Passion For The Craft
The majority of your day, and over 1/3 of your life, is spent at work. But that time is a lot more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by people you love and respect. A certain type of person is pulled to MindHandle. It’s the collaborators who enjoy the idea of ‘togetherness.” Working together. Creating together. Laughing together. And making a difference together. After all, that’s what binds us–you guessed it–together.
In the end, our great work is a direct result of our great people.
MindHandle was created by senior leaders with experience spanning creative, technology, corporate marketing, employee engagement and training. We share a common belief that a brand is most powerful when its consumer and employee communications are linked by a common, magnetic story.
Chief Executive Officer
Strategist by trade, storyteller by aptitude, creative by accident, professor by design. MindHandle CEO Eric Harris’ resume may not read the way you’d expect it to, but the sum of these experiences helps him empathize with his clients, students, and the agency team.
After several years in large advertising agencies, Eric joined his clients on the corporate team at YUM! Brands, where he led Pizza Hut’s integrated communications for 2 years. The experience taught Eric not only what it was like to be on the “buying” side of the agency economy, but also how much room there was to improve on internal communications. That’s why Eric founded GatherRound, a training company focused on storytelling for presentations.
In 2018, GatherRound and MindHandle merged, creating an employment branding agency with the talent and expertise to reach employees with advertising quality messages. As CEO Eric provides the vision that becomes decisions in the agency, and if he’s ever missing, look no further than the nearest whiteboard.
Eric is a self-proclaimed suburban lumberjack, a communications professor via TCU Neely Executive Education, drummer, Forbes Business Council contributor, and a camp-in-the-backyard father of two.
Chief Concept Officer
An established, bona fide visual artist with an impeccable conceptual mind, Ken Womack brings his talents to MindHandle as Chief Concept Officer.
Ken founded MindHandle at the request of our inaugural client, Chili’s over 15 years ago. Building on his impressive, long career as an art director, Ken thrives on innovative ways to communicate visually. He pushes creative boundaries, stretches imagination, and flexes his creative chops to ensure our storytelling is always magnetic and never static.
Ken’s work has garnered recognition by Clios, ADDYs, Communications Arts and POPAI, and his brand experience includes Dr Pepper, TGI Fridays, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Coors, and Pizza Hut. Among MindHandle’s successful employee branding projects, Ken has created winning work for TopGolf, At Home, Texas Health Resources, and Raising Cane’s.
Ken throws himself fully into all his artistic pursuits, whether it’s advertising, painting, or sculpting. Of course, it’s no surprise he’s such a hard-working artist. Ken is the son of a rodeo cowboy and ballerina.
BREN TAYLOR MONTGOMERY
Chief Technology Officer
As MindHandle’s Chief Technology Officer aka Innovation Guru, Bren Taylor Montgomery oversees all website and technology work. She provides expert knowledge and clear guidance to clients on technical decisions that enhance and support their goals with web and IT solutions that grow their bottom line.
Prior to joining MindHandle, Bren led an award-winning technology agency that produced great work for Benchmark Bank, UT Southwestern, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Bimbo Bakeries USA.
Bren has a knack for delivering a high-level analysis of very granular, technical, and complex issues, with a delivery so clear and empathetic that clients and colleagues feel empowered and prepared to navigate the courses she charts. Bren’s personal integrity mirrors her work ethic, and her warm personality has us all feeling like we measure up.
At the office, she’s known for treating colleagues like family, making every new hire feel welcome. With such natural parental instincts, it’s no surprise that this talent has driven Bren to write a children’s book in her spare time.
Chief Revenue Officer
Jeff Begert, MindHandle’s Chief Revenue Officer, is famous for ending Zoom meetings with “Win the day!” It’s a rallying cry that’s not about winning new business for the agency (although he likes doing that as well). It’s about helping our clients win the day. And his background in brand management makes him especially deft at doing just that.
Jeff brings over 15 years of agency expertise in leading brands, including GameStop, 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut, Red Lobster, and Cabela’s. And he builds on that expertise by attracting outstanding clients – such as Texas Health Resources and Invitation Homes – for MindHandle’s Employee Branding solutions. His experience means he understands firsthand the power of employee marketing and can lead companies to engage with their employees with the same commitment used to communicate to customers.
When Jeff isn’t home with family, he likes to head out to the wilderness to fish and hunt. He uses this same rugged spirit to challenge us every day. To do better. To bring our best creative. To create the most magnetic strategies. And to be mindful of our daily mission: win the day.
less turnover when you have a strong employer brand
(Gallop Poll, Sep 2020)
cost per hire reduction when you have a strong employer brand
(Gallop Poll, Sep 2020)
of people would consider changing jobs if offered a role at a company with an excellent corporate reputation
(Bloomberg, Aug 2020)