Return of the Prodigal Son

October 30, 2009
Artist: Liz Lemon Swindle

Artist: Liz Lemon Swindle

They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. I beg to differ –

This month, I re-joined the Fast Horse stable after a nearly two-year hiatus. During my first run, I had the pleasure of working on a few Coca-Cola projects, a little bit of Nationwide Insurance and a whole lot of Northern Tool + Equipment. I worked with fantastic people like Charley and Tim and Betsy and Emalie, and it was great.

Then I “went corporate,” spending some time in the communications department at Target. It was a lot of fun to try a new challenge after 10 years of agency life. But the longer I was away, the more I missed the exciting work that was coming out of Fast Horse.

So now I’m back … and very happy about it. I traded a tiny cube for the open air goodness that is 240 N. 9th Ave. I traded a quiet environment for a lot of noisy chaos. And I traded lots of speech writing and acting as a media spokesman for a Montgomery Gentry concert in Atlanta and a Steelers/Bengals game in November.

Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoyed Target. But this has been a good lesson in thinking the grass is greener somewhere else.

Not a lot has changed at the Pony, but there are a few new faces that have replaced some of the old. Suffice it to say, I got a chance to make a first impression with people like Mike and George and Hillary and Sandra (hope I didn’t blow it!). They seem like a damn good crew. I can already tell round two is going to be even better than my first go-round at this place, and I’m excited to dig in. Now back to work –