Meet Tony — Our New Digital Marketing “Hybrid”

What do you get when you mix a journalist, a web developer and a marketer? Me — a digital marketing hybrid of sorts! I’ve arrived at Lessing-Flynn after a winding and varied path that’s taken me across the country and through a couple of career changes.

After graduating from Drake University, I headed to Redding, California to kick off my career in the broadcast news industry as a television news producer. A couple years later, I said goodbye to the West Coast to return to the Midwest where I worked as an executive producer in Green Bay, Wisconsin. If you’re wondering, yes, I am a Packers fan (and was before I moved there). Go Pack Go!tonytandeskiprofileimage0416_3bf588ff8a7bd

I was in Green Bay for a few years when I decided to take some classes to learn about this exciting thing called the Internet and how to build amazing websites. I instantly fell in love with all things digital and began looking for new opportunities to turn that passion into a career. I ended up finding that opportunity in one of my favorite cities: Des Moines.

I moved back to Des Moines to work at a small digital advertising agency as a web developer and eventually SEO and content strategist. Never one to settle, I continued teaching myself new skills and eventually discovered the perfect intersection of my journalism and web backgrounds with digital marketing!

When I’m not working hard or honing my skills, you can usually find me at a local coffee shop doing some writing, biking on one of Des Moines’ many trails or on stage performing at the Des Moines Playhouse. With what free time I have left, I love attending local events, seeing a great concert or just spending time with my dog, Chace. I’m an avid traveler (when I can) who likes to discover new places, foods and craft beers along the way.

A self-professed geek, I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, Marvel comics and so, so much more. I also nerd out about all things tech and even turned a few heads as a Google Glass Explorer. Other random interests (or maybe weaknesses) include inspirational quotes, Chinese food and collecting antique books.

Luckily, I found an amazing place in Lessing-Flynn that embraces all those passions, interests and quirks. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the LF family and can’t wait to jump right into our long list of client projects. I love agency life and Lessing-Flynn is known as one of the best when it comes to advertising and creative. So now — onward to the start of this great adventure!