Who We Are
We design the website that excites your prospect's eye, the flyer that'll get 'em in the door, the pen to sign their lease, and the swag to keep them swooning.
We at Winstar love what we do. We understand the student housing market and we thrive on its curve balls. Our core belief is that great relationships, build great campaigns. As a small family owned and operated business, we’ve got almost a decade under our belt. In that time, we’ve learned that while we truly enjoy the creative aspect of our work, it’s the relationships we form in the process that makes Winstar different.
With a decade of experience, student housing is in our DNA. The leasing season can be unforgiving. Adapting to the speed of the student housing leasing season, while maintaining the integrity of your brand is something we strive to be the best at. Whether it's designing a website, increasing your social media presence, or keeping your team looking professional, we use our experience and insight to deliver quality products and services.
Meet Our Team
Born and raised in Waco, Texas, James played collegiate football for Baylor University while he mastered his marketing skills. With an extensive background in retail, James made the leap to professional sports when he took his role in sales with the Dallas Stars Hockey Club. After sweeping coworker Brooke off her feet, the two retired from sports to create Winstar Marketing and grow their family. James works with Winstar's Student Living clients and is responsible for the overall operations and development of the company.
A PR/advertising specialist out of UT Austin, Brooke worked for the Houston Astros baseball team and Children's Miracle Network before joining the front office for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club. The Stars aligned as she met her coworker James Irwin who would become her future business partner and husband. Together they had a dream to build their own marketing venture, and now a decade into Winstar Marketing, they are living this dream. They have three kids and love to SUP on Town Lake in Austin, travel to the mountains and beach, and are always in the midst of a DIY project at home. Brooke works directly with our high-end conventional and hospitality clients and is responsible for Winstar's persona.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Born and raised in central Texas, Keri is a small-town girl who enjoys spending time with her family. Along side her husband and two daughters, she loves to spend time playing, especially outdoors. Whether camping, swimming, basketball, or simply just jumping on the trampoline, she and her family enjoy their precious life together. <Keri has been an integral part of the Winstar family, since Day 1. She oversees accounting, order processing, and daily operations within the company.>
VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE
I’ve been a graphic designer for nearly a quarter of a century, and an illustrator for almost twice as long, which means I’m really old. Currently VP of Creative, I’ve worked in advertising, news television and promotional product graphic design. When I’m not assisting businesses with their branding and marketing, you can find me obsessing over font foundries or listening to lots of DJ mix sets. I also enjoy reading comics, hanging out with my amazing wife - also a graphic designer - spoiling our two cats, and eating way too much Tex-Mex, probably. I do not know karate and am sorely in need of a haircut, or at least a cool hat. <As head of the creative department, Jess oversees all creative concepts and direction for Winstar. So, he's pretty much the coolest guy that ever existed.>
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CLIENT RELATIONS
I have 2 beautiful, spunky kiddos and a husband who swears he is my better half (wink). We love to be outdoors and enjoy the company of our friends and family. In our free time, we go camping as much as possible. Camping is our JAM, and we are thankful to live in a beautiful state where we can camp almost all year long! I am incredibly thankful to be a part of this amazing Winstar family! <Brandy is the perfect combination of fun AND professional, and she exudes this every day as our Senior Director of Client Relations. Need anything? Brandy will have it to you in a flash and with a smile.>
I'm a laughter enthusiast, lover of all things creative, preserver of memories, and a truly terrible chef. I believe that kindness is cool and Tex-Mex food should be an official food group. Once upon a time I wanted to be an olympic gymnast, but could only get as far as mastering a hand stand in the swimming pool. I am an extroverted introvert and skilled Mario Kart N64 player. My hubby, family, friends, and team Winstar are huge blessings, and I am thankful for them all day every day! <Steph oversees Winstar's image as well as those of our clients, and she's sure to bring her humor, creativity, and passion to every single project. She is also the wizard behind our social media curtain!>
LESLEY VAN DUSEN
DIRECTOR, CLIENT RELATIONS
I am married to my trophy husband with two kiddos. I have my bachelor's degree from Texas State University, even though the entire time I was there it was Southwest Texas University. Eat ‘Em Up Cats! Traveling is something I wish I could do ALL the time! <As the Director of Client Relations, Lesley oversees Winstar's client projects from start-to-finish and wraps them up with a big, pretty bow. She is queen of multi-tasking and follow-ups, and absolutely thrives on delivering the perfect product for a client's marketing purposes."
MANAGER, CLIENT RELATIONS
I am a mother to 3 beautiful children; 2 girls and 1 boy. We fill our lives with baseball and dance, and when we aren’t chasing hobbies we love to travel and make new adventures. We go to the beach as often as possible and enjoy camping trips with our friends in this beautiful state. We live, laugh and love everyday to its fullest! We filled our family with even more love and support when we joined the Winstar family! <As the Manager of Client Relations, Tiffani extends her love of laughing and fostering relationships with Winstar's very important clients. She will always take care of you.>
I am a comic book, hockey, and metal band fanatic, and I can speak in detail for an undetermined amount of time about any of these topics. I have two awesome dogs and a really cool girlfriend who keep me laughing. My favorite party trick is spinning any square pillow on one finger and I will never ever drop it. EVER. I love to travel and have toured with my band, Everyone Dies In Utah, through almost all 50 states, Canada, as well as the UK and Europe. The band is where I got my start in graphic design, and I am having a blast transferring my skills over to a modern corporate canvas. I am stoked to be part of the Winstar team, and I can’t believe I get to make art for a living.
Working with Winstar Marketing over the past ten years has been a pleasure. Their professionalism, positive attitude and can-be-done mentality has not gone unnoticed. I trust Winstar with all of my marketing needs! Reagan Rybolt | ClubCorp
I plan on using Winstar for all of my properties! Their customer service has always been amazing, and I truly appreciate how they understand our crazy Student Housing world. Noel Crouch | Asset Campus Housing
Working with Winstar Marketing is like having a partner in the printing business. The customer service is excellent and I know I can count on James and his staff to work their hardest to produce a quality product that not only represents CORD, but themselves as well. Darin Brock | CORD Communications
All Method With A Dash Of Madness
Chaos happens, we get it. We've built an ordering process that gets your marketing items out the door and down the path of least resistance.
Proof of Concept
We'll produce a proof of concept that brings your ideas to life. We strive to get it right the first time. If you have changes, we'll quickly and happily make them for you.
- Easy approval process
- Vivid concept imagery
- Polished work
Shipped Out The Door
We work hard to get you what you need, when you need it. We provide fast turnarounds and shipping so you can keep up with the busy leasing season.
- 1-2 day shipping for most items
- High quality finished product
- Quality Guarentee