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11 Apr 2012
05 Apr 2012
The Kansas City Business Journal recognized Summit Marketing as a top 15 advertising agency located in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
Ranking agencies based on locally generated advertising income for calendar year 2011, the Kansas City Business Journal has identified Summit Marketing as one of the city’s very best. With a legacy of more than 26 years of delivering creative and award winning solutions for commercial, not-for-profit and government clients, Summit Marketing continues to build on its story of achievement.
Key messages to consider as it relates to this ranking:
- During its 26 year history, Summit Marketing has worked through the ebbs-and-flows of the advertising business and continues to be a successful agency; constantly working to investigate and develop new and innovative solutions.
- Appearing as a top 15 advertising agency during these turbulent economic times reveals the character of Summit Marketing’s team and the strategic vision of its leadership.
- Summit Marketing has delivered creative solutions for clients including the American Red Cross, the U.S. Army and Applebee’s. As the strategic partner, Summit Marketing’s work has ensured clients achieve their strategic goals and objectives; Summit Marketing’s success is measured by the success of its clients.
- Summit Marketing is proud to maintain an office in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As Summit Marketing continues to grow its business, the agency does so in the backdrop of a warm and inviting city.
- It is an honor to be mentioned alongside other great Kansas City based agencies.
While being named a top 15 advertising agency for 2011 is a great achievement, Summit Marketing will not be resting on its laurels and is already working towards even greater success for 2012.
You can view the digital publication at this link and the list is available on page 6. Please note that we are also listed in the Top 10 agencies (number 9) for number of employees!
07 Feb 2012
How many of us focus on things that we should do and do not realize we should also consider things we should STOP doing? Well this is a great little blog entry just to that point. It’s short, it’s concise and I happened to enjoy it – hope you do too!
27 Jan 2012
I’m not a violent person. But sometimes there are TV spots that make me want to punch the actors in the face. It’s nothing personal against the actors. I’m sure they’re nice fellas. They just happen to be playing roles that annoy the hell out of me. So much so that I want to punch them in the face.
The current spot that makes me want to turn into Chuck Norris is for AT&T’s 4G service. If you watch any sports on TV, you’ve probably seen it about 337 times. In the spot there are two guys tailgating at a football game. Well, to be accurate, they’re in a parking lot surrounded by people tailgating. You see, they’re not actually tailgating. They’re sitting there, staring into their phones and condescendingly responding to other guys asking them if they’ve heard about some news. “That’s soooo 27-seconds ago.” They say.
I’m sorry, but if I’m ever at a tailgate party and these two losers were talking down to me because I was actually interacting (in person) with other human beings and having fun, instead of obsessing about the news feed on my phone…yeah, I’d ‘soooo’ want to punch them in the face. Put the phones down. Grab a drink and play some damn corn hole! OK. I feel much better. Thanks for allowing me to get that out of my system. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvVVQGgbKk0&w=560&h=315]
What characters from ads, past or present, would you like to punch in the face? Flo from Progressive? Dan Cortese when he did spots for Burger King way back in the day? You gotta have one. Consider sharing it a free therapy session.
If you can’t think of any, I’ll give you an easy one below. But instead of punching this guy in the face, you may just want to throw a scalding cup of coffee in his face.
13 Dec 2011
Good afternoon, all:
Last Friday, 12/9, Rich Breen and I had the opportunity to make a personal delivery of over 500 DVDs – collected by Summit Employees – to the Fisher House DC VA Medical Center location.
You’ll recall that all six Summit locations collected new and used DVDs as part of our “Reel Soldiers” campaign back in early 2010. A total of 1,408 (Wow!) were collected and shipped to Crystal City.
The intent was to then deliver them to Army Wounded Warrior/Warrior Transition Commands around the country. However, given various Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) challenges, changes in Army personnel, and other logistical concerns, we held on to the DVDs until 2011 and formulated a wider distribution plan.
Specifically, since the National Fisher House Foundation Headquarters is right here in Rockville, MD, we decided to approach them about accepting some of our DVDs at their multiple nation-wide locations. We would then supplement the Fisher House activity with a shipment to the large Warrior Transition Units at the newly re-located Walter Reed and/or Ft. Belvoir facilities.
Fisher House confirmed that they had nine out-of-state houses in need of DVDs. Thus far, we have shipped cases to: Houston, Albany (NY), Tampa, Bay Pines (FL), Augusta (GA), Honolulu, Travis AFB (CA), Ft. Hood, and Seattle. That’s a total of 576 DVDs!
Then, the Foundation mentioned that they had a brand new House in DC; it just opened in September of this year.
In the words of the DC House Manager, Master Sergeant (Ret.) Kenneth Merritt, “Summit would be like angels to us! We have new TVs and DVD-players in all 20 of our rooms plus our main Den area. Yet, our residents are asking why we don’t have any DVDs they can watch? I’ll take whatever you can send us. Summit will actually be starting our own Video Library!”
