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Owen founded Slingshot in 1995 with the belief that clients and agencies were missing out on opportunities enabled by the exploding media landscape and digital environment. Prior to that, he spent seven years running businesses as diverse as Tom-Thumb Grocery Stores, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Pergo Flooring at The Richards Group. Owen started his career planning media for brands owned by Nestlé and Anheuser Busch for what is now known as Publicis Mid-America. One of Owen’s first loves was architecture, which was his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. Later Owen would return to his hometown of Dallas where he would earn his MBA at SMU. And while he’s worn many hats throughout his career, his favorite two are those of husband and dad.LinkedIn
David may seem mild mannered, but plans to make your brand famous are brewing. He has 16 years of experience of leading big names like ATT@Home and HealthSouth.com as well as start-ups like iChoose.com. His fortes include: establishing consumer brands in any media and leading marketing teams in design and development of large websites as well building large databases. In his 11 years at Slingshot he has worn many hats. Today, in addition to running Slingshot’s B2B practice, David oversees daily operations including the strategy, programming, web production and media functions within the Agency.LinkedIn
Karen has been with Slingshot for over eight years and in that time has proven that her energy puts a spark plug to shame. With over 25 years of financial and accounting experience, from public accounting with a large global firm to advertising agencies of all sizes, Karen definitely has us covered in the money department. Proud and vocal about being a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen shows her Longhorn pride wherever she goes. And it’s no surprise that her first childhood calling was to be a veterinarian – she and her husband are parents to no fewer than five canine companions.LinkedIn
Susan began her career as an Art Director working for NYC advertising legends Jerry Della Femina and Cliff Freeman. Later she joined BBDO/NY where she rose up the ranks to Sr. VP Creative Director working for clients like Pepsi, Visa and AOL. She met the prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, and her Super Bowl spot for Pepsi which featured “The Osbournes” earned her an Emmy nomination. Her mantle at home includes a few Clios, a Lion, Effies, Addys and the London Internationals. Susan has also created her own charitable line of vintage rock ‘n roll style apparel for dogs called TORU.LinkedIn
Gordon, a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University, is on his second stint at Slingshot, returning as Vice President of Media Services. Prior to rejoining the agency, he founded Marketing & Media Partners, a consultant-based marketing and media services firm, working directly with clients and agencies on planning, strategy and business development initiatives. Over the years he has led media for clients such as Big A Auto Parts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Greyhound, Joe’s Crab Shack, Mission Foods, Subway, Suzuki Motorcycles, and Tony Roma’s. Gordon is an adjunct instructor at Southern Methodist University where he teaches media to undergraduate advertising majors.LinkedIn
Award-winning author. Former marketing agency owner. Listed in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who In Advertising. Our co-leader of account service has quite a list of accomplishments. His book, Underdog Advertising was winner of USABookNews.com Best Books 2006 National Book Awards in the “Business: Marketing & Advertising” category. His work has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally. Paul was also president of Flowers & Partners Marketing Communications for 23 years, before merging his advertising agency with Slingshot. Today Paul runs Circa 46, a Slingshot company that specializes in marketing to seniors.LinkedIn
Just one conversation at a college recruiting event convinced Owen to offer Kristy her first job. And she’s spent 14 years since then shaping Slingshot’s digital point of view and telling clients’ stories in ever-changing digital landscapes. With two gold EIMAs, a silver Addy and numerous other awards to her name, she sure knows how. Clients including Taco Bueno, Borden, Pie Five Pizza, GameStop and Jack Daniel’s served up business problems she’s deftly solved with forward-thinking digital strategy and execution that drive real results. A marathon runner, a Texas Longhorn and fervent NASCAR fan, Kristy spends off time with her husband and their young son.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Tony Balmer is an original Mad Man. A strong account leader with a proven track record of revenue growth for his clients and his agency, Tony’s account experience includes Subaru of America, Exxon Mobil, Hunt-Wesson Foods, Hilton Hotels and, most recently, Texas Tourism, Susan G. Komen, Borden, and Warheads Candy.
As Director of Account Management, Tony is a big believer that account management is a craft to be honed with hard work, the willingness to sweat the details, the ability to be a really good listener, and the conviction that success as an account person is never about you and always about your team and your client.LinkedIn
An Effie Award. Three Telly Awards. Worldwide recognition as one of McDonald’s top 88 employees. Bob is big on striving for excellence and adds 25+ years of consumer marketing experience to the Slingshot team. With years spent in managing brands hands-on from the perspective of both client and agency, Bob has provided solid strategic thinking and creative problem solving to countless national brands such as the Frito-Lay’s Better For You portfolio of products, national marketing for TGI Friday’s and leading brand repositioning work for Sara Lee Foods premium deli meats and cheeses, among others.LinkedIn
Nicole, aka Wonder Woman, is an accomplished marketer with 13+ years of brand strategy and marketing experience under her gold belt. Some of the brands she's worked her magic on include Samsung Mobile, Hyundai, Head and Shoulders, Cheerios, Dr Pepper, and Borden. Her insightful analysis and original thinking across multiple industries like B2B, technology, retail, and consumer packaged goods have proven invaluable. Nicole continues to use her superpowers for good on the client side providing research, business analysis and strategic direction for successful brands in the fashion and technology categories.LinkedIn
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