We are fortytwoeightynine

This is how we reveal your position.

This is how we reveal your position.

About Us.

You could say we’re a “personal-sized” marketing agency, with big capabilities to guide each brand we represent to its optimal destination.

Our mission is to deliver individualized attention and produce superior results. We use a team-based structure when it comes to serving the needs of our clients. Account strategy, creative, interactive, media, analytics and other disciplines all work collaboratively together. So there are no silos or unnecessary levels. This structure has worked well for us, and we get positive feedback from our clients on the way we conduct our business. No matter how our craft has evolved, and as it continues to do so, fortytwoeightynine believes two critically important aspects still hold true… Relationships and Longevity. Our team of people, and the way each one of us thinks, is the difference. It’s really what sets us apart from other agencies.

The core team who keeps our brand strategies and executions in alignment:

Rick Belinson | President & Brand Strategist
> Amanda Nyen | Account Strategist & Media Director
> Jennifer Hankins | Accounting / Production Manager

> Tony Dzik | Graphic Designer

> Jerrick Hakim | Web Developer

We come together every day because we love marketing, we take representing our clients’ brands seriously, and we are always imagining what could come next. We ask a lot of questions, because we want to hear (and learn from) what you say. Our best long-term partnerships have been based more on listening than just talking. But we will ask you “Why?”, to gain the insights required to understand your mission, as well as “Why Not?”, to challenge everyone involved to think differently and creatively about your situation.



Positioning your brand.

The companies we represent are based in a variety of B2B markets – industrial manufacturing, food processing, marine and automotive, construction and off-highway, renewable energy, coating and finishing – and our “client size” doesn’t fall within a set parameter. Whether you’re a global entity or a US-based group, or a small niche startup trying to make your mark, if you are serious about marketing your brand then that’s what is most important to us. The goal is to communicate your strengths, your differences, and what they really mean…to an industry, to a customer, to solving a problem, to providing the right answer. You have your own unique brand story. It is special to you, it can become very personal, and it matters. Everything we do for your brand needs to matter. It Should Matter. It Must Matter. The agency that represents your company should treat it that way. We do.

Points of interest we may use to navigate your brand, to keep it in alignment:


  • Strategic Planning 

  • Internal/External Brand Identity and Positioning 

  • Content Generation, Copywriting and Storytelling 

  • Online, Digital and Print Advertising 

  • Website Design, Development and Optimization 

  • Targeting Email and Direct Marketing 

  • Sales Collateral Materials 

  • Media Analysis and Recommendations 

  • Data Management and Reporting 

  • Event Marketing and Support 

  • Video Concepting and Production 

You’ll find it here at fortytwoeightynine.

Case Studies.

Our starting point in creating a new brand presence was for Cotta to recognize themselves as a manufacturer of high-performance engineered gearboxes used in diverse applications, and to get away from the perception of just being another industrial transmission supplier.

Here is a recent example of a well-known, global company with a respected brand in the coating and finishing industry who asked our agency to be responsible for the introduction of their new OptiFlex® Pro in North America.

Consistency and relevancy are key elements for a successful brand identity, which brought Rockford Manufacturing Group to our agency’s doorstep.

For this global brand of automotive, marine, industrial and other special driveline technologies that we’ve worked with for over 20 years, video marketing has become more of a vital part of our overall communication strategy.


Take the next step and contact us

Find Us:

12533 Wagon Wheel Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072 | Map

Contact Us:

Office: 815.398.4289