We are a team of high-caliber creatives, strategic thinkers and tenacious problem solvers. Never rusty. A tad quirky… and always a blast to work with. Meet the crew:
Rusty George | Creative Principal
Rusty applies over 25 years of creative wisdom to supervise a team of highly-skilled artists and thinkers producing compelling brand experiences for a variety of clientele. When not guiding clients through the studio's brand process, he can be found speaking at any number of regional conferences on the importance of telling a strong story through visual communications.
Secret To the Universe: It’s held together by duct tape.
Carlos Lozano | Art Director
Carlos is an impressively diverse art director & designer who pushes his team to develop solutions that are visually exciting and innovative. His multidisciplinary skill set was honed while working with some of the top names in the fight sports industry where he unleashed creative that packed a serious punch and sometimes a kick. He is fueled by an aggressive intake of coffee, self criticism, and the need to deliver the best creative for the client and their audience no matter what. He is also accepting donations to take a sweet vacation to Bali.
Secret To the Universe: Failing Upwards
Hana Kato | Creative
Hana’s life as a creative first came to light when her school district offered to purchase her rendition of a Matisse painting while she was in 6th grade — an offer she refused. While attending Western Washington Universities’ design program, Hana developed a solid foundation in visual thinking and critical analysis. Eventually she made her way down to Tacoma, where she chased her dreams of merging design and social justice by working for Tacoma Community House. Hana brings to the table a background in nonprofit marketing, solid design skills, expertise in UX and front-end programming, and an endless capacity for learning and drinking tea.
Secret To the Universe: Dancing
Julie Burr | Strategist
Julie cut her teeth as an account coordinator, and has been in the biz longer than she would like to admit. Her on-the-job education and jump-into-the-deep-end business approach have driven marketing strategies for companies ranging from small business consultants to Fortune 500 companies. Part marketer, part runner, part self-contained energy source, Julie brings marketing strategy to life (and she's one heckuva bowler).
Secret To the Universe: Enthusiasm is contagious.
Jennifer McCorkle | Account Manager
Jennifer is a client-centric Jedi who utilizes the Force in order to represent and maintain the client’s objectives. Her proficiency in account management cuts across industries, from manufacturing to IT. She uses her powers of organization and multi-tasking for the greater good and can be found obsessing over the details, keeping an eagle eye on budgets and timelines, and rooting for UW. GO DAWGS!
It’s far better to spoil the ending than to wait for the surprise.
Matt Elbon | Creative
Matt’s experience as a designer goes back to his youth – drawing all over his grade school homework instead of completing it. He moved to Washington from Iowa to attend Seattle Central College to hone his skills and learn multiple creative disciplines. It was the fire from a particular agency that forged him into a design powerhouse. When he’s not herding pixels, he can found spending time with his family here in T-Town.
Secret To the Universe: Maniacal Laughter
Erica Riker | Creative
As a kid in Upstate New York, curating her own 25¢ marker-and-paper solo shows, Erica knew she needed to work in the arts. After honing solid visual ideation skills during her design studies in NY, she moved from coast to coast collaborating with artists along the way and learning invaluable problem-solving and technical skills working with both self-taught and seasoned designers, molding her into the multifaceted designer she is today. Erica cherishes the responsibility of creating compelling visual voices for every client, and she is constantly gaining inspiration from the newest design trends, the timeless classics, and really hot chicken wings.
Secret To the Universe: Warm cats
Sarah Terry | Creative
Sarah is a designer, perfectionist, food enthusiast and lover of RPGs. Interested in art at a young age, she studied Graphic Design in Orlando, Florida and went on to work for agencies in the area. Hungry for a change of scenery, she later moved to the west coast. Sarah's expertise is in branding and identity design and illustration, and she is always striving to learn about other aspects of design. When she's not glued to a sketchbook or computer screen, Sarah plays video games, reads comics and attempts to cuddle with her cat.
Secret To the Universe: Sleeping in
Seeking | Marketing Manager
Candidates Only Please.
Rusty George Creative is a leading branding agency in the South Sound and we are looking for a Marketing Manager to help round out our offerings. You must be a strategic thinker with a solid know how of modern marketing warfare. You will be a vital part of our team, leading the charge in determining our clients' needs, conducting research and applying tactics to make them stand out from their competition.
