WHERE DO WE BEGIN?
When Colin Kampmier and Kurt Mazurek started ColinKurtis Advertising, they each brought some collateral assets to the venture: one brought his computer and design software, and the other brought the equivalent, albeit modest amount in cash—enough to keep them alive for three months, if they made wise choices.
The first challenge? Where to begin. Luckily, Colin’s dad had a suggestion: start by purchasing and assembling a desk. Turns out, that was great advice. Three months later, the team of two was still working, and by 1999, moved out of their home office space into a commercial building. They may not have started with much in the way of tangible assets, but Colin and Kurt possessed the desire to promote their clients’ best interests and brands at all times.
The next challenge? How to grow and refine the business. Colin and Kurt navigated through a variety of twists and turns, and took on a client in the food industry, Berner Food and Beverage, Inc. in 2002. The relationship had staying power, opened the door to working with a cadre of food industry clients, and is still here today.