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VI Employee Spotlight: David Hinds

David Hinds is Oklahoma City.

You’d think a metropolitan area home to 1.3 million people couldn’t be personified into a single soul, but there stands David. At a staunch 6’6, he’s big. And with an easy-going attitude and warm personality, he’s friendly.

Posted Nov 13, 2018

VI Employee Spotlight: Erin Robinson

Erin Robinson doesn’t need super powers.

Her wit’s quicker than a speeding bullet. Her creativity’s more powerful than a locomotive. And her spirit is stronger than five Incredible Hulks combined (the Lou Ferrigno one more so than Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal).

As a VI Senior Art Director, Erin has been locally and nationally recognized for her strategic and creative brilliance, and she’s won too many awards to count. From art direction to graphic design, cocktail illustrations, wrapping paper design and more, her creative range is limitless. And her killer kindness and positive attitude always instill inspiration around the office.

Posted May 10, 2018

VI Employee Spotlight: Valerie Trammell

It’s safe to say: Valerie Trammell eats her Wheaties.

Posted Apr 5, 2018

Employee Spotlight: Production Artist Jeff Bowman

To hear Jeff Bowman tell it, he’s got wayyyy too many hobbies. Turns out he just has wayyyy too many talents for a man his age, a modern-day Jeff-of-all-trades.

Posted Dec 20, 2017

The Benefits of Having a Unique Company Culture

At VI, we are fanatical about story. We have become students of it, we study it and we apply it. We’re fond of telling our clients that “everyone has a story." And in reality, it’s probably an understatement.

Posted Jul 20, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Meet VI Marketing Strategist Leslie Denner

Most people are passionate about something. Many people are passionate about several things. And then there’s Leslie Denner, who’s passionate about almost everything. Call it a passion for living.

Posted May 30, 2017

5 Steps for Better Collaboration Between Sales and Marketing

Have you ever been in a bad customer service situation and thought to yourself, “It’s like the right hand doesn’t even know what the left hand is doing?” Me too, friend. Me too.

Posted Apr 8, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Creative Producer Robbie Repola

Sometimes you run across a guy who’s just “one of those guys.” They’ve done it all, done it better than everyone else, and then done some more. No matter how cool your life has been or how great your stories are, his are cooler and better.

Posted Mar 31, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Marketing Strategist Caty Mills

When Caty Mills was a little girl, she had a couple of imaginary friends named Tony and Oscar. See, Caty dreamed of being on stage and on the silver screen.

Posted Feb 14, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Senior Media Strategy Buyer Jennifer Manning

When Jen Manning took up a family tradition with her mother as an undergrad in college, she never dreamed of the joy she’d bring to hundreds and hundreds of people with her heartfelt creations. She does now, because that joy flows back to her tenfold.

Posted Nov 2, 2016

Employee Spotlight: VI Motion Group Editor Beau Leland, #FarmLife

VI’er Beau Leland and his wife Stefanie, self-proclaimed as “crazy” have started harvesting their first crop at their new organic farm in Choctaw.


The Twenty, their 20-acre spread in the southeastern OKC suburb is in its infancy, but the tomatoes are ripe and plentiful and now on sale in VI’s kitchen in downtown Oklahoma City.

There are several varieties, all organic, and for three-bucks a pound, “them ‘maters are damn good and damn good for you.”

So how does VI’s motion editor end up as the 2016 version of Green Acres? Turns out it was a combination of some bad luck, a dream and a serious leap of faith.

Three days before closing on a new home, the deal fell apart leaving the Lelands homeless. The couple had always talked about starting a farm and building a straw bale home on the property, so instead of jumping back into the housing market, they took the plunge and bought 20 acres 25-minutes east of Oklahoma City.

They’ve been prepping the land ever since and are living in their Airstream trailer on the property until a home can be built.

It seems Stefanie is a master gardener, and with a background in film/tv production is transitioning into running the organic farming venture full time, working the occasional film/tv gig to help fund the dream.

The dream goes like this. The Twenty will implement completely organic practices using permaculture techniques. This approach to farming features more of a “food forest” method where crops are planted cooperatively and in harmony with the natural flow and geography of the land, rather than mowing everything down and planting acres of the same crop. They plan to plant to their hearts content, but will emphasize various heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. The Twenty is also home to bees and chickens with goats, sheep and hopefully a dairy cow to come.

In addition to growing for themselves and their VI family, they will grow for farmers’ markets, restaurants and community supported agriculture (CSA) memberships in which people would subscribe to the farm in exchange for baskets of farm goods every couple of weeks. The farm will also be open to the community in an effort to educate the public about small scale farming.

🎼 Green Acres, uh, (The Twenty) are there! 🎼

Posted Sep 22, 2016

Employee Spotlight: VI Associate Creative Director Aaron Cahill

He’s an award-winning designer at VI. He’s an acclaimed artist outside of VI. And he, Aaron Cahill, has comingled his passions to soon become an award-winning patron for his work on next month’s Plaza District Festival.

Posted Aug 31, 2016