FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL STRATEGIST
A former financial journalist and magazine editor, Niles launched Wall & Main in 1991. Since then he has helped numerous companies develop innovative solutions to branding and communications challenges. He has played a key role in the launch of turnaround of seven startups and has led projects for Bloomberg, Charles Schwab, Ernst & Young, MasterCard, The New York Times Co., Time Inc. and TWA. A Northwestern University graduate, he held senior positions at Time and Inc. Magazine before starting Wall & Main.
A master wordsmith, Christy writes and edits with remarkable clarity, warmth and humor. After getting a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri, she reported for Advertising Age and New York Newsday, contributed to The New York Times, Money and Forbes magazines and wrote about business and fashion as a columnist for the St. Louis Sun. Most recently, she was editor-in-chief of St. Louis At Home, STL Family and Sophisticated Living.
How your content looks on the page and computer screen has a lot to do with how it is perceived or even whether it is noticed at all. John has spent his career designing award-winning media for financial, consulting and other organizations. He has developed projects for Forbes, Booz Allen Hamilton, The French Government Tourist Office, Hearst, Tata Consultancy, and TIAA-CREF.
Christine authored “Fiscal Fitness: A Guide to Shaping up your Finances for the Rest of your Life” and reported for USA Today, New York Newsday and Business Week. She has received multiple awards for business writing and reporting. She taught in Colombia before getting a master's in journalism at the University of Wisconsin.
Kristen Van Nest
Kristen combines a background in international affairs with clear business thinking and a knack for storytelling. She started her career at Prophet Brand Strategy in New York and subsequently led branding campaigns at FOREO in Shanghai. She is an expert in communicating international brand messages digitally. Kristen is a graduate of the The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and was a Fulbright scholar in Luxembourg.