A full-service digital agency, focused on building your brand with creative marketing solutions.

We Are DRK Creative

We are DRK Creative

What do you need to know about DRK Creative? Well, we were formed in 2007 with the goal of creativity with a purpose and return on investment that imminently follows. Clients come to us with potential – we build your brand, give you a push in the right direction and watch as the results roll in. Over 20 years of experience in B2C and B2B advertising and marketing shapes the diverse DRK team into a unique group of problem solvers who deliver strategy-driven, high-impact marketing tools to build your business. We believe good marketing should sell itself, but it needs a push in the right direction. DRK gives you that push and watches your company take off.

Dave Kotlan

Dave Kotlan

Owner & Creative Director


In 2007 Dave Kotlan made the choice to venture out into the advertising world and start a business of his own; one that would focus on design and its ability to impact brands with a promise of return on investment. DRK Creative was the outcome - a marketing and advertising agency that is passionate about its agenda and strives to find new, creative solutions. Since DRK Creative’s formation, Dave expanded the team to his family and trusted colleagues. Today Dave is proud to have created a committed group of creative thinkers who make it a priority to know each brand personally and help companies grow.

Joe Kotlan

Joe Kotlan

Designer & Web Developer


DRK Creative’s Designer and Web Developer, Joe Kotlan, started creating at a very young age. Although his design skills were focused primarily on building spaceships from Legos. Nonetheless, Joe found a love for creating to which he discovered he could limitlessly pursue on the computer. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from UW-Milwaukee and today has expanded his skillset to web development. At DRK Creative he is constantly impressing clients with his dedication to solving brand challenges with design. Joe brings the client’s vision to life and enjoys testing his skills in Adobe. When Joe is not creating on his MacBook you can find him out long boarding, cliff jumping, skiing or catching the latest Marvel movie.

Sarah Kotlan

Sarah Kotlan

Creative Services Copywriter


In 2015, Sarah Kotlan joined the DRK Creative team as its Creative Services Copywriter and Social Media Specialist. While employed, she was also pursuing a degree in Journalism, Advertising and Media studies, which she will complete in December of 2018. Her knowledge of growing up in the millennial era and college education make her an excellent storyteller in traditional and social media. Rest assured, she doesn’t spend all of her time on Twitter and Facebook. Sarah enjoys spending as much time as possible outside, running the trails in Milwaukee, exploring the city for new restaurants, and testing out as many Pinterest recipes as possible.

Kelly Steelman

Kelly Steelman

Associate Creative Director


As you would expect from any artist, Kelly likes to make a strong visual statement. That also goes for accessorizing. She is constantly making an impact with her work at DRK Creative as the company’s Associate Creative Director. For over 20 years Kelly worked in the advertising business to refine concepts and designs to make the right impact. Then in 2017 she joined the DRK Creative team, taking on design challenges and providing creative solutions. Her life outside of the office is anything but ordinary too. You may find her at various concert venues, playing volleyball, visiting art fairs, and spending time with her family.

Our Space

Four walls never stopped us from thinking outside of the box. Welcome to the place where our team turns creativity into results.