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Meet the team

Laura (Ziebell) Kayata: Owner, Principal and Art Director.

Laura is an award-winning graphic designer and marketing / communications expert. Laura loves beautiful visuals, but fully understands that just “making something pretty” doesn’t mean it’s going to get results. Great marketing requires business experience and an understanding of the relationship between good design and the bottom line! 

Background: Early in her career, Laura worked in advertising -- on the other side of the camera -- as a model with the prestigious Manhattan-based Eileen Ford Agency. For 10 years, she travelled the world, working as a team with the world's top advertising agencies, cosmetic companies, clothing designers, magazines, layout artists and photographers to create the best visuals for ad campaigns or editorial features. 

After a brief stint in the garment industry, she returned to her roots in advertising and marketing, serving as Marketing Manager for the City of McKinney’s Tourism Services, the Director of Marketing and Communications for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce (the fastest-growing city in the U.S.!) and as Vice-President of Marketing for a DFW-based cosmetics firm. She then was named Art Director of HealingLifestyles.com. In these positions, she managed everything from advertising to graphic design, branding, marketing communications, public policy and public relations. 

The birth of metro-grafix: In 2007, she hung out her own shingle and opened metro-grafixLaura’s work has been seen in national and regional magazines and on billboards, signage, and advertising throughout the world. In 2010, she brought on Elizabeth and Kelly, and Jim and Cathy were added in 2012. 

Laura holds a Liberal Arts degree from Mt. Vernon (George Washington University) and lives in Texas in a Historic Landmark home with her husband, Jim, four cats and a dog. She is a graduate of Leadership McKinney and McKinney Citizen's Police Academy. Her continuing education includes Institute of Organizational Management @ University of Arizona (Tucson). She has also served on several Boards of Directors: City of McKinney Tourism Services (appointed by the Mayor), Chestnut Square (Historic Preservation), Crape Myrtle Trails (Municipal Beautification), and the Mt. Vernon / George Washington University Advisory Board. She donates her time and talent to many Dallas area nonprofit organizations, and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

   
Elizabeth – Graphics / Account Manager.
Elizabeth is an award-winning artist, designer and illustrator. She obtained a BBA in Fine Arts from UT / Arlington, graduating cum laude.  

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Cathy – IT, web, emails and systems.
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Jim – Deliveries / shipping + receiving.
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