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Director of Business Development-Marketing & Brand at Gateway Design

Houston, TX

www.gatewaydesign.com

Gateway Design is a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design.

Introduction
About Me

My name is Austin Wright, and I am the Director of Business Development with Gateway Design. I am a business professional with a constant focus on implementing strategic initiatives that enable consistent revenue growth for any given organization. My business philosophy is built on truly understanding the needs and challenges of an organization while striving to be a strategic partner to the business of my clients.

Business Description

Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure.

Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,
Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System ...to just name a few.

Specialties:
Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

My Skills
account management account retention business analytics cisco call manager client segmentation consultative selling contract recruitment customer relations customer retention customer service database analysis databases demand generation forecasting google earth growth initiatives info pro informatica inside sales key account development lead generation lead management lead scoring leadership development mac os x microsoft office negotiation oracle applications problem solving process improvement product marketing recycling results oriented sage crm sales funnel management sales management sales operations sales process salesforcecom sap netweaver sharepoint soft skills solid waste solution selling strategic planning sustainability strategy team building technical presales time management
Profile Questions
  • What do you like most about your profession?

    You've probably seen a TV commercial or print advertisement that lured you to buy a new gadget or try a new product. Somewhere behind that advertising campaign is a marketing manager aiming to convince you to buy that item. Long before the advertisement interrupted your favorite TV show, a marketing manager set up a focus group to observe how and why people use the product, and tested whether various features of the product made people more likely to want to buy it. Sometimes marketing managers even tweak new items to make them a better fit with specific groups of customers, and they develop pricing strategies that help a company maximize profits without alienating customers. In addition to traditional advertising campaigns, marketing managers need to connect products with customers on Twitter and Facebook and generate buzz through Internet marketing. When the job is done well, the customer will feel like this new product is necessary to have in his or her life.

  • What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?

    What capabilities does your creative marketing and advertising firm offer?

    Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure.

    Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System ...to just name a few.

    Specialties:
    Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

  • Describe a recent client engagement or project.

    We recently took on Phillips 66 company headquarters in Houston to develop both an internal employee enterprise You-Tube and an external Webcasting platform for marketing and external corporate communications. We are now responsible for all internal and external corporate webcasts, both live and recorded, worldwide for Phillips 66.

  • What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?

    Creativity, Unique Skill-sets, and Successful Execution of Strategic Marketing

  • What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?

    Dedicated In-House Account Management, High Ethical Standards, Extremely trustworthy with both the Quality and Content of the work completed for each and every client.

  • How are you different than others in your profession?

    Gateway Design is unique compared to other advertising firms in the United States in that, we are a one-stop-shop, technology-driven, full-service marketing and advertising firm.

    Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure.

    The Coca-Cola Company and Continental Airlines were a few of the first Gateway clients, and helped establish our reputation as a valued partner to Houston’s business, industry and cultural communities. Such Houston institutions as The Houston Zoo, the Phillips 66 Company, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Airport System, the Houston Texans and Amegy Bank of Texas soon joined them.

    In 2011, an intrepid young duo of innovators took over at the helm, energizing and expanding Gateway’s range of capabilities by adding more technology-based products and services, while maintaining Gateway's trademark dedication to strong relationships and consistently superior results.

    Our no-limits ethic and passion for making the impossible not only possible, but also accessible, ensure that our clients will continue to benefit from our obsession to go above and beyond.

    Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System.

    Specialties:
    Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

  • What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?

    Gateway Design was the first design agency in Houston to make the leap to computer graphics, serving as a beta site for Apple Computers, and blazing the trail for the rest of the industry to follow. .

    The Coca-Cola Company and Continental Airlines were a few of the first Gateway clients, and helped establish our reputation as a valued partner to Houston’s business, industry and cultural communities. They were soon joined by such Houston institutions as The Houston Zoo, the Phillips 66 Company, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Airport System, the Houston Texans and Amegy Bank of Texas.
    "In 2011, an intrepid young duo of innovators took over at the helm, energizing and expanding Gateway’s range of capabilities by adding more technology-based products and services, while maintaining Gateway's trademark dedication to strong relationships and consistently superior results."

    As both the needs and offerings of our clients evolve, so do the services that Gateway Design offers.

