Solve is an independent advertising and branding agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The agency was founded in late 2011 by CEO John Colasanti, President Corey Johnson and Executive Creative Directors Eric Sorensen and Hans Hansen. Prior to founding Solve, Colasanti and Johnson held executive leadership positions at Carmichael Lynch, while Sorensen and Hansen served as creative directors at Fallon Worldwide.
Solve clients include Real'Za Pizza, American Standard, Indian Motorcycles, Slingshot, Bentley Motors, True Value Hardware, Porsche, Raymond James, Galbani, Organic Valley, Medifast, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Orbea, Shopko Stores, Founders Brewing Company, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Radisson Hotels and Sunoco.
In 2016, Solve became the first U.S.-based advertising agency to field a competitive cycling team supporting both an employee passion and the agency's many cycling clients.
Solve was named Midwest Small Agency of the Year at the 2016 Ad Age Small Agency Awards in Miami. The Small Agency Awards are the premier honors saluting outstanding work created by independent shops with 150 or fewer employees. It marked a second Ad Age award for Solve having been previously recognized as a top small agency in 2013.
In January 2017, Solve expanded its leadership team by naming three senior employees to partners, a new position within the five-year old agency. New Partners are Kara Brower, Ryan Murray and Roman Paluta. A fourth partner was added in May. CP+B, 180, Merkley vet Sean Smith, was hired as Executive Creative Director/Partner.