16
Apr

Big Fish In A Bad Economy

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Tear Sheets

Big Fish Games CEO Jeremy Lewis.  Photo by John Keatley

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If I were starting a multi-million dollar company, I would do everything in my power to recruite Jeremy Lewis to run the show.  He was a thrill to work with, and a great guy to boot.  Jeremy is the CEO of Big Fish Games, and I recently photographed him for the May 09 cover of Seattle Business Monthly.

He seems to have found a good balance of taking business very seriously, but at the same time enjoying life with a good sense of humor.  And I think that shows in these pictures.  As further proof, I was intrigued by the fact that he is reading a biography on Charlie Chaplin, and drawing inspiration from Chaplin’s business savvy.  “In both good and bad times, he did the same thing: He made enjoyable, safe, mass-market entertainment at a great value. He was a true business leader for his times.”

It takes a lot of creativity to find business inspiration from such an unlikely source as Charlie Chaplin, but I like that kind of “outside the box” thinking.  Maybe we could send some of that kind of thinking to the Auto and Financial industries.

Big Fish Games is now the leader in “casual games” and they are quickly growing, despite the slumping economy.

“After netting $85 million in revenue and growing by about 70 percent last year, Big Fish doesn’t appear to be slowing down. This January, Lewis says the company’s subscription base grew 111 percent faster than it did in September 2008, when the stock market crashed.”  - Randy Woods and Julie H. Case for Seattle Business Monthly

Click here to read the entire article in Seattle Business about Big Fish Games, and other companies who are thriving despite the economic downturn.

23
Mar

Dan Ivanoff On Top…Of The Roof

Posted by John Keatley / Filed under Blog

Cover photo for Seattle Business April 2009 of CEO Dan Ivanoff.  Photo by John Keatley.

Schnitzer West CEO, Dan Ivanoff, on the roof of one of his newest office towers at 818 Stewart in Seattle.  Schnitzer West is a commercial real estate company operating in the Pacific Northwest, and they are currently working on the new Amazon.com campus, and The Bravern in Bellevue.  On the right side of the frame is yet another Schnitzer West tower being constructed.  This is the cover photo for the April 2009 issue of Seattle Business Monthly.  The Real Estate issue.  

I was amazed to see blue sky when I got to the roof, because it had been snowing earlier that morning.  I was thinking we were going to have to shoot inside.  My assignment was to photograph Dan for cover and a full page opener.  I was told I had an hour with him, which often means about 15 minutes, and that proved to be true.  Turns out that Dan was doing all of the welding himself on the tower behind him, so he had to get back before the lunch whistle.  I guess the economy is effecting everyone.  Even CEO’s.  But isn’t Dan the one who blows the lunch whistle?  I can’t believe I fell for that.  

This image was not in the plans, but I reacted to the location and the sky when the clouds began to develop.  I had to work fast to get all of the shots that I needed and save time for this one.  It was the last shot of the day, and once again, the last shot wins.