    Our no-limits ethic and passion for making the impossible not only possible, but accessible, ensure that our clients will continue to benefit from our obsession to go above and beyond.

  • How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?

    As a firm, we encounter a wide-variety of personalities when working with clients. As such, we are very supportive of their business goals and develop creative designs and concepts that relentlessly drive their return on investment to the next level of marketing and advertising operations.

  • Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.

    Manage a consistently growing client base of over 300 organizations of all sizes, while introducing new clients to the award winning Konica Minolta Multifunction Systems, High End Production Print Systems, KIPP Wide Format Plotters and several Document Management Software Solutions. While also demonstrating the value behind our "All-Covered" IT Managed Services' Solutions to improve their overall workflow and improved ROI over competitive offerings.

    These outside business-to-business sales activities and functions included:

    -Meet or exceeded monthly sales objectives.

    -Closed 199% of Quota, 1st quarter's total sales revenue)

  • How long has your firm been in business?

    This is the ideology that has been at the heart of Gateway Design’s practices since our inception in 1989. Gateway Design was the first design agency in Houston to make the leap to computer graphics, serving as a beta site for Apple Computers, and blazing the trail for the rest of the industry to follow. . The Coca-Cola Company and Continental Airlines were a few of the first Gateway clients, and helped establish our reputation as a valued partner to Houston’s business, industry and cultural communities. They were soon joined by such Houston institutions as The Houston Zoo, the Phillips 66 Company, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Airport System, the Houston Texans and Amegy Bank of Texas. In 2011, an intrepid young duo of innovators took over at the helm, energizing and expanding Gateway’s range of capabilities by adding more technology-based products and services, while maintaining Gateway's trademark dedication to strong relationships and consistently superior results.

Work/Experience
  • Director of Business Development-Marketing & Advertising at Gateway Design

    December 2013 — Present

    Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure. Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System ...to just name a few. Specialties: Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

  • President & University Charter Founder-Professional Alumni at Professional Alumni at Pi Sigma Epsilon's Texas State University Chapter

    May 2012 — Present

    Pi Sigma Epsilon has grown to be the premiere organization for motivated and dedicated students looking to maximize their college experience. PSE's goal is to provide collegiate students with practical business experience through sales, sales projects, marketing, marketing research and community service projects.

  • Graduate from Texas State's Professional Sales & Marketing Program at Texas State University-McCoy College of Business

    2008 — 2012

    I graduated with my BBA in Marketing & Professional Sales from Texas State University in May 2012. As President & Chapter Founder of the Texas State University's chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the only National, Sales, Marketing, and Management Professional Honors Fraternity, I coordinated our University's chartering process, developed our marketing campaign, coordinated our corporate sponsorships & professional development activities, and cultivated a membership base of young business professionals.

Education
  • Texas State University-McCoy College of Business Administration

    Degree: BBA

    Field of Study: Marketing with Professional Sales Concentration

    Activities: Pi Sigma Epsilon: Honors Professional Sales & Marketing Fraternity: President & Chapter Founder, American Management Association, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, National Association of Sales Professionals, American Marketing Association, Financial Management Association, Economics Society, Texas State Intra-Collegiate Football Organization, Economics Society of Texas State, and Professional Recreation Organization.

    Start Date: September 2007

    End Date: May 2012

Certifications
  • Chartering Member & President of Pi Sigma Epsilon-Professional Sales & Marketing Fraternity

    Authority: Pi Sigma Epsilon-Zeta Tau Chapter at Texas State University

    License: Zeta Tau Chapter-Texas State University-McCoy College of Business Administration

    Start Date: December 1, 2011

  • Inbound Marketing Certified

    Authority: HubSpot

    Start Date: October 1, 2014

    End Date: November 1, 2015

  • American Red Cross-Adult First Aid/C.P.R./A.E.D. Certified

    Authority: American Red Cross-Greater Houston Area Chapter

    License: Greater Houston Area Chapter Certification

    Start Date: September 1, 2013

    End Date: September 1, 2015

Languages
  • English

    Proficiency: Native or Bilingual Proficiency

  • Spanish

    Proficiency: Limited Working Proficiency

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2425 West Loop South, Suite 200
Houston, TX. 77004
Phone: 7138224716

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