Never mix business with pleasure — unless doing business is your pleasure.
A Tale of Two Marketers
It all started with a business trip away from their spouses, a few cocktails, and a risqué idea that was too tempting to ignore; starting a marketing agency.
Both board members of American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston Chapter, Stephen Brent May and Hami Vo Arrington spent over a year sharing ideas and building the 2017 Crystal Awards. It wasn’t long before the duo realized that their shared knack for being the last to leave the office— as well as the after party, made them a match made in marketing heaven.
However, it was during a video production meeting when a director said to the pair, “So you guys like to take things one foot over the line,” that One Foot Over, the Digital Marketing Agency, was born.
Hami Vo Arrington
“I’ve always enjoyed a good puzzle.”
Growing up, I loved solving jigsaw puzzles. Ok, I’ll be honest — I was obsessed.
I would spend hours — days, putting a puzzle together. And when I reached that oh-so-satisfying moment of fitting in the last piece, I promptly took it apart just so I could put it all together again. Each time I’d try new ways to make it more difficult; putting it together upside down, completing it on the cardboard face, blindfolded (ok, maybe that’s a stretch).
My brain was, and is, hardwired for a challenge and though I still love a good jigsaw, solving complex marketing problems is the new way I spend my days.
For both, it’s about the bigger picture. And when you combine all the pieces; the people, the passion, the strategy, the intent, the final image is indeed so satisfying.
Stephen Brent May
“From the time I was little, I liked to win.”
When I started kindergarten, my goal was to learn something my brother didn’t. He was a grade ahead of me and though he had a year head start in school, I was determined. And on the very first day, I accomplished that goal.
Sitting in Ms. Kline’s class, I was filled with nothing but excitement when she informed us that Santa Claus wasn’t real. My brother didn’t know this yet and I couldn’t wait to get home to break the news. While I didn’t expect to be the culprit behind my brother’s first childhood trauma, I did accomplish my goal. After just one day of kindergarten, I was smarter than a first grader.
This desire to win has never left me. I want to help people and organizations crush their goals because when they win, in a way — so do I.
My brother and I now have a very healthy relationship.