Women & Business July 2019: Candace Kantz
Candace Kantz is Owner and President of CSK Advertising, LLC.
CSK Advertising, LLC.
When Candace Kantz started CSK Advertising, a full-service media planning and buying agency, in November 2015, she was the only employee. Her goal was to find balance in her life — she wanted to make sure she could work and have time for her family.
“My husband and I both work,” Kantz says. “I wanted to be there for my children and not spending hours in my car each week commuting into town. I wanted to make a 5:30 gymnastics class and be there for homework.”
Since that first year, CSK Advertising has grown several hundred percent and now has a team of four employees; Kantz is able to offer those employees the same goals.
“We give the flexibility [for our employees] to be present with their families, but also working hard for our clients,” she says. “I want to employ smart people who want more balance in their life.”
As the president of CSK, Kantz works on day-to-day operations as well as client relationships, planning and buying. She has worked in this field for 23 years, spending time both in advertising agencies and on the client side.
Kantz describes herself as passionate, determined and direct, and says the best advice she has received is that in life you should be constantly learning. She advises other women in business to believe in themselves and love what they do everyday.
“I feel strongly that every woman should be able to support [herself],” she says. “Too many unpredictable things can happen in life. Be able to stand on your own two feet.”
Pittsburgh Magazine's Women and Business recognition program is sponsored by S&T Bank.