Host Parker Plaisted interviews Morgan Witham from COLAB. Morgan talks about her role as the Chief Operating Officer at COLAB and her background in investment banking.

Morgan Witham

Morgan Witham (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host) who are both Vanderbilt alumni

Guest
Morgan Witham

Chief Operating Officer at COLAB.
COLAB is a digital agency that designs and builds websites, custom web applications, and experiences that solve real business problems.

Episode Summary
Morgan joined COLAB as the Chief Operating Officer after working for twelve years at a local investment banking company where she gained experience analyzing the financial health of dozens of companies. Morgan and Parker talk about the costs associated with operating an agency.

Company Website
https://www.teamcolab.com

COLAB on Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/colabwebdesign
https://www.instagram.com/teamcolab
https://www.linkedin.com/company/colab-multimedia

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Toni Jordan from CarMax. Toni talks about The Creative Circus, leading teams as an Art Director, and her involvement in The Richmond Night Market.

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guest
Toni Jordan

Art Director at CarMax Digital Innovation Center.
Creative Director at The Richmond Night Market.

Episode Summary
Toni talks about starting her career as a graphic designer, continuing her education at The Creative Circus, leading teams as an Art Director, and her involvement in The Richmond Night Market.

The Creative Circus Website
https://creativecircus.edu

The Richmond Night Market Website
https://www.richmondnightmarketva.com

The Richmond Night Market on Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/richmondnightmarket
https://www.instagram.com/richmondnightmarketva

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Doug from OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY. Doug and Parker talk about working with influencers on YouTube.

Off Grid with Doug and Stacy

Stacy and Doug from OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY

Guest
Doug from OFF GRID with DOUG & STACY.

Doug and Stacy live the pioneer life on their 11-acre farm in Missouri with no municipal services and share videos of their life on YouTube. They manage their farm animals, work in their garden, and build the structures they need for a self-sustained lifestyle.

Episode Summary
Two years ago, Parker partnered with Doug to introduce and champion products to Doug’s followers on YouTube. Doug and Parker talk about working with influencers, the importance of an authentic connection to the products, alignment of the influencer to the target audience, and the genuine connection Doug and Stacy have with their followers.

Doug and Stacy on Social Media
https://www.youtube.com/user/growinginfaithfarm
https://www.facebook.com/DougandStacy
https://www.instagram.com/offgridwithdougandstacy
https://twitter.com/2_off_the_grid

Off Grid with Doug and Stacy

Doug and Stacy from OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival

Off Grid with Doug and Stacy

Doug and Stacy from OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Janine Nock from CarMax. Janine talks about her work in user experience design.

Janine Nock

Janine Nock (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guest
Janine Nock

Product Designer and UX Lead at CarMax.
Janine has more than 10 years of professional experience working in visual design.

Episode Summary
Janine talks about user experience design, gamestorming, holistic design, designing for inclusion, hustling for work in LA during the recession, and her insights from working as a contractor, agency employee, and in-house employee.

Janine Nock’s Website
https://www.janine-ux-strategy.com

Janine Nock on Social Media
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janine-nock-0069735

Janine Nock

Janine Nock (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Lauren Fleming from Flatland Creative. Lauren talks about her work in graphic illustration and animation.

Lauren Fleming

Lauren Fleming (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guest
Lauren Fleming

Lead Character & Concept Artist at Flatland Creative.
The team of artists and animators at Flatland Creative produce personality-driven animation stories for their clients to use in advertising, video games and feature films.

Episode Summary
Lauren talks about getting started as an artist, finding her career path, and her education at one of the top art schools.

Lauren Fleming Website
https://laurenfleming.org

Company Website
http://studioflatland.com

Flatland Creative on Social Media
https://www.facebook.com/StudioFlatland
https://www.instagram.com/flatlandcreative
https://vimeo.com/flatlandcreative
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC62iai6IhxfaYo3C9IoQ9Eg

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Aaron Gibson from 903 Creative. Aaron talks about his graphic design style and a few projects 903 Creative did for local companies.

Aaron Gibson

Aaron Gibson (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guest
Aaron Gibson

Partner and Designer at 903 Creative.
903 Creative is an award-winning graphic design shop in Richmond, Virginia, specializing in logo, print, and web design.

