#Vegasstrong

So this is something important to me, but I held off on saying anything. This blog isn't a political place, and I am not trying to politicize myself through a tragedy. I grew up in Las Vegas, and I got my start in advertising there. I did work for Live Nation, and the Mandalay Bay was one of my favorite haunts. I proposed to my wife on top of the Mandalay Bay at the Foundation Room. Anyways, I worked on some promotional items that are flying off the shelves to help the victims of this senseless tragedy. Click here for a link to that site.

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Mourning Herb Nill, and I am an Art Director

by Jamie Bennett

How I came to be in Oregon is not interesting. I worked in Vegas, and the clients were notable. I learned a lot, but the Pacific Northwest is a much better arrangement for a person such as myself.


Six years ago I moved to Junction City, Ore. I did research before moving, and Guaranty looked like a dream company. The thing that I found most attractive was that I would be working in house for a family business that was forward thinking. I was impressed with the resources, and excited about the opportunity to make a mark on a company. Often as a marketer you are stuck in a rigid set of brand standards. Guaranty was wide open territory. Guaranty is a company that is bridging country overhead, and big city selection. We are online, growing, and we are nimble. Our CFO is also incredible, and I trust his judgement better than my own.

Herb believed in me. I don't know how much he knew of me, but I had several interactions with him. He treated me with love and respect. Herb was in the air force, and my own family was too. I often felt like I belonged at Guaranty, unlike I belonged anywhere else. It has been as if, I have trained my whole life to be here now. Herb raised amazing sons, and this whole company is his legacy.


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Mourning Lance Hose

by Jamie Bennett

Lance Hose was a father, husband, photographer and friend. He was a complicated individual. I wish I knew him better but he was always one to keep people at arms length. I will miss him dearly. I utilized his skills as a photographer for over three years. He was great. Great personality and a wonderful photographer. We shared office space, stories and exchanged jokes. We saw each other through good days and bad days. He was a wonderful photographer to work with. He took my all-time favorite pictures of my Llew with Santa. He had a real eye for portraiture. His work constantly surrounds me at Guaranty. You could tell Lance what you wanted in a photograph and he would nail it without effort. 


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Still Mourning TNB

by Jamie Bennett

My friend, roommate and patron Dr. Thomas Nesbit recently passed... Well he passed in February but I was hoping, on some level, that it was all an elaborate hoax. You are truly missed. I missed you when you were still alive and should have made more time to visit you.

My condolences to everyone who knew Thomas... I only wish I knew him better and for longer. If your looking for a great read than download Deep Fried by Dr. Thomas Nesbit. I keep hoping this is some sort of social experiment and he calls.
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