Archive for December, 2006

Extra, Extra, Read All About It…Hafenbrack in the News

HSure I love to read news in blogs and in non-traditional forms of media, but there is still something magical about seeing your name in the paper in a positive light. The Dayton Daily News had a very nice article in today’s edition about my employer, Hafenbrack Marketing, and our recent move to the Kuhn’s Building in Downtown Dayton, Ohio. The artcle featured comments from our owner, Dave Hafenbrack, about our growth and the decision to move downtown. In the article, Dave references the fact that with the growth of the company and the move came the need to add a new salesperson – that is me. So, if you read the article, or just came upon this post and you:

  1. own a business in the Dayton area
  2. manage a business in Dayton area
  3. are starting a business in Dayton area
  4. are responsible for marketing and generating sales growth for a company in Dayton
  5. just want to meet someone in the Dayton Marketing Community to build your personal network

please contact me at Hafenbrack Marketing.  You can find me at (937) 424-8950. Ask for David. I would be happy to give you a tour of the place, buy you a cup of coffee, and work to discover ways that I can help you. If you missed the article in the Dayton Daily News, check out the link below. Happy New Year!

Thanks to the DDN for doing such a nice job!

Hafenbrack in new space, growing

Enlightenment through Pizza

BlackberryWhen I started my job as an account executive at Hafenbrack Marketing a few months ago, I purchased a Blackberry. In doing so, I hoped to keep track of my tasks, schedule, and emails so that I could guarantee the needs of my clients were being addressed quickly and properly. I have been amazed at the usefulness of this tool, and I have gained an understanding of the origin of the term “Crackberry.” When my computer crashed a few weeks ago, I was saved by my ability to stay in touch with the world through my handheld computer. For the 2 days that I was without a laptop I cranked out countless emails, viewed documents, updated contacts and did not miss a beat – although I did develop a wicked case of Blackberry Thumb, reminiscent of the Nintendo thumb I used to get as a video game addicted youth. Following those 2 days, I was sold. I was converted into an evangelist for this tool. Last night my commitment was taken to a whole new level by something near and dear to (and slowly clogging) my heart – pizza.

Here was the scene. We were having carpet installed in our home, and my wife and kids had been relegated to the basement for the day so as to steer clear of the installers. By the end of the day, the house was still upside down, the kids were stir crazy, and my wife was in no mood to make dinner. As I was driving home chatting with her about the events of the day she suggested that I just pick up some pizza for the family to munch on for dinner. Never being one to pass up pizza, I anxiously gave my endorsement to the plan. I agreed to take care of everything and hung up the phone. (Although I guess you don’t technically “hang up” a mobile phone) Suddenly I realized that I did not know who to call to get this pizza. I could have called information and asked for one of the chains, but that would have limited my choices and cost me money. I could have called my wife and asked her to look up the number of one of them, but that would have cost her time and forced her to have to choose the place – not something she enjoys. Then it hit me. Use the Blackberry.Pizza

For the sake of the story, we are going to say that I pulled my car into a lot and did this because that is much safer than saying something like I did this at a red light. From the main screen of my Blackberry, I clicked on the icon for Google Maps, which quickly opened the program. I then simply typed Pizza and my zip code. Immediately, I was given links to nine pizza stores within 5 minutes of my home. I clicked on the name of a new place that I had not tried yet, and up popped their phone number with a hyperlink to dial it. I clicked the link and 10 seconds later I was ordering our dinner. Just like that. All my options, right at my fingertips, when I needed them. It was too easy. My appreciation for the mobile web and my Blackberry was taken to a whole new level. Pizza information on demand – it truly is a great time to be alive.

Making the Move to Downtown Dayton!

HThe last week has been crazy – good crazy. My employer, Hafenbrack Marketing, has moved from Miamisburg, Ohio about 20 miles north to the heart of downtown Dayton, Ohio. While it has been a wild couple of days, it has been a great experience. I actually live quite a bit closer to the old office, and the move has extended my commute to the office considerably. Still, the excitement of being downtown is totally worth the drive. There is an energy that exists in the city. It is palpable and invigorating, as there is always something happening downtown. Being in sales, I spend a lot of my time out of the office – visiting other people in their offices. Having a place to call home base that is centrally located, full of life, and so completely amazing is great.

Where is that place? Hafenbrack has moved to the Kuhns Building which is located at the corner of Fourth and Main Street. The building was originally constructed in the late 1800’s, and the architecture is amazing. It is has an indescribable character that is not found in most modern buildings. While the interior has been updated, it still maintains its unique and wonderful feeling. It will be a great place to host client meetings, as the environment is rich with charm. While we are still knee deep in moving boxes, it already feels like home. I have never had the privilege of working in such a great space. It feels wonderful. (This job just keeps getting better!)

If you are looking for creative ways to grow your business (or would just like to check out our new digs) give me (David Bowman) a call at (937) 424-8950 and we can set a time to get together. It would be my pleasure to meet with you, listen to your needs, and work with you to develop and execute a plan for successfully achieving your marketing goals. I’ll even spring for the coffee. 937 424-8950

Kuhns Building

Want to check out a quick amateur slide-show of the new place? Click the link below.

Picasa Web Albums – David – HAFENBRACK – Family 054.jp