Episode Summary
Aaron talks about his work in graphic design, sources of inspiration, and advice on working with clients. Aaron also describes a few design and branding projects his team did for local companies.

903 Creative Website
https://903creative.com

903 Creative on Social Media
https://www.instagram.com/903creative
https://www.facebook.com/903Creative
https://twitter.com/903creative
https://www.linkedin.com/company/903-creative
https://www.behance.net/903creative

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Kendra Bailey Morris. Kendra is a freelance content writer focused on food and beverage topics.

Kendra Bailey Morris

Kendra Bailey Morris (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guest
Kendra Bailey Morris

Freelance Writer.
Kendra is a professional food writer, columnist, cookbook author, public speaker, host, and content creator based in Richmond, Virginia.

Episode Summary
Kendra talks about her background as a freelance writer, the ethics of journalism, transitioning from journalism to content writing, and the craft of food writing.

Kendra Bailey Morris Website
http://www.kendrabaileymorris.com

Kendra Bailey Morris on Social Media
https://www.instagram.com/kendrabmorris
https://www.pinterest.com/fatbackandfoie

Kendra’s Books on Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/Kendra-Bailey-Morris/e/B001JS0LFG?

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Patrice Lewis and Sarah Murphy from the Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Patrice and Sarah talk about PRSA diversity and inclusion initiatives and support for students in the PRSSA chapters.

Sarah Murphy and Patrice Lewis

Sarah Murphy (guest), Patrice Lewis (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guests
Patrice Lewis

Senior Advisor at SIR.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair at PRSA Richmond.

Sarah Murphy

Communications Manager at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Student Relations Committee Chair at PRSA Richmond.

PRSA
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is a professional organization serving the communications community with a mission to “make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career.” The Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a professional association that serves public relations practitioners living and working in Central Virginia.

Episode Summary
Patrice and Sarah are board members for the Richmond, Virginia Chapter of the PRSA. Patrice talks about PRSA diversity and inclusion initiatives, and Sarah talks about support for college students in the PRSSA chapters.

PRSA Richmond Chapter Website
https://www.prsarichmond.org

PRSA Website
https://www.prsa.org

PRSSA Website
http://prssa.prsa.org

PRSA Richmond on Social Media
https://twitter.com/prsarva
https://www.facebook.com/PRSARichmond
https://www.instagram.com/prsarva

PRSA National on Social Media
https://twitter.com/PRSA
https://www.facebook.com/PRSANational
https://www.instagram.com/prsanational

PRSSA National on Social Media
https://twitter.com/PRSSANational
https://www.facebook.com/prssanational
https://www.instagram.com/prssanational

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Rick Whittington from Whittington Consulting. Rick talks about inbound digital marketing and helping companies manage their sales leads.

Rick Whittington

Rick Whittington (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guest
Rick Whittington

Principal at Whittington Consulting.
Whittington Consulting is a growth agency that helps companies meet or exceed their revenue growth goals. The agency is focused on generating sales leads through inbound digital marketing and helping companies turn those leads into closed sales.

Episode Summary
Rick describes how his agency helps clients increase their sales revenue with a structured process for collecting and managing sales leads. Rick also provides advice for people who want to work in inbound digital marketing.

Company Website
https://www.rickwhittington.com

Whittington Consulting on Social Media
https://www.linkedin.com/company/rick-whittington-consulting
https://www.facebook.com/Whittington-Consulting-74059904938
https://twitter.com/rickwhittington
https://www.instagram.com/whittingtonconsulting

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Beth Saunders and Tricia Watkins from Lewis Media Partners. Beth and Tricia talk about media planning and the internship program at Lewis Media Partners.

Beth Saunders and Tricia Watkins

Beth Saunders (guest), Tricia Watkins (guest), and Parker Plaisted (host)

Guests

Beth Saunders

Director, Major Accounts

Tricia Watkins

Channel Specialist, Display

Lewis Media Partners is a Richmond-based agency that is one of the largest media planning and buying agencies in Virginia. The agency also provides comprehensive in-house digital services.

Episode Summary
Beth and Tricia talk about traditional and digital media opportunities for advertising, and they describe the summer internship experience at Lewis Media Partners.

Company Website
https://lewismediapartners.com

Lewis Media Partners on Social Media
https://www.linkedin.com/company/lewis-media-partners
https://www.facebook.com/lewismediapartners
https://twitter.com/LMPRVA