The entrance to this unpretentious agency is painted a hot, fiery red that definitely makes one do a double take and think “Hot Tomali!!” — exclamation marks and all. The red door blends in so seamlessly with the red walls that, for a few disoriented moments of seeing so much red, one almost expects to be beamed into the offices via a Star Trek transporter.
Inside, however, it’s all cool white walls and work spaces up and down and all around. The founder, Thomas Stringham, looks too young to be President and Creative Director of his own agency but speaks with the experience of one who is and has been for a while. After a quick introduction, he engages our group in a Q&A and highlights the company’s practices and philosophies regarding accounts, client relations, hiring, mentorship, skills, techniques, etc. Having exhausted our supply of questions, he begins the tour of the facilities and, like a true marketer, he begins by showing the perks — a rooftop patio done in hardwood, complete with comfortable outdoor furniture, a barbeque and a stunning view of distant Cypress Mountain. There is an immediate outbreak of oohs and aahs. Much pumped by the emphasis on “outdoor barbeques”, “launch parties”, and “dance floors”, we troop downstairs to trundle through the offices. On the main floor, below the long queue of awards and plaques, on a shelf in the very middle of the room next to the work desks, is a row of chilli pepper powders and sauces. Clearly, there is a love of everything Mexican in this agency. Read More