We are exceptionally good at making things look great and sound better to your audience. For your brand, that translates to a higher emotional appeal to your target market, resulting in a growing and vibrant business. For you, that means greater clarity and confidence.
Each of our team members has had a fulfilling career in the marketing and creative field, ranging from owning and managing a large agency, being founding team members on a variety of startups, to marketing direction for international corporations. Today we have chosen to work with a small collection of startups and early-stage companies that are looking for scalable growth.
While we are not for everyone, if working with us is a fit, we’ll help your business to develop strategies to scale your impact and influence with higher value customers.
MEET THE TEAM
CREATIVE | TECHNOLOGY | STRATEGY | SAILOR
Experienced creative director, marketing mastermind, and brand strategist; Grant has been on the founding team of four unique start-ups, run his own creative marketing firm, been a published writer, and delivered a catalog of marketing campaigns and creative assets for a broad range of clients. Grant counts among his specialties consumer product goods, wine, technology, hospitality, education, and active lifestyle industries.
His clients have included Hilton Hotels, Oakley Sportswear, Sunglass Hut International, Specialized Bicycles, QuikSilver, ABC-CLIO, Flavia Gift Products, Moseley, Nexxus, U.S. Forest Service, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Grant’s philosophy is that success in today’s fast-paced world is a combination of agility, understanding new and developing technologies, strategic direction-setting, building solid teams, and delivering quality creative content. He knows firsthand what it takes to get a business, brand, or product out in front of the pack in today’s highly competitive marketplace.
As an avid and accomplished sailor, Grant applies many of the foundational elements of sailing to augment the brand strategies he develops with his clients: forecasting, teamwork, preparation, and execution.
BRAND STRATEGIST | TRANSFORMATIONIST | MUSICIAN
Thomson Dawson is a trusted brand strategy advisor to leaders and teams in funded startups, early growth, and mid-size companies. He brings three decades of brand development and transformation experience serving leaders and teams in over 150 diverse organizations in the US, Canada and Europe.
His clients have included global companies in diverse industries like Abbott, Amway, Acura, Audi, Brunswick, Coleman, Energizer, Fellowes, Food Lion, Haworth, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard, Honda, Hush Puppies Brand, Harley Davidson Footwear Brand, LaZBoy, Jockey Brand, Mannington Commercial Flooring, Steelcase, Volkswagen, and Varsity Brands.
Over the past decade, Thomson has focused his expertise on writing, speaking and advising business leaders in early growth companies on strategies to increase impact and influence with attract higher value customers. Thomson’ practice specialties include market insight, strategic brand development, value creation, verbal and visual brand expression in sales and marketing channels.
When he’s not advising clients, you’ll find him writing his forthcoming book “The Scalability Factor”, or practicing on his guitar in the middle of a small orange grove in beautiful Ojai, California.
FIRESTARTER | PSYCHOTHERAPIST | ADVENTURIST
MSC, LAC, NCC, CCTP
Kimberly is a creator, a cultivator, and a facilitator. She has a passion and a knack for helping people and organizations tune in, overcome obstacles, and achieve goals using business and self-improvement coaching. Her resume of entrepreneurial endeavors coupled with her clinical training and expertise give her the unique ability to identify opportunities and ignite change.
An experienced public speaker and motivational coach, Kimberly works with management to bring the heart of their redefined brand strategies to life. As Director of Implementation, Kimberly helps clients translate new brand strategies into action-oriented objectives and meaningful processes while energizing and eliciting enthusiastic buy-in from their teams.
With a serious case of wanderlust and a taste for gourmet adventures, when she’s not fanning the flames of change, Kimberly can be found plotting her next travel and gastronomic adventures.