Mike and Brenda started Williams Group Marketing + Design in 1993 and have grown the business to be one of the South Puget Sound’s premier agencies. Prior to that time, Mike was a sports marketing specialist, working for 13 years for Santa Anita Thoroughbred Racetrack, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Mike has served on numerous boards, currently serving on the Providence St. Peter Community Ministry Board. He’s also served as Board Chair of Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Board President of United Way, Board President of Thurston County Economic Development Council, and the Olympia, Lacey, Thurston Visitor & Convention Bureau. Mike graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College where he was an All-America shortstop.
Famous quote: “I am planning to be more spontaneous in the future.”
Having co-founded Williams Group and working within the agency for a number of years, Brenda took leadership of TAGS Awards & Specialties when the couple purchased that business in 2001. Prior to her Williams Group years, Brenda worked for Bullock’s Department Stores in Los Angeles, first as a department manager and later implementing an automated buying system for staple stock items. Brenda is an avid tennis player and is highly ranked in her age category for the Pacific Northwest. Brenda and Mike have two sons, Henry and Cameron, who both attend Whitworth University in Spokane. Brenda attended Smith College in Massachusetts where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and English.
Famous quote: “Everything is better with ice cream.”
We first hired Jeff when he was an art student at Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles in the early 2000’s. We thought we were helping a friend by giving her son some experience, but soon learned that the pleasure was all ours as Jeff brings big-city talent to our firm. Creative, clever, strategic, and smart are words that only begin to describe this talented designer. If you’ve worked with Jeff, you know what we mean.
Andrew came to the agency in 2001 and has developed countless websites, logos & brands, and collateral pieces through the years. A graduate of the graphic design degree program at Clover Park Technical College, Andrew’s clients constantly share their appreciation for his work and his caring, personal style. Get to know Andrew and you’ll hear his East Coast roots shining through, along with his unforgettable sense of humor.
Famous quote: “Let me take a look at that for you.”
Elisa recently joined Williams Group and serves as a graphic designer. She received her training at Seattle Central Creative Academy after shepherding projects to the press at the Washington State Department of Printing for three years. Highly skilled in logo design as well as UI/UX for mobile applications, Elisa brings a well-rounded skill set to the agency. As one former boss put it, “Everyone likes her, and her talent is exceptional.” Well, we certainly agree!
Famous quote: “I thrive to be a mediator between ideas and possibilities.”
Famous quote: “A good laugh is sunshine in a house. It’s like dancing for health.”
Graphic Design/Motion Graphics
Promotional Item Specialist
Laura’s made her mark as a creative designer, clever promotional specialist and all-around Jack (Jill?) of all Trades. Laura’s customers know that she’ll follow through with style, no matter how daunting the task. She’s also often the first to answer the phone, making her the “voice” of the company…aren’t we lucky?
Famous quote: “Good morning, Williams Group Marketing + Design…this is Laura.”