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Slingshot Turns 20: Interviews with Slingshotters

People have always been priority No. 1 at Slingshot: happy, productive team players who take pride in what they do and enjoy working with each other and for our clients each and every day. With this being our 20th anniversary, we thought the best way to reminisce on the past two decades would be to ask a group of longtime Slingshotters to give their thoughts on the agency, its growth, its evolution, its culture, its achievements and why people tend to stick around. Here’s what they had to say.

Why did you want to work at Slingshot?

Jimmy Flores, Creative Director, Slingshotter for seven years: I spent 10 years working in the business and was looking for a place to work that truly thought about its clients’ businesses holistically. I didn’t believe there should be a line between traditional and digital. I was impressed with Slingshot’s work and loved the way it was integrated at its core.

What are some of your favorite achievements during your time at Slingshot?

Scott Eagle, Management Supervisor, Slingshotter for seven years: One achievement that’s up there is working on the “Lobster Moments in History” campaign for Joe’s Crab Shack. We had a tiny budget to produce a series of in-house videos for an online buy. It was great seeing a team put in extra time—off the clock—to make the work happen. We also had to figure out how to create a kickass set in the War Room from props borrowed from Slingshot employees’ homes. It was fun a project that won a national award! Boom.

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What are some of your favorite memories in Slingshot culture? 

Kristy Ladner, Vice President, Digital Presence, Slingshotter for 16 years: For our annual Halloween competition, we decorated the sixth-floor like a graveyard and learned the dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Practicing our routine leading up to the competition, which we won, will always be one of my favorite memories of Slingshotters joining together and having fun while working toward trying to do the best job we could. 

How have you seen the Slingshot's culture change?

Brandi Vess, Controller, Slingshotter for eight years: One of the biggest changes is that Slingshot has challenged the employees to think about the future and focus on what will make us better, encouraging all employees to bring ideas to the table, no matter your department.

How have you seen Slingshot change as a company?

David Young, Chief Operating Officer, Slingshotter for 13 years: Several years ago we found ourselves in the role of being a digital agency for large brands. We were making money and working with great brands, but we were executing other people’s ideas, which we found somewhat thankless. We decided to make a change, and committed our resources to hiring the right leadership to give us the credibility to own the brand. Today we are viewed as a credible, strategic, brand-driven agency that can win AOR assignments such as Texas Tourism, Susan G. Komen and American Home Shield.

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Why have you stayed at Slingshot so long?

Kristy Ladner, Vice President, Digital Presence, Slingshotter for 16 years: I can honestly say from day one that the second I started to feel bored or look over to greener grass, I would be given a new challenge for a client that I couldn’t resist sinking my teeth into. Or I’d be given a new skill to learn or a new team to manage. Now, with my role being responsible for constantly learning about the evolving digital space, it’s never a dull day. There’s always something new to learn.

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What are you looking forward to in Slingshot’s future?

Jason Foster, Director of Infrastructure, Slingshotter for 15 years: Continued innovation. Leveraging technology to help solve our clients’ challenges. New opportunities to work with the latest technologies to improve the culture at Slingshot.

Why do some Slingshotters stay with the company so long?

Kim Davis, Digital Operations Director, Slingshotter for nine years: For me, it isn't so much the parties and beer carts as it is the people I work with. We have a good time working with each other and really are passionate about what we do for our clients. We celebrate our successes together and learn from our failures together. What could be better than that?

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Posted Mon, Mar 2, 2015 by Slingshot in News