Its a noisy world out there. You can't drive awareness with just a website and a billboard anymore. You need to be at the top of your game using today's tactics to make any real impact. You have to start with relevant data using web-based analytic tools in order to develop the right kind of content. You have to build your reputation through social media as well as automated marketing, and sometimes drag your audience in through outbound marketing tactics like e-mail, direct mail or ppc. And then finally you have to analyze your results, make adjustments and start all over again. This is what you will be handling for our clients on our team.
Your responsibilities may include
- Ask our clients probing and productive questions to determine their needs and goals
- Conduct audits of our clients' brands, marketing methodology, competition and industry trends and find opportunities to improve their approach
- Develop inbound strategies based on web-based analytic tools
- Develop outbound strategies including marketing plan, content calendar, social media tactics, media recommendations etc. as necessary
- Participate in brainstorming sessions with the Creative Team to conceive and develop campaign directions (keep in mind this is NOT a designer position)
- Procure and develop content for client projects and posts. You will be copy-writing and managing outside copywriters so copy-writing and storytelling skill is a major plus. As in, do you know the difference between "to, too and two?" You better brush up, bucko...
- Analyze data and refine marketing tactics on an ongoing basis. Consult and report to clients regularly
- Assist in identifying, courting and pitching new business leads
- Adhere to budgets and assigned hours
- Strong copy-writing skills is a major plus
- Strong understanding in modern inbound/outbound marketing trends (social media, digital media, web-based
- SEO and analytic tools, tracking, PPC, etc.)
- High organization skills
- Strong presentation skills, ability to speak in front of an audience and think on your feet
- Creativity, imagination and energy
- Ability to self monitor time and record via company's time tracking software
- Strong work ethic - inherent understanding that this is actually a job and not an excuse to sit around all day on Facebook
- Agency experience is a plus, as well as experience in manufacturing, transportation or staffing industries
If you believe you have the caliber of talent required to join our team we invite you to send your resume and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
. No phone calls please.
PLEASE NOTE: E-mailed or physically mailed correspondence only. An automatically sent link from your Linked In profile displays a lack of initiative unworthy of our ideal candidate and will be immediately discarded. Unsolicited phone calls are not appreciated. Thank you!
Kitura George | Operations Manager
Kitura is a super-organized, uber-detailed, list-making, budget watching asset to the company. She also happens to be the wife of the infamous Rusty George. Her past work-including wedding planning and community relations-make her an expert at keeping us focused on the big picture.
Secret To the Universe: Confidence is like lip gloss, all you have to do is put it on.
Leah Ettenhofer | Creative
The youngest member of the design team, Leah earned her place by interning at RGC. Her performance showed skill and innovation and she gained a position even before graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle. Since then, her design skills have grown to include web design and front-end development. When she’s not staring at a computer screen, she likes to go to the gym and lift heavy things, and put them back down again.
Secret To the Universe: Read more books. Have better grammar. Win.
Jacquelyn Marcella | Traffic Manager
Jacquelyn ensures that all projects follow an orderly and timely flow through the shop. Surrounded by a team of big picture visionaries and high-level thinkers, she knows it’s all in the details and works to make sure even the “small stuff” isn’t overlooked. She occasionally takes a break from her relentless focus on meeting deadlines to master the precise art of baking cookies.
Secret To the Universe: When in doubt, add garlic.
Crissy Pagulayan | Account Manager
Crissy's experience in account management includes working in agencies small and large from the beautiful Pacific Northwest to the Isle of Hawaii. Her role is to be the main point of contact for you. She schedules internal and external meetings, manages project budgets and timelines and acts as your advocate when allocating shop resources. When she is not leading a team of stellar account managers, you can find her giving pony rides to her preschooler, feeding her baby, making dinner for her husband and walking the dog…all at the same time.
Secret To the Universe: Jazz hands
Chris McInerney | Creative Director
Chris brings over two decades of experience of creating award winning brands, packaging, web and interactive experiences. He has worked with companies ranging from boutique wineries to Fortune 100 corporations. When he’s not busy solving the world’s design problems, you can find him cruising in his classic convertible truck.
Secret To the Universe: Design is a good idea
Sir Winston | Ruler on High
Some think Sir Winston’s main responsibility is keeping the floor clear of spilled popcorn. Others think it’s his alerting the team of any nefarious activities out the back window. But we all know his main purpose is to be included on our website as one of the team members in order to annoy haters who think having dogs on a creative agency website is passé. Woof. woof.
Secret To the Universe: Begging