Tommy Means - Founder
Tommy Means is the founder and executive creative director of Mekanism, a creative agency with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Seattle.
One day while meeting the new interns, Tommy stumbled upon an idea to address the ad industry’s continued struggle to hire and develop diverse creatives.
What if Mekanism hired more diverse interns? What if everyone hired more diverse interns? Then those interns will go on to have careers and they would hire more folks like themselves.
Seems pretty simple.
So in 2017 Tommy launched Apollo 51, a network of agencies dedicated to launching the careers of diverse interns.
ADAMA SALL - Founder
Adama started her advertising career at Discovery Channel’s Design Group. She fell in love with the creative and independent spirit that embodied the group of misfits, and set out to replicate that experience throughout her career.
She moved to San Francisco at the height of the first dot com boom, landing at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for 5 years. After twice earning the dubious award of “GS&P People Who Don’t Suck,” she followed her mentor to TBWA/Chiat/Day where she helped launch Ray-Ban’s Never Hide campaign.
Adama then journeyed to Wieden+Kennedy to tackle EA Games and Nike Women. One of her proudest moments came to fruition when, along with the Nike Foundation, she helped launch The Girl Effect.
After a year and half in “cozy” Portland, Adama headed to NYC where she currently resides, soaking up all the city has to offer. After working at Ogilvy, BBDO and R/GA on top global brands like UPS, Starbucks and Samsung, Adama is happy to be joining the Mekanism family as Head of Strategy, East.
AMANDA SPEER - RECRUITER
Amanda comes to Mekanism from CPB, where she spent six years contributing to talent initiatives in various capacities. Prior to working in advertising, Amanda taught middle school; if you have ever met anyone between the ages of 12 - 14 you know why she no longer does that.
In her free time, she likes to tackle DIY projects with her husband, spoil her dog and be outside as much as possible.