We are 789, an award-winning and versatile creative firm based in Southern California. Our team develops comprehensive brand, marketing, and outreach campaigns to help clients communicate the essence of their organization through proven strategies and unique and visually innovative ideas – from the name of a project to a full-scale promotional campaign … and every touch point in between. 789 excels at finding the optimal and budget conscious strategies and designing unique, engaging and often surprising in-person experiences. With each client we strive to create moments that move people on an emotional level, that function flawlessly and leverage the clients’ brand effectively.
We believe in the importance of standing out in a crowd. The reason: now more than ever before, people are faced with having too many choices. If a project, organization, or brand is going to have its best chance for success, people need to be given a reason why to pick “this” over “that”. Too often, businesses simply employ cookie-cutter solutions for their communication challenges, thinking what’s worked for others should work for them. But great consideration should be taken as it pertains to how you are perceived. The more generic a brand becomes, the more we disable our consumers’ ability to stand apart from the next guy. And being different just for the sake of it isn’t compelling either; it just creates more noise.
This is Where Strategy and Creativity Come to Fall in Love.
A Small But Mighty Team Specializing in the Private, Government and Non-Profit Industries.
789, Inc. has been providing creative concepts and marketing strategies for local, regional and international clients ranging from big-box retailers to public agencies since 2009.
Proven track record with local business, mid-sized companies and big box retailers.
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We have worked with transportation agencies, health organizations and over 2 dozen municipalities.
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Charley BellCreative Junkie | President
Charley brings over 16 years of marketing & design experience to 789, Inc. His background spans all aspects of advertising including brand development, marketing campaigns, community mobilization and education, and Interactive and Print Design. Charley’s versatility, coupled with strategically sound methods, have helped dozens of clients, large and small, launch successful brand identities and expansive campaigns across virtually all industries. He is 789’s resident chef of creative ideas… a true creative junkie.
Richard SilvaDesign Junkie | VP & Art Director
Richard brings over 13 years of design expertise including corporate identity and standard setting interactive work with a focus on technology and business to consumer communications. Richard also holds significant fine art experience including illustration, paint-to-canvass, and true rendering for big business. When Richard swings into action, his attention to detail and unrelenting skill is 789’s secret weapon… he is our design junkie, 789’s artistic samurai… without him, we’d be defenseless.
Michael NuttProject Pilot | Marketing Specialist
Michael is a seasoned marketing communications pro who’s joined 789 as our resident Marketing Specialist. Michael brings a bag full of skills with him including research, content management, event planning, and copywriting. Equally adept at managing projects, clients, deadlines and messaging, Michael is already helping 789 clients take flight… earning him the appropriate title of Project Pilot.
Content, Messaging & Copywriting100%
Project Management & Coordination96%
Event Management & Coordination97%
Ben ExlerVideo Raconteur | Video + Motion Graphics
Ben is a revolutionary when it comes to telling a story. He is a mythical creature in our industry… part Animator, Designer, and Editor… he produces award-winning work leveraging video, motion graphics and story driven creative. With a wide variety of media projects spanning from nation-wide broadcast television commercials to web-based video/interactive marketing… He is our go-to raconteur… so have a lolly, sit on his lap, and get ready for the best darn story you’ll ever hear.
Vivek ChawlaDigital Test Pilot | New Technology
Viv brings over 18 years of experience in emerging media from concept to creation. He brings a strong track record in varied industries including entertainment, big business, and non-profit. Not only is he knowledgeable, but he is skilled in print, audio, video and interactive medium design and development. He is our keyed-in source to all that is shiny and new. He is our scout, artillery, back-up and rocketman. He has been dubbed our digital test pilot for his unrelenting attitude in figuring everything out..
Brian CastanedaAnalog Athlete | Digital Media Specialist
Brian is a super-jock among nerds. Our resident computer whiz, Brian works closely with team members to turn client’s visions into groundbreaking and viable online designs, while ensuring their technical excellence and performance. Equally at home in front of the computer and at the gym, Brian goes the extra mile to achieve peak performance in the digital landscape. Knowledgeable in multiple programming languages, application development and elements of design, Brian has achieved the title of Analog Athlete.
New Media Development98%
Crystal YiGraphic Designer | Digital Scribbler
Crystal is our resident Digital Scribbler. Why? Because she loves to find and share the oddities in life, and often celebrates with a heaping bowl of ice cream while designing to 90’s R&B. Seriously. She has excellent attention to detail, both in people and design, and falls in love every day with each new layout and editorial design laid in front of her. She’s always in a great mood, willing to challenge ‘everyone’ in her own unique ways. Her honesty translates to paper so seamlessly that its hard to find fault anywhere. A great 789 addition!
Layout & Editorial Design100%
Vladimir De Jesus SantosVideo Freerunner | Cinematographer + Editor
Vladimir Santos is a cinematographer and video editor who is against all odds, a Los Angeles native. He has spent the last 5 years honing his skill-set on a wide spectrum of projects including, but not limited to, special events, commercials, documentaries, and an occasional art film or two. He prides himself on his sharp eye and observant mind, but always approaches projects with humility and a team player attitude. Vladimir is always ready to go whenever a new project presents itself, and he sees it through from start to finish, with effortless agility and quality…which is why we have dubbed him our resident Video Freerunner.
Fernando UribeEl Profesor | Spanish Media Expert
Fernando is a marketing professional and Spanish language communications specialist with 30+ years’ experience. Not only is he amazing at his craft in both English and Spanish, including copy writing, translation & localization, as well as creation and adaptation of print and digital marketing collateral, and web, radio and television… but he is also a stellar human being. With experience working with private and public companies, government agencies
and NGOs, Fernando has our respect as El Profesor, always passing on information on each project and campaign.
Spanish Media / Strategic Marketing100%
Mac DanzigSoul Taker | Photographer
Mac has traveled around the globe to capture nature and wildlife in its most private moments with a trip to Lake Clark National Park in Alaska resulting in three photography awards. When he’s not capturing life on camera, he’s teaching mixed martial arts and speaking on the benefits of a plant- based lifestyle. A former UFC professional fighter in the lightweight class, Mac has a 21 to 12 win-loss record … and has earned the most appropriate 789 title of resident Soul Taker.
Shawn BrushMultidimensional Master | 3D Artist
When two dimensions just won’t do, Shawn answers the call. He has spent the past 7 years rendering 3D graphics for top ad agencies, automotive studios, and creating forensic and medical 3D animations. Skilled at rendering, modeling, lighting, textures and shader network creation, he brings an added dimension to client illustrations. His tools of the trade diverse and inspiring. Shawn’s expertise in the 3D realm has earned him the title of Multidimensional Master.
We Are Small But Mighty.
An Extension To Your Team.
No matter the objective, we are committed to creating a customized plan based on strategy and results. It’s not a job we’re hired to do, it’s a partnership we look forward to creating.
789 will work with you and your team one-on-one to employ its services and help you reach your goals.