After a stint in Toronto as a copywriter, Andrew has come home to Halifax to join the Tramp fam for a fresh creative challenge and some refreshing ocean air. Or as he puts it, “to do great work, with good people, in the best part of the world”, and we can’t say we blame him.
Outside of the office, when Andrew isn’t at his desk cracking briefs, you’ll likely find him cracking jokes or crunching numbers behind his slow-to-grow guitar collection. Hey, two is still a collection, right?
You know those guys in the control room at NASA who are always so calm, cool and collected no matter what chaos may be going on around them? Adam is our NASA guy. His title, “Controller” could not be more accurate. In the midst of a fast-paced, creative, demanding and, yes, even crazy, environment, Adam remains grounded and in control. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a wild side. Ask him about his “Bubbles” report and then stand back as this guy gets pretty excited when talking about his “baby”.
When Adam was a little boy growing up in England, he didn’t dream of becoming a guard at Buckingham Palace or Bond, James Bond. No, he dreamt of coming to Canada, starting a hockey league (floor hockey, but hockey is hockey!) and scoring his first ever goal, as a Canadian citizen. Check, check and check—hey, it’s a hat trick! Well played Adam, well played. You really and truly are Canadian.
To handle all the twists and turns of their busy schedules, Mark and Leslie need one smooth operator. Enter Carole Bell, Trampoline’s experienced, super-organized (and did we mention bilingual?) Executive Assistant. With many years in the game, Carole brings her skills from previous positions at Progress Magazine and the Consul of France in Halifax. That’s right — not only can Carole balance the scheduling needs of both Mark and Leslie, but she can do it all in two languages!
At home, Carole is a proud mother to two boys: one, a stand-up comedian and the other, an aspiring carpenter. And when Carole’s not busy with her two boys, you can probably find her giving attention to her two Calico cats, or adding to her pretty extensive shoe collection. Our money is on the shoes.
If Larry was a superhero, his name would be The Connector. Or Smootherman. That last one sounds a little weird, but it’s true. Allow us to explain. Larry manages the flow of work from the brief to production. And that means he keeps all the different teams working together—The Connector—in order to ensure timelines and budgets remain on track. He’s also all about finding solutions and removing roadblocks so that people, and projects, can be the best they can be. See? Smootherman—to the rescue!
Smart, enlightened people know that Nova Scotia is the best place on earth. Eight years ago, a light bulb went off over Larry’s head and guided him east, from Calgary to Halifax. He traded in his cowboy hat for a sou’wester and, we have to say, never has a sou’wester been worn quite so stylishly. But the hat theme doesn’t end there! Larry also sports a helmet when he’s riding his motorcycle along coastal roads, looking for beauty to capture with his camera and he has found Nova Scotia to be very accommodating.
If you’ve seen it, he’s probably shot it. With over 10 years’ experience in the television industry, André has travelled the globe producing content for the likes of Travel Channel US, HGTV, History, Discovery Canada, Food Network, W Network, and more. And he’s done it all while wearing multiple hats (and using multiple lenses, we’d imagine).
For most people, any amount of time spent in airport is too much. But for some weird reason, André just can’t get enough. Maybe it’s the endless hallways or the overpriced candy, but for Andre, the old adage “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey” must really ring true. But fortunately for us—and our clients—André really loves the destination, too. And he’s got the footage to prove it.
With 8 years at the Atlantic Film Festival under his belt as a film programmer, Mark “Filmdall” Flindall brings two things to Trampoline: an incredibly vast knowledge of all things movie-related, and a name that’s almost too easy to pun. But thanks to Mark’s passion for the pictures and his data expertise, our small-but-mighty video department continues to pack quite the punch.
When Mark’s not scrubbing through hundreds—and we mean hundreds—of hours of video footage, he’s either spending all of his free time with his wife, Trina, and his daughter, Etta. That, or vehemently defending the finale of Lost to anyone who will listen. It’s been almost ten years, Mark. Let it go…
As President, Leslie oversees the client service group overall and currently leads the Saint Mary’s University, NSLC and Halifax Shopping Centre accounts. With 25+ years experience at ad agencies on both coasts, Leslie understands how to help clients build their brands at all consumer touch points. She also has a reputation for building and maintaining bullet-proof relationships with her clients that range from collegial partnerships to after work BFFs.
