WELCOME TO TEAM CATALYST

Catalyst Marketing Company is a full-service, integrated marketing agency with offices in California and Hawaii. Our team brings you the best of strategy, creative, media and public relations. We offer innovative, big ideas with smart marketing solutions to add value to your brand. And we're ready to be not just your agency — but your partner in creating lasting success.

entertainment

From research regarding current visitors or players, to a qualitative analysis of marketing challenges and opportunities, Catalyst considers every aspect of the guests’ experience to create pointed and powerful creative.

destination

For tourism and destination businesses, we have driven huge increases in online activity, created successful strategic plans, social media campaigns and delivered maximum exposure — all while delivering more cost-efficient results.

regional

Working with brands across Central California and building iconic regional brands over the years, helped create the reputable Catalyst brand of today.

social

By starting — and shaping — the conversation, our public relations and social media experts create buzz that ultimately brings new visitors to your destination and lasting loyalty to your brand.

CASE STUDIES

blackoak
hawaiiisland
tablemountain
lacvb
yosemite
monterey

WHAT SETS CATALYST APART

catapult
catscan
catalytics
partnerships

CLIENTS WE’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH

american_express
wigwam
westin
westin_cayman
boc
trump
tmc
sawgrass
pyramid
mercedes
hawaiin
delta

TEAM LEADERS

astone

MARK ASTONE
CEO

Mark has nearly two decades of experience in marketing with an extensive background in media, strategic campaign planning and client services. He works directly with clients administering and supporting all client work, ensuring their needs and objectives are met every step of the way. He has a thorough understanding of all traditional, grass roots, social media and non-traditional aspects of effective outreach, and can immediately identify which strategy will yield maximum results.

mike

MIKE THIELEN
PRESIDENT

Mike (MT) has nearly 40 years of marketing experience, with particular expertise in consumer advertising and client service. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, MT came to the San Joaquin Valley as Vice President / General Manager of Advan Outdoor Advertising. Upon the sale of the company, MT chose to remain in Fresno and pioneer Central California’s first full-service advertising agency.

paul

PAUL RIPPENS
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

Paul has more than 25 years of experience in advertising, marketing and brand development. Originally from Southern California, Paul has spent the last 20 years in Las Vegas, Nevada developing integrated strategies for some of the world’s largest travel destinations, including MGM Grand, Wynn Las Vegas, Bellagio, The Mirage and New York – New York. Most recently, Paul has overseen strategy, marketing and brand development for Augustine Casino in Palm Springs.

bob

BOB BATES
DIVISION PRESIDENT

A highly-respected expert in hospitality advertising, Bob brings a wealth of experience in all phases of travel, resort, destination and database-driven advertising. A 30+ year tactical agency relationship with American Express included targeted campaigns for virtually all major airlines, hotel and resort brands, cruise lines, as well as selected attractions and destinations worldwide. Equally at home with strategic/tactical planning or creative direction, Bob is also a Hawaii and luxury resort specialist.

greg

GREG GRANNIS
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

An award-winning Creative Director and Copywriter, Greg is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, earning a double major in both communications and economics. With the unique ability to provide innovative, creative concepts based on sound marketing principles, Greg’s versatile style has been seen in a long list of high profile projects developed for a virtual “Who’s Who” of local, regional and national clients. Greg joined the Catalyst team in November of 2013.

vikki

VIKKI PASS
SENIOR MEDIA DIRECTOR

Prior to joining Catalyst, Vikki was a Vice President Media Director at McCann-Ericson Salt Lake City. She has more than 19 years of experience in media, targeting both consumer and business-to-business markets. Past clients include Intel, Microsoft, Verisign, Nokia and Unisys. In addition to specializing in high-tech media, her past experience also includes an emphasis on local broadcast and digital media. She served as a media counsel to both MSN and Ziff Davis, sharing industry insights and shaping the direction of their future offerings.

michele

MICHELE MEISCH
ACCOUNT MANAGER

Michele has spent nearly 20 years in various areas of marketing, including serving as the marketing manager of The California Raisin Marketing Board. Michele earned her agency experience with Cohen Communications and Janzen IdeaCorp in Fresno, where she built business and worked with clients such as Tachi Palace, Wathan Castanos, Union Bank and First American Title. Her experience in multiple industries on both the agency side and the client side has bade her uniquely qualified to understand client needs and expectations.

josh

JOSH WILLIAMS
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Josh has spent 20 years in the marketing and advertising industry. Most notably he was the Marketing Manager for over 10 years at Table Mountain Casino in Central California. His diverse knowledge ranges from casino promotions, entertainment management, loyalty programs, and social media. Josh joined the Catalyst team in 2014 bringing his extensive gaming knowledge and social media insight to assist Catalyst in providing new and exciting programs and offerings.

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Our team is ready to give your business a boost. So if you’re ready to take your brand to the next level, call or contact us at info@teamcatalyst.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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FRESNO 1466 Van Ness Ave. Fresno, CA 93721 | 559.252.2500 | info@teamcatalyst.com

ORANGE COUNTY 2950 Airway Ave., Suite A-9, Costa Mesa, CA | 714.549.1757

HONOLULU 1109 Bethel St., Suite 409, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 | 808.532.3700

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