Lots of people call us asking if we do this or that. The answer is yes. We built STS and STS Studios to be a one-stop creative power plant capable of handling everything in-house—from concept to design to development and through production. Awesome, right? We do this in order to maintain creative control of our finished product. We do this to allow the people who concept these ideas to see them through to fruition. We do this to ensure that watered down creative never leaves our doors. We’ve filled our building to the brim with badasses who are the best at what they do—writers, designers, developers, animators, strategists, shooters, editors, producers and the like. This gives us the ability and confidence to take on projects of all sizes and complexities without hesitations or limitations.
Do we design snowboards? Schloads of ‘em. Do we do fully-integrated advertising campaigns? On the reg. Do we design and code complex and beautiful sites and apps? Every day. Do we develop and produce TV shows, films? Yep. Whatever content you need created for whatever medium, chances are we’ve been there, done that, and can do it better than anyone around.
Ryan Martindale Partner /Executive Creative Director
Martindale is a CD/Writer who, despite the rumors, doesn't believe advertising is dead. He's made the rounds in the advertising world and worked at places like Publicis, GSD&M and Leo Burnett. For the last decade he's helped build brands on a national and international level and has written hot words for the likes of BMW, Southwest, PowerBar, Heineken, Nintendo, and Partnership for a Drug Free America. Ryan's into snowboarding and the kind of mountain biking that involves Kevlar shoulder pads and good health insurance.
Jared Strain Partner/Design Director
Jared is a designer savant. When he worked for the man he did tours at General Public and Wexley School for Girls, where he worked on Coke, Microsoft, Nike and MTV. Jared eventually started his own design boutique called Death & Taxes where he designed heavily for action sports giants such as Rossignol, Roxy, K2 and Diamondback. D&T ended up taking on a few new partners, spun a cocoon and morphed into STS. Jared is a grown-ass man who still skates and is heavily addicted to fantasy sports, chili-cheese dogs and glam rock.
Aaron Sather Partner/Creative Director
Aaron is the guy you want on your side if a design brawl ever breaks out. He's grappled with the best at Wexley School for Girls, Publicis and Microsoft's Strategic Prototyping Division on brands like Rolling Stone, T-Mobile, Coke, Nordstrom and Hasbro. Aaron jump started Death & Taxes with Jared, where they became the go-to guys for the best action sports brands on the planet. At the end of the day, Aaron's a multimedia specialist who can conjure up jaw dropping motion, displays and environmental pieces that make you think you're in Tron town.
Chris Moore Partner / SVP of Production and Development
Chris has been jet setting the globe for the last 20 years getting it done on big film, television and commercial productions. He has so many frequent flyer miles he gets into the kind of captain's clubs captain's don't even know about. He's done everything from big budget flicks like Apollo 13 and Waterworld to smaller independents such as El Superstar and Something Like A Business. Chris also has extensive experience developing and producing high profile TV shows like Kings of Crash, currently airing on Discovery Networks and past series such as Shark Wranglers, Training For The Apocalypse and Shark Men for History and National Geographic Channels. Chris is a member of the Directors Guild of America and commander in chief of STS Studios.
Rheda Fouad Partner / CFO / Consigliere
Rheda is the resident left brains of our operation. Armed with a head full of complex equations and financial formulas, he's able to figure out how to win even when everyone else is losing. After running a successful family enterprise and growing his real estate empire, Rheda decided to take on a new challenge and become our trusted Consigliere. On the rare occasion that he has some down time, you can find him with a stiff drink in hand cruising the net looking for high rises for sale. He wants a skyscraper with his name on it. Seriously.