand management as a senior account manager. A SUNY Fredonia graduate with a music business degree, Bri gained a passion for marketing working in event production and promotion. It’s there that she discovered the importance of listening with intention, a skill that infuses her professional work with care, compassion and focus. You’ll find this in the way she sparks up a conversation, or bends an ear to help you find the solution you’re looking for. Away from the office, there’s a good chance you’ll find Bri preparing floral arrangements for a friend’s wedding or event, making a fresh batch of kimchi, or putting the finishing touches on a homemade Halloween costume. Bri was born and raised in Mexico, NY, a small town on Lake Ontario outside of Syracuse. She lives in Buffalo with her distinctively bearded fiancé Andrew, her college sweetheart.

Caitlin Hartney

Senior Copywriter

Caitlin stores and processes information in narrative arcs. Even as you read this, she is probably inside her own head, culling her mind’s databank for a story that elucidates some hulking or miniscule aspect of the human condition. It has been her mental modus operandi since at least her college days in New York City (if not birth), and it informs her approach to every Block Club project. Whether she is crafting a brand story, vision statement, campaign slogan or tagline, she does so with thoughtfulness. At the heart of her writing is a desire to give words to the complexities of her subject and imbue her work with incisive and pragmatic meaning.

Julie Molloy

Designer

Formerly of Batavia, NY, once of London, England, and forever tethered to both campsite and street grid, Julie is a well-traveled homebody. Her work evokes the truth of our origins—our locations, our people, our things, our stories. Her approach maintains this simplicity; the easiest explanation, whether visual or verbal, is often the truest. A brief stint in London, where she worked at design firm AD Creative, affirmed her affinity for the understated. In Spring 2017, Julie spent six weeks in Paris as part of Block Club’s Residency Program. There, here and everywhere in Julie’s work, the conversation continues between the old and the new, the ancient and the contemporary, the tarnished and the polished. That influence is self-evident in not only her clients’ work, but in her own illustrative art, which earned rave reviews in its 2014 gallery debut.

Tim Staszak

Designer

Tim is a man on the move. His bike gets him most places, swiftly, adventurously, covertly. He is an advocate of his city’s pathways, pushing for reform and education as a GoBike Buffalo board member and vocal West Side citizen. This movement is also self-evident in his design philosophy, which pushes for what’s next, what’s innovative, what’s patently original. Tim’s extracurricular life as a drummer also pops into frame from time to time, the punk rocker never able to sit perfectly still or color within the lines. For Tim, this creative energy, vital in everything from brand development to album cover art, bike design to citizen empowerment, is kinetic, evolving, electric and alive.

Ryan McMullen

Designer

A creative mind like Ryan’s would be an asset on any team. He is thoughtful in his approach, meticulous in his production, and critical in his assessment—all vital approaches to creating strong content. Ryan hones his skills in a variety of personal creative outlets. A digital media arts graduate from Canisius College, he has nearly a decade of experience working at a number of creative agencies and studios in the area. Ryan is an educator at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, where he teaches graphic design in their media art workshops. He is also an active musician and loves to devote his creative energy outside of work to writing, recording and performing with his various musical projects. In Fall 2017, Ryan ventured to the design-forward city of Copenhagen as part of Block Club’s Residency Program. It’s in his well-roundedness that Ryan is able to provide invaluable insight and perspective to every client and team project. A calm, cool head doesn’t hurt either.

Steve Soroka

Studio Manager

Steve is Block Club’s resident family man. He joined the Block Club team in its second year, after spending many years in Los Angeles. Ready to plant his roots back home, Steve and then-fiancée Lindsey dug in deep, eager to welcome a brood of mini-Sorokas. Today, the couple are parents to Ella and Henry, who loyally take after their dad’s stalwart support of the Buffalo Bills, Homer Simpson and general housekeeping. Likewise, as Block Club’s studio manager, Steve approaches the throng of daily tasks with unbending support, efficient problem solving and an easygoing attitude. Amid managing a busy web of schedules, planning, inventory and logistics for our internal projects, Steve is the friendly face that greets visitors at our door. He makes it all look easy, with a smile on his face, a brand new photo of his children on his phone, and a fresh supply of cleaning products hidden in his desk.

Margaret Finan

Project Manager, Block Club Labs

Creativity is inspired by many influences. Margaret’s analytical, scientific perspective brings clarity and symmetry to her work. The beauty of an insightful map, the canalled veins of a self-contained system; these are the hallmarks of a thoughtful manager, writer and problem-solver. Margaret begins her work with these tools—whether managing Block Club Labs, contributing to a client project, or in her own creative endeavors involving writing and music. Her studies in psychology and creative writing at New York University and the University at Buffalo further honed Margaret’s ability to see both beauty and function in every opportunity.

Miles Davis

Office Greeter

To many, a visit to Block Club’s office means one important thing: a visit with Miles the labradoodle. Our cuddly office greeter is everyone’s friend. Formerly of Ohio, Miles moved to Buffalo at age 3, and now resides in Allentown, where he enjoys daily walks, sleeping, barking, food and, on special occasions, a human wardrobe. Hard of hearing, Miles understands basic commands in American Sign Language, though he pretends he doesn’t. When he’s not lounging at his colleagues’ feet, he can be found guarding the front window, which he seems to forget is not in his job description. Don’t let his protective demeanor fool you, though; he is, in fact, super friendly and only in constant pursuit of attention and unattended sandwiches. His favorite sitcom is Animal Planet and his favorite drama is “Murder, She Wrote.”

Block Club Labs

An in-house business incubator that turns entrepreneurial ideas into reality.

 

A few years ago, it dawned on us that the business-minded team at Block Club is brimming with marketable ideas. In response, we created Block Club Labs—an employee-owned business incubator designed to foster and make profitable the entrepreneurial ideas of our award-winning team. Block Club Labs also offers full-scale development consulting to clients looking to launch their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Labs projects are developed and executed with the same thoughtfulness and passion that has earned Block Club top branding and strategy accolades around the world. Block Club Labs developed City Dining Cards (later Loupe), a restaurant loyalty tech company. In 2016, Block Club Labs launched IfThen, the first-ever circumstance-based fundraising platform. Most recently, Block Club Labs incubated Oxford Pennant—a wildly successful designer and manufacturer of wool and cotton pennants and banners inspired by American sports traditions.

IfThen
Oxford Pennant Logo

Residency Program

Expanding our worldview, one cultural capital at a time.

 

Each year, we send team members to an international city of their choosing on an extended business and cultural immersion. Dubbed the Residency Program, it represents Block Club’s ongoing effort to infuse the work we do for our clients with innovative practices, fresh methodologies and global perspectives.

During their six- to eight-week stay, employees meet with foreign creative agencies; learn about local art, design and business; and grow acclimated to a non-American way of life—all while working remotely on Block Club projects. Since launching in 2016, the Residency Program has seen team members off to Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen. In the coming year, the Residency Program will touch down in Barcelona and Buenos Aires.