When Leslie isn’t working her butt off for clients, she’s skiing it off - and the steeper and deeper the powder, the better. A little bit of an adrenaline junky is a little bit of an understatement. For Leslie, the only thing better than hitting the slopes is hitting the slopes with Mark and their two sons. Not only does she love experiencing the thrill of fresh powder with her family, she loves having three people to race and beat to the bottom (which is generally followed by a victory dance that, in skis, is a sight to behold).
As CEO, Mark oversees the strategic planning process in the development of each client’s brand. If you were to ask Mark about his career arc he would characterize it like this: he spent the first 20 years of his career trying to make himself indispensable to his co-workers and clients. He now spends his time making himself completely disposable. After all, Mark’s objective in building Trampoline is to create something bigger than himself. A legacy that will endure beyond any single career in marketing & advertising.
Mark is a serious cyclist. We don’t mean he ponders the meaning of life while pedaling. Rather, he has racked up some serious mileage since first being bit by the cycling bug five years ago. He has cycled over 200km in one day and has about 10,000km, in total, under his belt. Which he doesn’t wear while cycling. Because a belt with spandex would be just plain weird.
If you walk by Sarah’s desk and see Facebook open all day long, don’t worry. Likes, shares, favourites, and pins are all in a day’s work for Sarah. A Halifax-native and graduate of Acadia University’s Business program, Sarah is a huge part of the Trampoline social media team. With a major in marketing under her belt, Sarah is passionate about all facets of social media, from planning and strategy, to finding meaningful and engaging ways to implement the latest and greatest social media features, one post at a time.
Her major might be marketing, but we think Sarah definitely missed her calling as a professional baker. Fuelled by one wicked sweet tooth, Sarah spends most of her free time up to her elbows in flour and sugar, whipping up some seriously tasty treats. But don't take our word for it...
You know how you’d love to be certain your marketing strategies were being deployed flawlessly in the digital realm? That’s what Melissa does. With extensive experience at both traditional and digital agencies, Melissa’s perspective is as broad as it is incisive. She’s lefty and righty brainy, obsessively building strategic bridges between qualitative and quantitative research. Her talent for digging insights out of data is only matched by her passion for sharing them with clients.
Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Certified, Mobile Sites
When Melissa isn’t helping clients score strategic touchdowns, she’s holding her breath watching the Green Bay Packers. She pleads guilty to buying matching Packers sweaters and hats for the entire family. A family that includes two spirited boys that keep her very, very busy and very, very happy.
Unflappable. Not only is that word fun to say, it was chosen at a team building exercise, by her fellow Tramps, to describe the one essential thing Tanya brings to the team. Cool as a cucumber under pressure, but way more friendly (another word her teammates chose to describe her), Tanya is a strong leader and a problem solver whose ability to stay focused and constructive makes her an invaluable member of Trampoline (not to mention just as popular with clients).
Originally from BC, Tanya has dealt with her snowboarding withdrawals (at a little hill called “Whistler”) by taking up running, year ‘round. Including winter. She has run something, painfully, called the “Hypothermic Half” – a half marathon held in February, which turned into 26 laps in a Cineplex parking lot (dodging snowplows) due to the actual course being closed by a storm the night before. Her other Nova Scotia past-time is an obsession with Joel Plaskett which, so far, remains a healthy one. So far…
In Nadine’s own words, she is “hella driven” and no one here would argue with that. And one of the things that hella drives her most is working closely with clients to help them uncover deep truths about their brands that will result in creating memorable and results-driven work, together. “Together” is the key word as Nadine has a reputation for building strong relationships with clients, built on mutual respect and trust. So when she pushes back, clients know she’s just not trying to get all up their grill, she’s steering them towards more meaningful and powerful communications.
Because we are really enjoying saying “hella driven” let’s talk about what “hella drives” Nadine when she’s not working her butt off for her clients. Where to start... Nadine is a die-hard “maker” both out of love and necessity. If she can’t find what she’s looking for, she makes it, from leather and wool laptop sleeves to macramé plant hangers. She even teamed up with other local makers to open a shop called Second Storey, when she realized she was making more things than she could possibly keep. It was either open a store or buy a bigger condo.
Numbers and dates. Numbers and dates everywhere. For Megan, an unnatural ability to keep track of every project, every key date, and every timeline is the easy part of the job. Must be nice, eh? A Halifax native and proud X grad, Megan brings a steady head, a calm demeanor, and a bright smile to every project she touches.
