Founder Jimmy Foster

Jimmy Foster is a builder. The guiding principle of his career has been “Don’t just think outside the box, live there.” Jimmy has over 15 years of experience developing and executing compelling strategies and concepts that build clients’ businesses. A skilled manager of people and budgets, in recent years he has focused his efforts on cause marketing in service of nonprofit organizations and community building. First with diamondcake magazine and now, smallTALK, he offers an innovative cause marketing platform that provides custom public relations services free of charge to nonprofits operating on limited marketing budgets.

April Banta

A self-proclaimed implementation specialist, April Banta is an experienced marketing professional with a knack for identifying good ideas and making them bigger and better. She has demonstrated expertise in strategy, process and project management, and has the where-with-all to get the job done. Her colleagues appreciate her unbounded resourcefulness in finding solutions to virtually anything that comes her way. April is passionate about smart creative with strategic purpose. At the end of the day, if it doesn’t sell, it didn’t work.

Ian Palencia

Ian Palencia hails from Los Angeles. Early on he was a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman and later developed a keen interest in computer science while at Central Michigan University. He has over 10 years’ experience in software development and as a webmaster. He is a calisthenics enthusiast who dabbles in renovation projects. Ian is also a voracious reader who keeps us on our digital toes with insights gathered from books like The Phoenix Project, Work Rules!, and Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability.

Tami Thompson

Homemade and homegrown, Tami’s love of beauty and design is rooted in her upbringing on a ranch in La Grande, Oregon. A mother of 12 (yes, 12!), she excels at multitasking. Her approach to design is informed by a strong sense of place and ability to add warmth to clean, minimalist imagery. Tami holds a degree in digital design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her greatest loves are a baby’s chuckle, the smell of fresh-cut hay, and her herb garden just steps from her kitchen door.

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