We Are Sundaram

Sundaram means "beautiful" in Sanskrit, and is one of the many worthwhile qualities that will envelop your project when you become our client. Our partners have a combined total of 65 years experience in advertising, marketing, web development, and marketing communications. Sundaram meets each task before us with integrity, precision and sincerity. We hope to share the excitement for life and enthusiasm we have with you on your next project. Meet the team that makes us who we are.

 
  • James Tootle

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    Founding Partner, Creative Director

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    James loves what he does as a designer and creative problem solver. A 20+ year veteran of the advertising industry, James permanently relocated to Austin in 2008 to form Sundaram with Anthony Baggett, his high school friend. In addition to his passion for designing, James writes and records music in his home recording studio. Weekends find him designing and handcrafting screen printed goods at the Artists Screen Printing Co-op, Austin’s one and only screen printing cooperative group he founded in 2010 with a solid idea and an ad on Craigslist.

    TL;DR
    • Indian motorcycle enthusiast & straight up wheelie popper
    • Total gearhead
    • Hand-feeding squirrel dude
    • Thin Lizzy 4ever
    • Tom Waits aficionado
    • Reason 8
  • Anthony Baggett

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    Founding Partner, Technical Director

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    Better known by his stage name Lil' <div>, Anthony is our resident technical know-it-all. When the question arises, "Can you make it do <insert something complicated>", Anthony is the guy with the smile saying "Absolutely!", "Not a problem.", and occasionally "Is that all you got?". This guy thrives on solving the hard problems...and we're glad of it! Outside of the office, you might spot Anthony around Austin, taking photos. If you can't find him, he's probably at home roasting his own coffee or in the studio with his dog Presto dropping some fat EDM-style bass.

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    • Horror Movie fanatic (especially the bad ones)
    • Vipassanā practictioner
    • Favorite color: Clear
    • Sushi...One food to rule them all!
  • Taylor Davis

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    Partner, Senior Web Designer

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    While a blank white screen may intimidate some, Taylor accepts every design challenge and laughs in its face (respectfully, of course). He prides himself in turning design challenges into stunning solutions. While his primary responsibilities involve design, he is no stranger to front end development. Not only are his designs aesthetically pleasing, they are also functional. When he doesn’t have a mouse in his hand, you can usually find him geeking-out on video games or binge-watching a series on Netflix. Despite enjoying the comfy Taylor-print in his couch, he also enjoys kayaking, hiking, touring museums, and trying new restaurants.

    TL;DR
    • Dave Grohl Man Crush
    • May the Force be with you
    • Keep it classy
    • Just keep paddling
    • Are you going to finish those fries?
  • Eric Baggett

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    Partner, Director of Digital Strategy

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    A 10-year veteran of digital marketing and Internet strategy, Eric has worked on a wide variety of initiatives from enterprise level search strategy for Fortune 500 companies to planning complex web applications. Interested by almost anything, Eric is great at a few things and sort of good at a lot. When he's not playing Destiny, you'll find Eric attending one of his son's many violin performances, watching House of Cards with his wife Cora, reading graphic novels, taking photos, or playing guitar.

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    • 3rd place - MS's best up and coming guitarist
    • Published poet
    • Cheese ball over birthday cake
    • Master cornbread maker
    • Hedhead
  • Dave McClinton

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    Senior Designer

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    Dave’s experience has the run the gamut from creating logos, designing in print media to creative direction for the digital platform. He understands the one true thing that has bound these seemingly disparate disciplines together is that success is tied to effective communication. Dave has several logos included in design publications and remains remarkably low key about it. Ask him. His spare time is minimal as he stays busy creating art of some kind during idle moments. He is a huge proponent of cleaning as you cook, and has recently discovered the perfect steak process. Also, he doesn’t understand the feeding of squirrels.

  • Stacy Frank

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    Front End Development

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    A stickler for detail, in a good way (usually); Stacy has the uncanny ability to foresee design obstacles and is excited by the challenge of conquering them with code. When not dreaming of responsive development you can find her scaling rock faces, adding edible glitter to everything she bakes, creating art in some capacity or spoiling her dock-diving-champion of a dog (whose trophies get prime mantle real estate, obviously). Clicking heels, recalcitrant curls, spontaneous handstands and lack of a mute button are all bellwethers of the coming storm that is Stacy.

    TL;DR
    • Resident acrobat
    • If you can think it she can code it
    • Stilettos or bust
    • Hockey fanatic
    • Puppy snuggles > most things
  • Chelsea Suhre

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    Senior Digital Strategist

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    If there’s anything that drives Chelsea crazy, it’s the devaluation or lack of appreciation for data-driven insights. You won’t catch her using catchy, attention grabbing buzz-words, because she’s too busy combing through data tables and performance metrics, helping clients’ devise their next marketing plan to take over the world (dun… dun… dun). Her innate curiosity and tendency to seek knowledge in all things has granted her experience in all aspects of business, which she’s responsible for merging with the goals of her clients. Otherwise, she’s reading anything educational, with her cats, or anything that involves water when the weather’s just right.

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    • You can do or do not
    • Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
    • Anything John Mayer says
    • Appreciate everything you've been given
    • There’s so many inspiring people out there to not listen
    • Opportunities don’t create themselves
  • Ken Whisenant

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    Server Admin, Developer

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    Having served two terms in the military, Ken faces every challenge with unwavering determination.  A true problem solver.  His ability to see through the obscurity on toward a viable solution is rarely matched.  As our resident Linux Administrator, and a fanatic of all things code, Ken is armed with the tools necessary to make light work of even the most intimidating of tasks.  Apart from writing shell scripts to automate mundane tasks, or fending off the legions of hackers bent on ruining everyone's day, you'll likely find him hanging out with his wife and kids, modding Android devices, scoping out the latest restaurants, or even laying down killer vinyl mixes on the turntables like old school.

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    • Adventurous Introvert
    • Deadpan Jokester
    • The Guide is definitive. Reality is frequently inaccurate
    • Hashtag Hashbang

Well Mannered Frivolity.

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