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Changes at D.C.’s Creative Design Firms Mean One Founder Retires as Another Assumes New Leadership Role

by | Apr 3, 2017

After four decades of growth and success, OmniStudio, a results-driven graphic design studio, will have a new leader who started his own award-winning firm with similar goals and client focus.

OmniStudio Founder and President Eileen Kessler has decided to retire and turn the reins over to a respected colleague in the creative design world. Drew Mitchell, founder and president of Fathom Creative, will take on additional responsibilities as Omni’s president.

“This work has always been about providing results-driven creative communications solutions to people who are on a mission, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our clients,” says Kessler. “I’ve known Drew and his great achievements with Fathom Creative for many years—we’ve even competed against each other from time to time—so it feels like the right fit for Omni’s clients and employees.”

“I know all of us in D.C.’s creative community owe a debt of gratitude to Eileen. She truly is a groundbreaker as a woman entrepreneur who has built a successful business that finds numerous ways to give back,” says Mitchell. “I look forward to continuing the level of commitment to service, quality and creativity that Omni’s long-time clients have come to expect.”

Mitchell will continue to serve as president of Fathom Creative; the two firms will operate as sister companies, providing each with complementary creative skills and technical support. Kessler will be an adviser and project consultant during the coming months.

OmniStudio will continue to operate under its current name and corporate structure. Omni’s staff will relocate to Fathom’s office at 1333 14th St. NW in the District.

Omni’s clients through the years have included the National Science Foundation, the Architect of the Capitol, American Public Health Association, Human Rights Campaign, Children’s Defense Fund, Africare, Inter-American Dialogue and many federal agencies.

Fathom Creative serves private, government and association clients by creating new brands, refreshing stale brands and helping strong brands endure. Its clients have included NASA, NFL Players Association and 20th Century Fox. Through the years it has won numerous ADDY® Awards from the American Advertising Federation DC.

The leadership and operational changes are effective immediately. A celebration of Kessler’s contributions and leadership change is scheduled for May.

Fathom Creative is a member of the American Advertising Federation DC and OmniStudio belongs to the IABC Metro Region.  Both firms are members of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.


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