Mitch Duckler

Managing Partner


Mitch is founder and managing partner of FullSurge, a brand and marketing strategy consultancy based in Chicago, IL. He has over 30 years of line management and strategy consulting experience in branding and marketing, customer and consumer insights, and innovation. His Amazon-bestselling book, The Indispensable Brand, guides readers on how to build a brand strategy that rises above the noise and monotony—transforming brands from indistinguishable into indispensable.

Before founding FullSurge, Mitch was a senior partner in the New York office of Vivaldi Partners Group and a partner in the Chicago office of Prophet, where he co-led the brand strategy practice area. Over the years, he has successfully led engagements for Fortune 500 companies including ExxonMobil, Deloitte, Boeing, Hyatt Hotels, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Cox Business, NBC Universal, Wrigley, Manpower Group, The Home Depot,, and LexisNexis. Prior to consulting, he spent 10 years in brand management and consumer and customer marketing for Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company.

Mitch is also a frequent speaker on key topics related to brand and marketing strategy. In 2021, he delivered a TEDx talk—Define Your Differentiator—at the Cal State-Fullerton TEDx event in Orange County, CA. Over the past 20 years, he has spoken at dozens of high-profile events across five continents. He is a faculty member of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) Marketing Training & Development Center, where he facilitates workshops for member organizations on key topics related to brand strategy. Mitch also chaired the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) Annual National Marketing Conference for four consecutive years. Additionally, he is a frequent interview guest on brand- and marketing-related podcasts, including OnBrand, The MarTech Podcast, Disruptive FM, The Marketing Strategy Show, Brands On Brands, Confessions of a Marketer, and Back of Napkin.

In addition to his book, Mitch has written articles on brand and marketing strategy for top industry periodicals, including Branding Magazine, Brand Quarterly, BrandWeek, Marketing News, and Marketing Management.

Mitch earned a B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.


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