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What a weird ride life has been. I’m 34 years old. A decade ago I was playing in punk rock bands playing songs about how not to trust the man, and today, I am that man.

I went back to school. I reinvented myself from a factory worker to the founder of a marketing agency, keeping the same hard-working ethics instilled in me early on. I surrounded myself with mentors and went to work like an animal.wilderness agency team dinner

Five years later I started my first company, and I was forced out three years later. Lessons learned, I started again with partners who later proved to be immoral. More lessons learned, I reinvented Wilderness Agency with $500 in my bank account, a fire in my belly, and a small group of trustworthy team members who shared Wilderness’s vision.

It Takes A Village

At the end of 2020, we closed out the year with a million dollars in revenue. We have doubled the number of full-time employees.We are growing at 300%.

It’s not a unique story. As far as I can see, it is a story of the power of the Dayton community to support people who are willing to work hard and fight for their version of the American dream.

It’s a story about admitting faults and finding the right people to surround yourself with. The people who stood up to mentor me, the teammates who always pulled me aside in the hard times and said “What’s next?”

It could be easy to give up when the struggles seem to pile on at times, from lost business to a global pandemic. I find my motivation to push forward in our mission to “put people back to work.” This is a two-fold statement.wilderness agency personal and team growth

The Wilderness staff – true friends at the core – rely on our business to lead the life they desire. And every member of our team is a staunch believer in powering and growing the Dayton community. 

We’ve made it through 2020 with our retainer clients sticking with us, making their trust in the Dayton community and economy apparent. They stick with Dayton, and so do we.

My team is composed of people that are closer to being family than most people will ever appreciate.  To the clients who have entrusted their brands with our team, thank you. You have empowered us to build this amazing team.

Richard Kaiser

Richard Kaiser

Some of my fondest memories from my formative years were from Boy Scout camps sitting on rough, wooden logs that encircled a crackling fire sharing stories with the other boys. I believe in my heart that it is a human need to be told stories. We crave stories much in the same way we crave love. The work we do at Wilderness Agency is based upon this primal need. We bring together some of the best creative talent from around the world to tell our client’s stories, to share their passion with the world.