Volume 2  |  May 10, 2017
We Make People and Companies Happier by Bringing Them Together
Thank you for taking a look at this month's issue!

Everything changes when the plane door opens. There are points in everyone's career when the metaphorical plane door opens and you're faced with a choice...stay in the plane or jump out. It's a perfectly good airplane, I get it. But, if you jump, you may get the rush of a lifetime and it could change you forever. I understand because that's me.

If you're ready to jump, let's talk! 
If you're searching for a confident risk-taker to join you, let's talk!

In this issue: 
  • Creating content is going to kill me.
  • A G-Force simulator provides clarity for Lisa.
  • The best breakfast in Columbus comes with a lecture. Or, is it the best lecture comes with a breakfast?

Proust Pop Quiz
Lisa Miller, Creative Entrepreneur, Wife, Mother and Co-Founder of LaineGabriel and Laine Avenue takes the quiz this month.


When and where were you happiest?

At the core, I am and always have been an artist. My talent has taken me down several different paths throughout my life – from a Fine Artist to an Advertising Creative Director and now a Strategist and Entrepreneur. However, my heart is always happiest when I am sitting at an easel painting. Unfortunately, being a co-founder of two businesses with a husband and three kids, I rarely find time to paint until my heart is content.


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

As parents, we often find ourselves saying to our children, “You can do anything you want, and be whatever you want to be.” For me, my greatest achievement is leading by example. Since I was young, I have always challenged people who told me I couldn’t do something. In all honesty, proving people wrong drives me to succeed. Including when I was eight, living in Florida and I wanted to be an astronaut. There was nothing I wanted more than to go to space camp and start my career, but my mom knew it was never meant to be. (I have debilitating motion sickness.) Needless to say, I had to prove to myself (and my mom) I could do anything. Well, if you’ve ever seen a G-Force simulator you understand why I am a creative strategist, not an astronaut. The lesson? You have to try. You have to find your way, and you have to live for yourself and your dreams. In fact, my daughter and I recently launched a company together, Laine Avenue. She had a fantastic idea, and I didn’t want to tell her “No” so here we are! To see my children exude such confidence and determination is my greatest achievement. When I look at them and the people they are becoming, I know I have lead by example and can hold my head up high, with the biggest smile.


What is your current state of mind?

Giddy. A little childlike, I know, but there are so many incredible opportunities on the horizon for my marketing firm, LaineGabriel, as well as Laine Avenue. Every day I wake up with butterflies in my stomach wondering what the day will bring. It’s a gift to feel as if you are at the top of one of the steepest hills of a wooden roller coaster, and at any moment you will be sailing down that drop for the ride of your life. 

Friends in the Biz
I love to hear about all of the good things going on with the unique people who are a part of my life. New roles, great ideas, accomplishments and whatever else that gives me a kick are celebrated and shared here. 


Chase Clymer & Shawn Khemsurov just returned from Shopify Unite while simultaneously launching their new joint marketing endeavor, Electric Eye. Their digital agency focuses on marketing and optimizing eCommerce businesses. Whether you’re migrating from another platform or just starting your online business, Electric Eye will make Shopify setup a breeze, as they say. Chase and Shawn kicked things off right last week with a launch party at Pins Mechanical Company in downtown Columbus. That's Chase and I in the photo above at the party.

Gregor Gilliom of Versatile Words continues to mentor emerging writers and build enduring relationships with clients and creative partners alike. You’ll often hear a former mentee, Shyla Nott, on WCBE as a news reader and producer of Ann Fisher’s All Sides program. And his most recent intern, Bailey Martin, graduates from Ohio State this month and is weighing job opps. “Bailey is fantastic - I highly recommend her,” Gregor says. “If you’re seeking a terrific young writer with a ton of energy, let me know.” Gregor says his recent work with Bonfire Red and video shop Outsider Entertainment have been the highlights of the year so far, including award-winning projects for NetJets, Baesman, Pelotonia and other prominent local clients. “Bonfire is the most exciting digital studio in Columbus,” he says. "And Outsider is the best-kept secret - they do amazing live and motion graphics work.” Check out this video Gregor and Outsider created for a cool new local company, Clarus R&D.


Mackenzie King, Director with Lextant, is part of the Creative Mornings team in Columbus. Creative Mornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community that focuses on a different theme each month. I think that these events are the best way to start your Friday once a month. Whether it’s been listening to a mathematician, Smart Columbus leadership, an astrologist or a pop culture critic and fan, every speaker delivers a unique message and I’ve taken away something powerful every time I attend. You don’t have to be creative to attend, you just need to register prior to each lecture. The talks are lead by Host, David Staley. Thanks to Mackenzie, David, everyone on their team and especially the sponsors who deliver outstanding programming, drinks and food for free! The next event will be on May 19th, at The STEAM Factory, 400 West Rich Street.


Max Whiteside, VP of Business Development with Jump Goat Media, was telling me about their new office in Austin when I ran into him at the Breakfast with Business First - Columbus event held at the Charity Newsies Headquarters. Jump Goat Media now has offices in Columbus, Austin, and Nashville. Max said the similarities between all three cities is unbelievable. For Jump Goat Media, it’s all about giving back to the communities they are a part of, while shooting awesome videos in the process. In Austin, they’re supporting 22Kill, a global movement created by veterans with a mission to raise awareness to veteran suicide and mental health issues such as PTSD. The 22Kill partnership was only made possible with the help of Wes Whitlock and the team at Rouge American Apparel. Back in Columbus last week, Jump Goat Media had the pleasure to whip up lunch for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House! It was great running into Max. I can't wait to see what is in store for him and the rest of the team at JGM!


Jonathan Holburt is an international advertising leader, entrepreneur, past Max M. Fisher College of Business Adjunct Professor, soon to be teaching at Ohio Wesleyan in the fall and Author. His second novel is out now, Drink The Sky (available on Amazon). Here’s a preview: Along the South American Andean spine and jungle lowlands, two Americans and a Colombian woman encounter towns and villages so merged with their surroundings that the law of nature is frequently just the law. How they react to these places - their winners and losers, their Darwinian ways - forces them to confront who they are. And whether they'll survive. Jonathan and I have enjoyed a proper pint. Our survival was not at all at stake.


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