About Mark Knoles

“Creativity is the expression of a passionate heart. Everything else is the canvas on which it is seen.”

Mark is the Director of Marketing Production at Gate6 Digital Agency. With more than 15 years experience in creative marketing—including commercial art, web and graphic design, and video production—his unique sensibility in creative production is instantly recognizable.


From his earliest days in artistic endeavors—beginning at age 3 with a first place entry in a local merchant’s advertising contest—the fine arts have been a central influence in Mark’s work. His award-winning high school art, graphic design, and multimedia projects laid the foundation for his interest in digital media and marketing.

At Grand Canyon University, Mark received his B.A. in graphic design and graduated with honors.

In his early career, Mark launched out into web design and development, filling a crucial need among businesses and nonprofits in the emerging web of the early 2000s. His creative consulting work would eventually expand to include print design and direct mail, theater advertising, publications, logo design, and video projects.


In early 2007 Mark joined the staff at Phoenix First as Art Director, where he redefined the branding and marketing of one of the largest churches in the US. While simultaneously improving infrastructure in content management and ROI in marketing, his work at Phoenix First received critical acclaim both internally and nationally for its achievements and quality.

As Art Director at Phoenix First, he developed a tightly-integrated online marketing, publications, and social media strategy while setting a new standard for quality in the organization’s web, print and video productions.

Taking Flight

Mark brought the same sensibilities to his role as Principal of Take Flight Creative in the next generation of online marketing and creative productions.

From high-impact motion graphics to web development, large-format display design to direct mail campaigns, and social media strategy to UX design, Mark’s broad experience and passionate focus on excellence produced client-pleasing results.

Enter the Gate6

Mark joined the creative team at Gate6, a full-service digital agency. There, his role quickly evolved into the Director of Media Production, overseeing creative productions including commercials, branded content, event filming, motion graphics and animation.

Mark and his team have produced a collection of award-winning video and animated productions, receiving more than two dozen Telly Awards, multiple W3 Awards including Best in Show, several AMA Spectrum Awards including the People’s Choice Award, and top honors from the Communicator Awards, Creativity International Awards, MarCom Awards, Aurora Awards, Hermes Creative Awards, Videographer Awards, and AZIMA.

Mark has been specifically recognized for his film direction, use of motion graphics and animation, as well as art direction and graphic design. He is also a professional member of the Silver Telly Council, AMA, and AIGA.

More recently, his role at Gate6 has expanded to Director of Marketing Production, working with subject matter experts to execute effective marketing strategies for clients. Combining his experience in web development, UX, video production, email, social media, and analytics, Mark’s fresh ideas are taking marketing production to new heights.

Additional Info

Mark is a published writer, photographer, and illustrator. He has served as adjunct professor of digital film production at Grand Canyon University. He has also guest lectured at national conferences and has conducted workshops on topics ranging from web design and video production to marketing and social causes.