Local business owner Thom Baker seeks to leave Columbia a gift when he retires. Tucked away in his equipment-lain home office, Thom Baker of...
Owner, Hoot Design Company
Age : 34
I am the owner of an all-female ad agency of about 7 employees. We specialize in branding, web design and content marketing. It is really exciting working with business owners to create brands that really breathe life into their businesses, especially if they are just starting out. I love the process of learning about what they do, who their dream client is, and figuring out how to reach those people. I love watching people’s businesses grow and thrive, hopefully, in part, because of what we have created. I love working with an all female team of creatives. I love coming to work everyday and solving problems while using visual communication. I love representing our team in the community and selling our work because I truly believe in what we do and how we do it.
My first boss was, and still is, a mentor in my life. When you are starting out in the working world, everything is so foreign and challenging, and I’ll never forget his patience. He taught me so much, not just the applicable skills I needed to be good at my job, but also how to be a good, kind and caring boss. He taught me to put your people first and stand up for them — to lead by example. To care personally and challenge directly.
That we are sleazy. That marketing is just smoke and mirrors and that branding doesn’t matter.
The people I work with and a close second is seeing your work in the real world.
Hiring more employees and landing clients outside of Columbia.
THE BOLD ACADEMY! I’m so proud to be a part of this kick ass team of women — exposing younger women to higher education and rich experiences in our community.
Don’t be humble. Be proud. Be confident, and shout it from the rooftops — your words become your reality.
Oh wow, I love this question.
1. Kick ass airport
2. Better public transportation
3. Better retail shopping, all in downtown Columbia
4. Plaza-like environment around that retail shopping
Hire another writer, I plan to achieve that by leveling up our client list and expanding outside of Columbia.
Be more organized, I would achieve this with a photographic memory that would itemize all tasks into an unforgettable list that could be tapped into at any point — but wouldn’t haunt me when I want to do things like sleep.