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Ant Q&A: Hayden Von Drehle

Hayden Von DrehleAccount Manager How would you describe your job? Fast-paced, challenging, rewarding. Why did you get into this wacky business? I love that every day I show up and it’s not the same old, same old. One thing I love about this business is that you’ve always got to be on your feet, ready for the next exciting adventure or client phone call saying, “We have an event coming up, we want a rebrand, website and collateral—can you help?” I also love having the opportunity to build relationships while being on the account side of the agency world. I... Read More

Partner Q&A

As we enter the ‘20s (that still sounds weird), the members of AcrobatAnt’s partners offer some thoughts on the agency’s past, present and future.

AcrobatAnt Partners

AcrobatAnt Building for Long-term Success with New Hires, New Partners

When the calendar flipped to 2020, AcrobatAnt officially began its twelfth year as a full-service advertising and marketing agency — with a whole new look and feel from this time a year ago. Nine new Ants have joined the team over the past year. Two long-time employees, David Vávra and Bryan Cooper, are now partners assuming greater managerial responsibilities. Vávra, the agency’s controller, is in charge of internal operations, tools, culture and team development in addition to his financial-management duties. Cooper, associate creative director for the past five years, takes over as creative director from partner/founder Danny Sadler, who retired... Read More

Salute to a brilliAnt career.

On December 31, 2019, after 40 years in the advertising business, AcrobatAnt Creative Director and co-founder Danny Sadler will officially retire. It will be a bittersweet event. While we are obviously happy that Danny will have more time for, say, enjoying his family and taking his car to the mechanic, we will miss having the old buzzard . . . that is, this elegant gentleman around every day.  The making of an Ant. Perry, Oklahoma, is famous for two things: the hometown of Danny Sadler and headquarters of The Charles Machine Works, Inc., the company that has been producing Ditch... Read More

Ant Q&A: Brent Jackson

Brent JacksonDirector of Website Development Describe your role and its importance to our clients. As Director of Website Development, my role consists of using several different disciplines to make sure that our client’s web-related efforts are performing to the best of their ability. This usually starts with applying my UX (user experience) knowledge to ensure the best possible journey for the end-user, followed by using modern web technologies with a mobile-first approach to ensure that the site not only looks and feels great but is also ADA-compliant. How has previous career and/or academic experience prepared you for your work here?... Read More

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Ant Q&A: David Vavra

David VavraController  What’s a typical day in the life of the AcrobatAnt controller? Papers, papers everywhere. Nearly every transaction has supporting documentation. Since I’m involved in most transactions, papers and emails accumulate very quickly, so a good amount of my job is attempting to remove papers from my desk and emails from my inbox. At the beginning of 2017, I took on the role of IT manager as well. To properly fulfill this additional responsibility, I volunteered to take a few college IT courses. This has added a nice change of pace to my day-to-day duties over the past few... Read More

Ant Q&A: Angela Harless

Angela HarlessOwner, Account Supervisor, Finance Director You wear a lot of hats around here. What are a few of your favorite responsibilities, and why? In addition to managing my own clients, I love supporting our account team with their clients and being able to share new ideas, experience and research that I think would be relevant to support their clients’ business goals. I like being able to be part of a team that welcomes new ideas—from me and from other team members. Sometimes being outside of the day-to-day cycle of client work allows fresh perspective and ideas, so being able... Read More

Ant Q&A: Danny Sadler

Danny Sadler Owner, Creative Director  What do you think are the most important responsibilities of a creative director?   To give members of the creative department guidance while giving them the freedom to take ideas in a fresh, original direction. You’ve been in advertising for approximately umpteen years. What motivates you every day? The challenges. Every day is different. In a single day, we might work on ads, radio, TV, outdoor boards, direct mail, websites—or all of the above, which is often the case. Oh, and the people. I love these people. You’ve worked in big and small agencies. What... Read More

10 years: A look back and a look forward.

AcrobatAnt celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. What have we learned? Well, the five Ants who have been here since the beginning—owners Angela Harless, Diane Davis, Danny Sadler and David Downing, and Associate Creative Director Bryan Cooper—have learned a few things, among them: Hard work, in the vast majority of cases, supersedes great talent. If you have great talent who also possess a great work ethic, consider yourself lucky. We’re lucky. Never say “never.” Always say “always.” Our best project is our next project. Work hard. Play hard. Time flies. If you want a little context to go with the... Read More

Diane Davis

Ant Q&A: Diane Davis

Diane Davis Owner, Creative Services Director, Account Supervisor  How would you describe your job? Hmmm, that’s a loaded question. The creative services aspect of my job is acting as liaison between account service and the creative department. I assign jobs to each person, make sure all deadlines are met and manage overall workflow. The part of my job I’m most passionate about is the work we do on concessions and rebranding of arenas and stadiums. I am the account manager on all of these accounts and oversee projects from beginning to end—from measuring walls to visiting with the client about... Read More