Few agencies have do-gooding written into their DNA as much as TDA_Boulder in Boulder, Colo. But this 25-person shop proves that wanting to communicate and inspire change in society isn't just good for the soul, it's also good for business.
Small Agency of the Year, Southwest, Gold: TDA
Under CEO Thomas Dooley and Executive Creative Director Jonathan Schoenberg, TDA brought in $20 million in revenue last year; saw its own natural-condom company, Sir Richard's, hit the shelves in drugstores nationwide and make donations to Haiti; and helped clients like Justin's Nut Butter and Izze Soda launch brands. All the while, it also kept growth steady for all-natural food companies French's and General Mills' organic division. The agency also counts among its clients one of Wall Street's hottest public offerings this year: pasta chain Noodles & Co.
These accomplishments have helped fuel a low turnover rate and an average employee tenure of six years -- almost unheard of in the ad business.