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WRL Celebrates a Promotion & Three New Hires

WRL Advertising is thrilled to announce the promotion of one of our talented industry experts as well as add three new members to our WRL team. Jeremy Fish, who previously served as Videographer, 3D and Motion Graphics Designer, was promoted to Director of Video and Motion Graphics. 

“I have seen tremendous growth in Jeremy professionally and have no doubt that he will do a wonderful job leading our video and 3D department,” said Jeff LeBeau, WRL Advertising President. “He takes the time to think out each project, asks great questions and truly cares about each project’s success. I am excited to see this department continue to grow under his tutelage.”

Fish joined WRL in 2015 as a 3D and motion graphics intern. Jeremy started working full-time with WRL during that same year. In his previous role, he worked on video and 3D projects and in-house photography and videography. In Fish’s new role, he will be handling all aspects of video, 3D and animation and looks forward to creating amazing work with his fellow editors and animators.

“I’m looking forward to growing the 3D and video department at WRL,” said Fish. “I’ve always been a fan of the blues brothers and ‘putting the band back together,’ so being able to put together and grow our team is exciting for the department.”

In addition to Jeremy’s promotion, we are pleased to announce the hiring of three new team members, Jake Batcho, Mike Giguere and Emiliano ‘Memo’ Diaz-Capt. Jake will be working as WRL’s Columbus Territory Manager – Account Executive, Mike as 3D Modeler and Animator, and Emiliano as Video Editor and Motion Graphics Intern.  

Jake, born and raised in Canton, received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Capital University and  a master’s in Business Administration from Liberty University. His responsibilities will include cultivating new business, servicing existing customers, planning and implementing scheduled sales and marketing strategies, assisting customers in planning and coordinating projects, generating sales leads, maintaining customer contact, and representing our organization within the community. Jake has previous sales experience in various industries, which include sporting goods, textiles and apparel, restaurant tech, and commercial building project management.

Outside of the office, Jake likes to spend his time traveling and serving his church. He enjoys anything sports-related and watching new television series. 

Mike also brings a variety of experience to the team. He previously worked creating 3D models and animations at a small agency outside of Rochester, NY and he also spent a year creating 3D models for military simulations. Mike is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a  Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in 3D Digital Graphics. His job responsibilities at WRL will include creating 3D models and animations for various clients. In his free time, Giguere enjoys camping, running, fishing and playing video games.

“Mike brings a diverse set of skills and experience to the team,” said Jeremy Fish, Director of Video and Motion Graphics. “We are thrilled to have him join the video and 3D department.” 

Emiliano is a graduate of The University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and a TAG in Multimedia. His responsibilities will include assisting the video and motion graphics department with filming, editing and animation/motion graphics. He gained valuable industry experience working on campus as a student designer, editing faculty tutorials, event footage on campus, editing online classes for students, campus photography and editing website banner designs.

In his free time, Emiliano enjoys making 3D animation/visual effects video projects, playing VR games, painting and producing music.

We asked our newbies a few questions to get to know them better. Check out their answers below:

Q: Why did you get into this field? 

Jake: Marketing and Advertising are constantly evolving fields. There will always be companies that need the solutions we provide, which means there is endless opportunity to deliver solutions.

Mike: My love for video games

Memo: I really enjoy creating and video editing, and working in the field was a perfect combination of both.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

Jake: Time Traveling – it would be amazing to be able to teleport to different time periods

Mike:  Invisibility

Memo: Time control 

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone present or past, who would it be? 

Jake: Jesus Christ

Mike:  J. R. R. Tolkein

Memo: Jim Carrey

Q: Do you have any pets? 

Jake: 2 cats – Cleo and Meila

Mike: Two parakeets, Kiwi and Pepper

Memo: Two cats, Bacan and Tito

Q: What are some of your favorite TV shows? 

Jake: I don’t think there is enough time for me to list them all. I am currently watching Billions and 1883. Some of my favorites though are Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Suits, Narcos, Atlanta, Schitt$ Creek. As I said there could be a lot more added to the list.

Mike: How I Met Your Mother, White Collar, Friends

Memo: ​​Middleditch and Schwartz, Schitt’s Creek, and The Office

Q: What is an interesting fact about yourself? 

Jake: I was an extra in the movie Let’s Be Cops and the tv show Necessary Roughness.

Mike: In 2001, I was the Cleveland Area Soap Box Derby Champion.

Memo: I am fluent in Spanish 

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