Amy Vavrunek founded the Artemis Agency in 2000 just a few weeks after selling her first company, Accent Presentations.
The market was buzzing with activity during this dotcom phenomenon. San Diego startup companies were in abundance and the Initial Public Offering (IPO) market was still very active. Artemis was properly positioned to help with the branding, messaging and marketing necessary in telling a story to raise capital. Working with companies of all sizes in the areas of life sciences, technology, product and service companies, Artemis is an expert in the field of presentation development and design.
In 1993, with two investors, Amy launched Accent Presentations, a local service bureau providing 35mm slide design and production, film processing and slide duplication, digital printing, large format display design, media storage and graphic design services. In addition to providing local services, she grew a mail order business for the production of 35mm slides from a storage disc, BBS transfer or hand written fax. The design and production services provided by Accent were broad and served a national client base.
Accent Presentations started with 2 employees and grew to 35 employees operating with two shifts to meet the digital demand, and growing +100% year over year. Accent was “first to market” in San Diego offering digital color printing using Canon color copiers and was a Beta tester and customer to Encad using large format digital inkjet plotters to produce signage and trade show booth graphics, ultimately replacing photographic enlargements that were standard at the time. As Kinko’s entered the market and digital printing became more widely available, Accent continued to offer new services to balance the financial loss of the commoditized color printing and digital media that was rapidly replacing film.
In 1997, Amy became a member of the local chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO) and over the span of 10 years, held several board positions and in 2000 was elected the first woman YEO President in San Diego. YEO provided the opportunity to participate in events all over the world, in places such as Cuba, Washington DC, Moscow, Calgary, Montreal, Tokyo and New York meeting like-minded entrepreneurs and making invaluable business connections.
In 1999, Amy was one of three finalists in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program in San Diego. Quantified using a balanced scorecard, awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, risk and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
At Accent, Amy worked with executive-level teams to prepare IPO presentations developing her specialty, and using her expertise to graphically illustrate their message to provide the greatest impact.
In 2000 she sold Accent Presentations to a competitor and started the Artemis Agency, a full service marketing and design firm where she continued working on financial presentations. In her career she has worked with companies that have collectively raised over $1 billion in public financing.
The Artemis Agency provides corporate graphic design services to local corporations in all areas of life sciences and in service, technology, hospitality, B2B, aviation, real estate, medical device, Internet and many other industries. In addition to presentation development and design, the marketing services include the design of annual reports, corporate identity, branding standards, corporate, sales and marketing collateral, advertising, web design, conference and trade show materials, and storytelling animation.
Amy has a wealth of knowledge in the start-up phase having founded and managed several companies from inception and worked with a multitude of businesses ranging from start-up to publicly held. Through these experiences she has developed a well-rounded background and the ability to grasp complex business ideas quickly.
In January 2015 she joined the Tech Coast Angels(TCA), an angel-investing group in San Diego. She actively participated in the pre-screening process of start-up companies to evaluate, select, and present companies to the general membership. She volunteered her time and assisted in the improvement of “pitch decks” for those that made it through this initial process. She serves on the TCA board as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations and in 2016 and 2017 she produced the Quick Pitch Competition. More details can be found at quick pitchsd.com.
Since joining TCA, Amy has enjoyed the experience of successfully leading and closing deals for seed funding and is currently a strategic advisor to early-stage companies offering guidance in the areas of marketing, sales, public relations, advertising, growing a start-up business, small business challenges, presentation development and networking. Finishing up her 2-years on the TCA Board she is embarking on a new journey in Los Angeles.
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