From hiking, to traveling, to yoga, Megan is always on the go. Although, between October and May, there’s only one place to find Megan: in front of the television, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Being—quite possibly—LeBron James’ number one fan on the planet, she proudly sports a #23 jersey amidst the sea of Raps fans here in Halifax. An athlete for most of her life, Megan’s competitive streak doesn’t just shine when watching the Cavs — let’s just say that who knew a game of cards with friends could get so intense?
If Raz had a place on the USS Enterprise, he’d probably play none other than Data. Hailing from Toronto, our Media Director has built a career around data, and more specifically, how it can help deliver more measurable business outcomes for every client. A digital native at heart, Raz approaches every creative opportunity with a vehicle-agnostic mindset and the belief the medium is more than the message. Sometimes, it’s the big idea. And we’re glad to have him aboard.
When Raz isn’t exploring the far reaches of data and the digital landscape, you’ll likely find him exploring the far reaches of the globe. An avid traveler, Raz’s exploratory nature has led him hiking in Colombia, island-hopping in Greece, and perhaps coolest of all, exploring Dubrovnik’s imposing castle walls. Not sure where that is? You might know it better as Game of Thrones’ King’s Landing.
During his 16-year career, Trevor has worked at some of Atlantic Canada’s most respected agencies and served an impressive roster of clients including, Agropur, Captain Morgan (Diageo), Cineplex, Moosehead Breweries, Bell Aliant, NSLC, Pizza Delight, Proctor & Gamble, Saputo, Saint Mary’s University, Tourism Nova Scotia, Worker’s Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and many, many more. He is proud to have received more than 30 Ice Awards, an Applied Arts award, and had four campaigns showcased in the international juried advertising archive, Ads of the World
Trevor never completely clocks out, but when he heads home, he marvels at how fast his kids Asher and Aviva grow, and their unending capacity to amaze, amuse and challenge him. Most nights after the house gets quiet, you’ll find him sitting in the kitchen reading mystery novels. When Friday swings around, he can be found playing with his indie-rock dad band or trying to augment his income via five dollar games of rummy 500.
There’s no one quite like Stephanie. No, really. We dare you to find someone else in Halifax who shares her digital chops, her passion for all things performance measurement, or her rank in World of Warcraft. Along with Google Certifications for Advertising and Analytics, Stephanie brings a boatload of digital experience (both agency-side and client-side) to Trampoline’s digital media team.
Certifications: Analytics, AdWords Specialist, Mobile Sites
A self-professed nerd, Stephanie never quite leaves the digital world. So, when she’s not optimizing successful campaigns at Trampoline, she’s probably using her max level Paladin status to launch successful World of Warcraft campaigns. And if Stephanie looks a bit familiar? That’s because she used to host an Atlantic Canadian gaming show for Bell TV.
With more than five years’ experience as an Art Director in the advertising and design industry, Jon believes creativity can play a huge role in making his community a better place for everyone. And that’s something that makes him excited to come to work day in, day out. Always excited to take on new challenges, Jon is the kind of guy who works fast on his feet.
When Jon is not busy creating for his clients, you can find him creating in the community, putting his entrepreneurial spirit to work. In 2011, Jon co-founded Concrete Roots, an organization dedicated to supporting local youth through urban dance. See? We told you he was fast on his feet.
As our trusty office manager, Emily is a master of multi-tasking. Whether she’s welcoming a new face at the door with a smile, planning our next big event, or troubleshooting an entirely new challenge, Emily always knows just how to handle all the moving parts at Trampoline HQ. Anytime something runs smoothly, we usually have Emily to thank.
Emily earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University where she majored in Human Resources with a Certificate in HR and Industrial Relations. Translation: she knows a thing or two about how to keep a workplace happy and healthy.
When she’s not at the office taking good care of all the Tramps, you’ll likely find Emily working up a sweat finding her next fitness challenge at the gym, singing along at a country music concert, or cheering on her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs. Hey, two out of three ain't bad...
As a PR graduate from MSVU, Cara has one of the most dangerous jobs of all: engaging with strangers on the internet. But luckily for us, Cara is a total pro who tackles content planning, social strategy, and the occasional internet troll with aplomb. And all of this to make sure that no post ever goes un-posted!
For Cara, life is all about balance. Balancing a healthy appetite for all things fitness with a healthy appetite for all things breakfast, that is. But when she’s not bouncing between in yoga, spin, or barre classes, you’ll likely find Cara exploring every twist and turn of our fair province, doing just about anything to “get the ‘gram”. Breakfast pics included.