Risk-Taker Vignettes

We were excited to partner with CEO Update on its fourth annual Association Leadership Awards. Following last year’s strolling interviews, we decided to embrace the show’s “risk-taking” theme and try something bold. Something different. Something totally unexpected.

Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

ALA pays recognition to well-respected and well-known faces within the association community. These are some of the biggest names in Washington! They literally require no introduction. So how do you pay respects without patronizing a massive audience of 600+ attendees? Leading up to the event, Sarah and Kate sat down with each recipient to talk about their early career, before they were titans on the Hill. We urged them to share a little known but hugely important moment when they put it all on the line.  When they took their “biggest risk.” 
What lead up to this moment? Risk takers tell all
Unique animation treatment to transport viewers

Rocking a “SchoolHouse” Vibe

After Patrick cut together these make-or-break vignettes, we applied a unique animation treatment to transport viewers into the past. Inspired by a recent segment on ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’ (which was itself inspired by a ‘Schoolhouse Rock’), we developed a distinct stick figure style that charmingly recreated the honorees’ stories as they told them. While this risk-taking series was decidedly silly (supplemented with a screwball sound design), it never lost sight of the incredible subject matter. From unknown technology investments to risky career changes, these stories provided glimpses of the leader-making moments that would define the professional legacies of Susan Neely, Stephen Lieber and Jerry Giovaniello. 
Meet the Nerds

Patrick Fitzsimmons

In an average day, you can catch Patrick running from office to office, with a notepad in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

Kate Kelly

Kate is no stranger to tackling tight deadlines while remaining unreasonably positive and effective.

Sarah Wides

Sarah is as passionate about her love of television and video as she is about her love of sandwiches, which is to say – quite passionate.

Dan Crane

Dan is that everyman character in a movie that the audience will best relate to.

Phil Eisenberg

Emerging from a diverse background of product promos to World Cup Ski Racing, Phil can now be found on site with clients or in the edit bay.

James Favata

James specializes in exploring new avenues, and who knows, together you may even end up off the map.

James Loizou

Perhaps best epitomized by his signature red sneakers and tie, James Loizou enjoys walking a fine line between creating and business-ing.

Kate Burns

Kate leads the team of marketing nerds and is responsible for executing key projects for the firm.

Maddie Abram

Maddie spends her days managing marketing events and encouraging the nerds to make fun and exciting intro videos.