So, on December 9th, we presented 512 DVDs to the DC Fisher House. A link to the formal letter from Summit, plus three photos from the afternoon, are enclosed for your enjoyment.
A sincere “Well-Done!” to all of Summit!
Michael R. Nadonley
Summit Government Solutions Group
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Michael R. Nadonley
Summit Government Solutions Group
2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 750
Arlington, Virginia 22202
01 Dec 2011
The holiday decorations are out and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. I love it! It’s amazing how much a tree and some lights can perk up my mood. A BIG thank you to Caitlin and Megan for transforming the office into Santa’s Workshop.
You can check out photos on the Summit Facebook page:
30 Nov 2011
Greetings all …
By way of introduction, my name is Doug Toomay and I’ve joined Summit Marketing as Director of New Business Development. I look forward to applying all of my business development passions, experience and relationships to begin securing new clients for our agency!
Most recently I served as Sr. Account Director at Datacore Marketing where I was responsible for generating profitable revenue and growth across a group of key agency accounts. Prior to Datacore, I’ve held business development and marketing leadership roles for Hallmark Loyalty/Business Expressions (the relationship marketing agency division of Hallmark Cards) and Cerner Corporation.
I’m active in the local and national direct marketing and advertising communities. I’ve also held various board member roles for the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association including Vice President of Branding and Promotion, and e-Newsletter Chair.
Yes, I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Dana (pronounced Danna). When we are not out riding the motorcycle, we enjoy learning about the latest advancements in technology from Jacob, our 11-year-old son. We also “attempt” to keep up with Kendall, our 8-year-old daughter and soccer fanatic.
I’ve already seen that Summit Marketing has a good mix of college alumni and rivalry, which should make March Madness a lot of fun! I’m a K-State Wildcat and my family does, in fact, bleed purple. My focus of study while at KSU was Business Administration with majors in Marketing and International Business.
If I’ve not already had the chance to meet or talk to you in person, I look forward to doing so very soon. Until then … have great days!
21 Nov 2011
I know that brag week is over, but I just had to let you all know that my son will be playing in the Missouri Class 6A Football Championship Game on Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Friday. For those that love high school football, you can watch it live on www.foxsportsmidwest.com. Just click on Prep Zone when you get there and select the Blue Springs South vs. Christian Brothers College game. You can also watch past games from this season there.
My son’s name is Pat Martin, and his jersey number is 1. He’s a starting linebacker for Blue Springs South and also plays wide receiver. It’s his senior year, so this is truly a dream come true for him. Go Jags!
18 Nov 2011
There are 2 things in this world I like to brag about — my family and the KSU Wildcats. Just so happens these things seem to keep converging upon each other.
First off I met my Husband (Phil) many moons ago, when we were both seniors at K-State. Phil was a Civil Engineering major and I was a Journalism and Graphic Design major. Phil, also was in Air Force ROTC and after we were married Phil went on active duty status and we were stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth Texas. We lived there for 4 years, and were then transferred to Eielson Air Force Base, in North Pole Alaska. Talk about culture shock!
As many of you know it is very cold in Alaska, and Katelyn Marie Nigus was born not too long after our first winter in Fairbanks.
Now fast forward, almost 20 years — I can’t believe I’m this old — and Kat as she likes to be called now is a Sophomore at Kansas State majoring in Interior Architecture. I like to say she got the best of both our genes.
This fall, as a family, we have had a great time cheering on the Wildcat football team. Currently ranked 13th in the BCS standings with an 8-2 record it has been a fun, but nail bitting season. But we are bowl bound baby! I personally am hoping for a very warm climate destination.
In life, it is really interesting how things come full-circle. Last Friday evening I had the honor of taking Kat to the airport to meeting her solider boy friend (Patrick), who is home on leave from active duty service in the Army in Iraq.
Attached are a few pictures of my family.
18 Nov 2011
Looks like I’m sneaking this in just under the wire since Brag Week’s almost over! (Thanks, Kevin, for the opportunity to toot my own horn!)
I know most of us have a lot of hobbies/interests outside of work. My latest endeavor is making jewelry. Well, actually, I’ve been making it for quite some time now. It’s only recently that I had the bright idea that maybe I could be a little entrepreneurial about it. Enter the online marketplace that is Etsy, and the launch of my shop: Ruby Sky Jewelry Design. (The name came to me years ago on a trip to California and it just stuck.)
Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been making these days…
I’ve always loved making things. As a child, my dad even made me my own mini workbench in our basement. If there was something I dreamed up that I wanted, I’d go downstairs to the basement, find some odds and ends and cobble something together that I thought resembled said desired item. I think most creative people are always searching for the next outlet to unleash all the stuff going round and round in their brain, and jewelry has become my latest outlet. Besides, who doesn’t like something sparkly?
So thanks for letting me show off my latest venture. Sure, I’ll post the Etsy link for you!
I hope I’m not the last bragger for the series… it’s fun to see what everyone else is up to. I’m sure Kevin would let you squeeze something in next week.