Introduction

About Me

My name is Austin Wright, and I am the Director of Business Development with Gateway Design. I am a business professional with a constant focus on implementing strategic initiatives that enable consistent revenue growth for any given organization. My business philosophy is built on truly understanding the needs and challenges of an organization while striving to be a strategic partner to the business of my clients.

Business Description

Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure.

Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,
Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System ...to just name a few.

Specialties:
Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

My Skills

sales-operations
lead-generation
sales-management
recycling
sales-process
product-marketing
account-management
customer-retention
time-management
microsoft-office
customer-service
consultative-selling
salesforcecom
growth-initiatives
soft-skills
solution-selling
team-building
technical-presales
key-account-development
business-analytics
customer-relations
sales-funnel-management
sharepoint
account-retention
problem-solving
lead-management
negotiation
client-segmentation
forecasting
sage-crm
inside-sales
info-pro
results-oriented
sap-netweaver
process-improvement
sustainability-strategy
solid-waste
cisco-call-manager
informatica
leadership-development
mac-os-x
database-analysis
oracle-applications
contract-recruitment
google-earth
demand-generation
databases
strategic-planning
lead-scoring

Profile Questions

What do you like most about your profession?

You've probably seen a TV commercial or print advertisement that lured you to buy a new gadget or try a new product. Somewhere behind that advertising campaign is a marketing manager aiming to convince you to buy that item. Long before the advertisement interrupted your favorite TV show, a marketing manager set up a focus group to observe how and why people use the product, and tested whether various features of the product made people more likely to want to buy it. Sometimes marketing managers even tweak new items to make them a better fit with specific groups of customers, and they develop pricing strategies that help a company maximize profits without alienating customers. In addition to traditional advertising campaigns, marketing managers need to connect products with customers on Twitter and Facebook and generate buzz through Internet marketing. When the job is done well, the customer will feel like this new product is necessary to have in his or her life.

What questions do clients most commonly ask you? How do you respond?

What capabilities does your creative marketing and advertising firm offer? Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure. Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System ...to just name a few. Specialties: Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

Describe a recent client engagement or project.

We recently took on Phillips 66 company headquarters in Houston to develop both an internal employee enterprise You-Tube and an external Webcasting platform for marketing and external corporate communications. We are now responsible for all internal and external corporate webcasts, both live and recorded, worldwide for Phillips 66.

What are 3 attributes you need to be successful in your industry?

Creativity, Unique Skill-sets, and Successful Execution of Strategic Marketing

What are the most important things to consider when hiring a service provider in your field?

Dedicated In-House Account Management, High Ethical Standards, Extremely trustworthy with both the Quality and Content of the work completed for each and every client.

How are you different than others in your profession?

Gateway Design is unique compared to other advertising firms in the United States in that, we are a one-stop-shop, technology-driven, full-service marketing and advertising firm. Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure. The Coca-Cola Company and Continental Airlines were a few of the first Gateway clients, and helped establish our reputation as a valued partner to Houston’s business, industry and cultural communities. Such Houston institutions as The Houston Zoo, the Phillips 66 Company, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Airport System, the Houston Texans and Amegy Bank of Texas soon joined them. In 2011, an intrepid young duo of innovators took over at the helm, energizing and expanding Gateway’s range of capabilities by adding more technology-based products and services, while maintaining Gateway's trademark dedication to strong relationships and consistently superior results. Our no-limits ethic and passion for making the impossible not only possible, but also accessible, ensure that our clients will continue to benefit from our obsession to go above and beyond. Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System. Specialties: Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

What are your biggest professional influences (books, mentors, events)?

Gateway Design was the first design agency in Houston to make the leap to computer graphics, serving as a beta site for Apple Computers, and blazing the trail for the rest of the industry to follow. . The Coca-Cola Company and Continental Airlines were a few of the first Gateway clients, and helped establish our reputation as a valued partner to Houston’s business, industry and cultural communities. They were soon joined by such Houston institutions as The Houston Zoo, the Phillips 66 Company, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Airport System, the Houston Texans and Amegy Bank of Texas. "In 2011, an intrepid young duo of innovators took over at the helm, energizing and expanding Gateway’s range of capabilities by adding more technology-based products and services, while maintaining Gateway's trademark dedication to strong relationships and consistently superior results." As both the needs and offerings of our clients evolve, so do the services that Gateway Design offers. Our no-limits ethic and passion for making the impossible not only possible, but accessible, ensure that our clients will continue to benefit from our obsession to go above and beyond.

How do you typically handle disagreements with clients?

As a firm, we encounter a wide-variety of personalities when working with clients. As such, we are very supportive of their business goals and develop creative designs and concepts that relentlessly drive their return on investment to the next level of marketing and advertising operations.

Work/Experience

Director of Business Development-Marketing & Advertising at Gateway Design

December 2013 - Present
Gateway Design is a creative solutions agency that designs, animates, codes and delivers extraordinary results. We are all about design and the many ways we can create it. We are a leading technology-driven, full-service marketing firm in Houston providing innovative, creative services and design. We're known for merging objectives integrated marketing solutions and I.T. services that provide our clients with a streamlined workflow and maximize market exposure.

Clients have included both Houston-based and international companies such as Phillips 66, Neway Valve, the Houston Texans, HMNS, Continental Airlines, Shell Lubricants, Amegy Bank of Texas, Best Western, the Coca-Cola Company,Buc-cee's, and the Houston Airport System ...to just name a few.

Specialties:
Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Enterprise Webinar Platform Production & Hosting, Brand Management, Custom Website Design, SEO, Print Media, Video Production, 3-D Motion Design, Custom Database Design, and Implementation, and Content Management Services.

President & University Charter Founder-Professional Alumni at Professional Alumni at Pi Sigma Epsilon's Texas State University Chapter

May 2012 - Present
Pi Sigma Epsilon has grown to be the premiere organization for motivated and dedicated students looking to maximize their college experience.

PSE's goal is to provide collegiate students with practical business experience through sales, sales projects, marketing, marketing research and community service projects.

Graduate from Texas State's Professional Sales & Marketing Program at Texas State University-McCoy College of Business

January 2008 - January 2012
I graduated with my BBA in Marketing & Professional Sales from Texas State University in May 2012.

As President & Chapter Founder of the Texas State University's chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the only National, Sales, Marketing, and Management Professional Honors Fraternity, I coordinated our University's chartering process, developed our marketing campaign, coordinated our corporate sponsorships & professional development activities, and cultivated a membership base of young business professionals.

Education

Texas State University-McCoy College of Business Administration

Degree: BBA
Field of Study: Marketing with Professional Sales Concentration

Certifications

Inbound Marketing Certified

Authority: HubSpot
Start Date: Oct 01, 2014
End Date: Nov 01, 2015

American Red Cross-Adult First Aid/C.P.R./A.E.D. Certified

Authority: American Red Cross-Greater Houston Area Chapter
License: Greater Houston Area Chapter Certification
Start Date: Sep 01, 2013
End Date: Sep 01, 2015

Chartering Member & President of Pi Sigma Epsilon-Professional Sales & Marketing Fraternity

Authority: Pi Sigma Epsilon-Zeta Tau Chapter at Texas State University
License: Zeta Tau Chapter-Texas State University-McCoy College of Business Administration
Start Date: Dec 01, 2011

Languages

Spanish

Proficiency: Limited Working Proficiency

English

Proficiency: Native or Bilingual Proficiency

Location

Contact Information

2425 West Loop South, Suite 200
Houston, TX
Phone: 7138224716

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