After five years as an educator, Dave entered the world of marketing as a music composer/producer for radio and TV commericals. After creating over one hundred jingles, Dave began developing complete creative concepts to help drive his clients' business.
Dave founded his first advertising agency, Thomas Phillips Clawson, in 1982. In 1989 he sold the agency to EvansGroup, and served as president and CEO of their Salt Lake, Los Angeles and Denver operations during the next several years. When EvansGroup was sold to Publicis in 1998, Dave became president of the Salt Lake office. After a run for the U.S. Congress, he founded ThomasARTS in 2003 with his three sons, Troy, Matt and Brett.
Relevant experience during Dave’s career includes the branding of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, working with Zions Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Iomega, First Security Bank, UnitedHealthcare, FHP Healthcare, Utah Travel Council, Coventry Health Care, SelectHealth, Insphere Insurance Solutions, Mozy, Deseret Media Companies, The Deseret News, KSL Television, Garff Automotive Group, Gus Paulos Chevrolet and dozens of other local and national brands.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University and a master's from Brigham Young University. In 2010 the Utah Advertising Federation honored Dave with the prestigious Silver Medal Award. He is also a recipient of the annual Doris S. Melich Founders' Award from the Utah/Idaho Arthritis Association and received an Honorary Doctorate from Salt Lake Community College.
Troy Thomas was immersed in the advertising industry at an early age, and has never turned back. He currently holds the position of chief creative officer at ThomasARTS, a significant departure from his first position as a runner at Cole and Webber. In this role Troy oversees the agency's creative direction, which includes the integration of branded messaging and strategy into digital solutions such as website design and mobile marketing. Troy has honed an awareness and understanding of the consumer mind, and is valued as a creative thinker with a keen sense of strategy. His distinctive ability to seamlessly integrate engaging creative concepts with strategic tactics, presented through persuasive prose, is an imperative asset to ThomasARTS.
In the last 20 years, Troy has been involved in literally every method and medium of advertising, from high-impact branding and targeted direct marketing to advanced production techniques. This versatility has benefited a wide variety of local, regional and national clients, including UnitedHealthcare, Wells Fargo, PetSmart, American Express, ICON Health and Fitness, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Nature’s Way, Zions Bank, Aetna, CollegeAmerica, Ken Garff Automotive Group, Mozy, Coventry Health Care, Allstate, and the Deseret News.
Troy holds a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in English from the University of Utah. To better fuel his creative capabilities, Troy receives frequent doses of Disneyland or watches one of his 2,000 movies with his wife, Stephanie.
Brett Thomas is a multifaceted artist with award-winning mastery of traditional and computer-aided illustration and graphic design. His prowess with virtually every artistic design application and medium gives him nearly unmatched ability to take ideas from inspired inception to final form. Of these ideas and projects, Brett particularly enjoys creating product packaging, as these designs tend to live longer than other projects. These package designs include Mozy and Stephen's Gourmet Hot Cocoa.
Prior to co-forming ThomasARTS, Brett worked as a freelance designer for multiple advertising agencies, design firms and corporations. Among these are the campaigns of Novell, Intel and Skullcandy. Brett studied illustration and advertising design at Utah State University. He maintains his love of traditional art media through personal projects and a yearly Christmas oil painting for clients. When away from the office, Brett enjoys spending time with his family and horseback riding. He also admits that if he wasn't at ThomasARTS he would be an Imagineer for Disney.
A true digital renaissance man, Matt Thomas takes a holistic approach to creating A/V productions intended for a wide variety of media outlets, including TV, Radio, YouTube, DVD and even cinema. Matt's considerable technical abilities include HD broadcast production, world-class photography, animation, Web authoring and music production. He thrives in the fast-paced world of technology while solving complex problems with a special emphasis to clients' ROI. He believes in creating content that is relevant to the viewer, and acheives this by translating ideas and concepts into tangible, emotionally charged content that helps ThomasARTS' clients lift sales and brand awareness simultaneously. With an eye toward strategically sound visual and narrative production, Matt's team has overseen the creation and production of over 1,000 television and narrative projects.
