Senior Account Manager
Never satisfied while he’s standing still, Senior Account Manager Wes Hastings describes himself as a natural-born creative. If his multifaceted approach is any indication, he may just be right. He can trace his creative roots to copywriting, but he’s also held design-centric positions – using both to help clients in a broad range of industries find unique ways to express themselves. His real passion, however, lies in the underlying strategy behind creative work, which he believes is at the heart of effective account management.
A few questions for Wes.
Where’d you go to school and what did you study?
I attended McKendree University (then McKendree College) on academic/music/athletic scholarships and studied Political Science and Business Administration. After two years of doing what I thought I was expected to do (traditional university), I auditioned for a music conservatory, McNally Smith College of Music (now dissolved), and on a week’s notice moved halfway across the country to follow my creative impulses.
What do you do outside of work?
Too many things! I write/direct/act in films, race cars and bicycles, and compose and play music. Sometimes I cut people’s hair. Oh yeah, and I run a clothing company on the side.
What do you wish you had more time to do?
All of the things I already do, plus all of the things I hope to do one day, such as competitive fencing, rowing, triathalons, venture capitalism, etc.
What do you want people to say when they look at your/our work?
When people look at Atomicdust’s work, I want them to feel the same thing I do: amazement. When people examine my work as it pertains to the bigger picture, I want them to say I was a joy to work with, and left them feeling informed and at ease at all times.
Share a quote about the industry, advice, or what you’ve learned so far.
The quote I share the most, I feel applies to not just this industry, but to life in general, and I think it’s a quote people should believe and live by: “Whether you think you can, or can’t…you’re right.”