David Hanson, President and CEO
H2M is a privately held corporation with David Hanson at its helm as the agency’s President and CEO. Hanson’s broad-based marketing knowledge and background from the creative side of the business is what provides H2M with a unique perspective and vantage point among other regional agencies headed by leadership from the business side of the industry.
Hanson’s career began in advertising as a jingle writer with Friendship Productions in 1975. From there he branched into television film work in fashion and agriculture. In 1986, Hanson joined the former GL Ness agency and quickly rose to the position of Creative Director. His 14 years at GL Ness garnered 15 Best of Show awards for his creative work as well as national recognition through several well-known award competitions, including the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
Hanson has been author to some of the most memorable and successful campaigns in the region. Some of the campaigns he has created during his long career are:
Chips Free. Dinner Extra.™ for Paradiso Mexican Restuarants
Sit Down And Eat.™ for Kroll’s Diner
We Make Good Things Better.™ for Cass-Clay Creamery
Pleaze. Eat Responzibly.™ for Zorbaz Pizza and Mexican Jointz
You Have A Right To The Best.™ for the Vogel Law Firm
Life Is Rich. You’re Going To Need Some Capital.™ for Capital Credit Union
Fill Up Your Inner Space.™ for Space Aliens Grill & Bar
Breaking New Ground.™ for Peterson Farms Seed
David lives in Fargo during the winter months and on Pelican Lake in Ottertail County during the short summers of the northland with his wife Pam. Together they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Dan Altenbernd, COO
Dan offers H2M clients over 14 years of in-depth advertising and marketing experience. But more importantly, Dan works closely in conjunction with Pres. Hanson with new intellectual property development for H2M and also new business development.
Dan started out in the marketing world as a graphic designer in the printing industry. He soon joined the ranks of the GL Ness ad agency in Fargo before moving on to help grow Vtrenz, start-up interactive marketing agency, also based in Fargo.
With a broad, ever-growing background in design, print, marketing and interactive advertising, Dan has established himself as a true marketing authority. He offers H2M clients a full-spectrum consulting experience.
Dan lives in south Moorhead with his wife, Julie, and their gaggle of children: Jayci, Zoe and Raymond.
Kim Simonsen, Media Director
Kim was one of the original founders of Charpentier/Hovland in 1987. With over 30 years of media planning and buying experience, he is unarguably one of the most experienced and respected media planners/buyers in the region.
Kim lives in Barnesville, Minnesota, a bedroom community of Fargo-Moorhead, with his wife Shaw. They have three sons currently attending college.
Nancy Mansouri, CFO and Director of HR
Nancy serves as H2M’s CFO and also handles Human Resources. Prior to joining H2M, Nancy owned a business consulting firm specializing in companies in transition. She brings over 25 years of experience to H2M through her C level positions in varying industries including banking, non-profit, law, construction and retail - both private and publicly held. Nancy holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA. She also serves as adjunct faculty for NDSU as an instructor in managerial accounting.
H2M‘s brand has been in existence since 2002. It was formed when David Hanson, H2M’s president and CEO, invested in Aha! Advertising. Aha! was, in turn, an offshoot of the former Charpentier/Hovland Advertising, formed circa 1987. Coming from the creative side of the business, Hanson’s unique perspective has helped grow H2M into the most respected creative and also marketing savvy marketing entity in the region.
What does H2M stand for?The name H2M came about when the original concept for H2M included two shareholders with the letter “H” in their last names and one with the letter “M.” One of the H’s and the M have since departed, but the brand H2M remained in place, being instantly recognized through its clientele, press exposure and recognition of its marketing work.