Before ThomasARTS, Matt worked as a professional photographer and mulitmedia artist for firms in Utah, Los Angeles and Boston. He has produced compelling work for Columbia Pictures, Overstock.com, Candle, Iomega, Nestle and UnitedHealthcare. Matt is also considered one of the foremost experts on digital cinematography and postproduction techniques within the national and international blogosphere. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Weber State University, where he majored in Photography with a minor in Communication. On those rare occasions when Matt is not seeing life through a lens, he enjoys fly-fishing, exploring, improvising jazz guitar, and spending time with his three children.
Anne Wood is the embodiment of modern multitasking. As a chief strategist at ThomasARTS, Anne guides the account teams' tactical, creative and organizational decisions, turning client goals into results. Her dynamic scope of experience, including fluency in production standards, allows her to provide strategic direction and varied insight to multiple clients and industries. Anne has been critical in managing accounts such as Zions Bank, Insphere Insurance Solutions, Mozy, SelectHealth, Coventry Health Care and Coca Cola.
Prior to joining ThomasARTS, Anne refined her management repertoire by supervising public relations and branding efforts for a host of high-tech firms at a leading local agency. She served in the community and political arena as press secretary for Utah Congressman Chris Cannon and strategy advisor to the Huntsman for Governor campaign in 2005. Anne holds a BA from Brigham Young University.
Sharon Rask has perfected the art of delivering on client objectives regardless of market or methods, a talent fully utilized as Chief Operating Officer at ThomasARTS. Her extensive experience in marketing, particularly on the agency side of the business, has helped shape ThomasARTS and ensured the best performance for clients. Sharon's management helps guarantee client goals are met through quality measures, flawless execution and energizing some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. She is also a key contributor on the new business development committee, helping determine the direction for the company.
Prior to her current position, Sharon served as marketing vice president at UnitedHealthcare for more than 12 years, managing all commercial, individual product marketing and government program efforts. Her role included branding, direct marketing and website management. Her experience with UnitedHealthcare eventually led her to ThomasARTS, where she has continued to work with the national health care leader. Among her campaigns is the integration of AARP with SecureHorizons, a massive national campaign that was conceived, developed, government-approved and launched in less than four months. In addition to healthcare, Sharon has a particularly refined repertoire in consumer/packaged goods and the service industry.
Sharon's previous agency experience includes key account management roles at Grey Advertising and Carmichael Lynch, with clients such as Northwest and Delta Airlines, Tony's Frozen Pizza, and Brownberry breads.
Sharon earned her degrees in journalism and marketing as well as graduate business studies from the University of Minnesota. When she isn’t finalizing RFPs and organizing agency mentoring sessions, she is spending time with her family on one of Minnesota’s 11,000 lakes or volunteering with community youth groups.
Pamela Holindrake has served as CFO of ThomasARTS since 2006, supervising its financial operations with precision and transparency. Her proficiency in budgeting and financial reporting is relied upon heavily as the company continues to expand and provide new service offerings. Her expertise is a result of 30 years in agency work, having served for a series of prominent regional agencies. She has managed the billings for clients including Allstate, Zions Bank, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, Coca-Cola North America, Deer Valley Resort, PetSmart and Subway. Regardless of size or scope however, Pam gives each account the timely, detailed attention it requires.
A native of American Fork, Utah, she is a graduate of Utah State University. When not balancing assets, Pam enjoys traveling and taking in the latest Broadway production.
Tom brings a wealth of experience to any marketing situation. Having held a leadership position at HIP Health Plan before starting TJS Marketing Group, Tom understands the joys and sorrows of being a client, and what it takes to be a great marketing agency. He has done it all – branding, research and strategic planning, traditional and digital media, direct response, corporate communications and sports marketing. His ability to acquire new business opportunities has led to several successful campaigns for ThomasARTS. These include Costello's Ace Harware and EmblemHealth's Earl "The Pearl" Monroe campaign, which fused Tom's expertise in both sports and health care marketing. Tom has also provided marketing counsel and campaign strategy for companies such as Altegra, Manhattan’s Physician Group, Preferred Health Partners, Benjamin Moore, and Kaye Scholer LLP.