Iowa State University fans, tropical vacation lovers, movie buffs and … digital and traditional media gurus? Brendyn Forke and Michael Van Zanten, our two latest additions to the Media Department, have a lot in common. Another commonality: both recently joined our team as media coordinators, where their main focus is to help place advertisements for our clients’ products and services across a variety of platforms and use innovative media strategies to garner the highest return of investment. They said they’re excited to work in an agency where they can learn about a variety of industries and hone their marketing skills.

Brendyn Forke — a Carroll, Iowa, native — graduated from Iowa State in May 2019 with a degree in marketing and advertising. She has past experience working in a marketing department for a software company, but she’s excited to learn more about agency life.

“I really enjoyed being involved in a small team, but I’m looking forward to being at an agency where everyone is interested in learning and working on the same things I am,” she said.

On Monday nights, you may catch Brendyn rooting for the latest crop of rose-seekers searching for true love on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. On weekends, she’s often cheering on her younger siblings during their school concerts, sports games and dance recitals.

More about Brendyn:


What do you like about working in Des Moines?

I’m a huge family person, so Des Moines was an easy choice for me. I’m close enough to family where I can make trips back home when needed, but I’m still far enough away to live the “city life.” There’s a lot to do in Des Moines, and I’m excited I get to call this area home!

What do you like to do in your free time?

As the oldest of seven kids, I love spending my free time supporting my siblings in their activities — basketball games, softball games, dance recitals, art shows, plays and school concerts. I also enjoy shopping, binge watching TV shows and movies, crafting and hanging out with friends.

What is your favorite restaurant in Des Moines?

I’m a huge fan of Outback Steakhouse … and that may or may not be because I am obsessed with their macaroni and cheese.

If you didn’t work in this industry, what career path would you choose?

I really enjoy being creative, so I could see myself as a graphic designer.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I really want to go to Hawaii. Anywhere with a tropical beach, I’m down.

You can eat one meal for the rest of your life. What is it?

 Chicken alfredo pasta 100 percent. I’m a huge pasta fan.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?

My favorite TV show is One Tree Hill, and my favorite movie is Safe Haven.

If you could spend the day with a celebrity, who would it be?

Joanna Gaines!

Michael Van Zanten grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State with a degree in advertising. Michael knew Trilix was the fit for him after working at other agencies.

“I love how you get to work with so many different clients and learn about different types of businesses while getting to know different principles within advertising and marketing,” he said. “Within an agency, you get to think strategically and creatively.”

More about Michael:


What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a passionate movie fan. I’m also into fitness and like to work out.

Do you have any unique hobbies?

I mentioned that I love movies. I actually have a blog on which I write reviews sometimes for fun. It was something I started when I graduated college. I needed a way to still do something productive with my free time and I like to write. The first movie I reviewed was King Arthur; it was a pretty bad movie.

What is your favorite restaurant in Des Moines?

Jethro’s BBQ

If you didn’t work in this industry, what career path would you choose?

Probably journalism or political science.

What’s one totally irrational fear that you have?

I hate insects and spiders.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

A tropical vacation in Fiji sounds amazing.

If Trilix gave out awards, you would be voted “Most Likely to…

Win a raffle. I’ve won raffles at my two previous jobs. I must have some pretty good luck.

What’s one song you have completely memorized?

Lose Yourself by Eminem

You can eat one meal for the rest of your life. What is it?

Anything chicken! I especially love chicken sandwiches and Chick-fil-A.

What is a song that is the soundtrack to your life?

Gonna Fly Now from Rocky

We look forward to sharing Brendyn’s and Michael’s innovative strategies with our clients!