NO STOPPING ANYTIME.

At Rum Rummer, our process is simple: tell us where you want to go, and we’ll get you there as fast as we can, and then make sure you have everything you need to continue to drive your brand forward. With an arsenal full of various creative skills, Rum Runner can provide our clients with a full suite of visual communications to illustrate their unique story – something which is vital for brand recognition. With decades of in-house experience working for billion dollar brands, and freelance gigs working for startups and local businesses, we not only know what looks good, but what works and what sticks.

 

To kick off every project, the initial meeting and quote are free. That’s not a gimmick, we really enjoy meeting with new and old clients alike and talking with them to get to know them and their needs better, but also to listen to them describe the challenges they face in their roads to success. Like your local bartender at the pub down the street, we’re great listeners. But we’re also great at finding creative solutions to those challenges.

 

Throughout the entire project life cycle, we keep our clients engaged, to make sure we’re on the right path for them. From the initial creative brief through the final product, we work as fast and as hard as we can for you, always with complete transparency so that you’re never unpleasantly surprised. At the end of the day, it’s not about our success – it’s all about yours.

VERMONT BORN AND RAISED.

While we have clients from coast to coast, from DC to Charlotte, Pittsburgh out to San Francisco, and places in between – Vermont is our home, where we were born and raised. And we're proud of the fact that we were made in Vermont.

There is something about this state and the people that grew up here. We’re certainly unique, maybe a little “off” and quirky – a strong sense of individuality with an even stronger sense of community. We're hearty, the winters here prove that. And we believe in quality, loyalty, and hard work, traits that seem to be difficult to find these days in the one-and-done, disposable model of the world.

There’s also this background air of mystery in the Green Mountain State, something that isn’t quite tangible but ever present. It's something that continually inspires and brings a subtle awe to you everywhere you look.

All of these are strengths, especially when it comes to creativity. We're different than the flatlanders down south, and it is a damn good thing.


It's also what we bring to every job that we do for our clients – unique, inspired, and rugged work of the highest quality that we can deliver. Something to be proud of – Made in Vermont.

WHY THE NAME "RUM RUNNER"?

Long Inspirational Version:
When first looking to launch this endeavor, we were searching for a name that was different and unexpected. One that captured a sense of being a little fearless and maybe a little more crazy. One of being an independent spirit but with a sense of purpose – a mission to deliver. We knew that we’d never be sure of what may be around the next sharp bend in the road or over the next hill or valley. A dead end or an obstacle. But it wouldn’t matter, because we wouldn't slow down. Full throttle, charge ahead, blow through the barricades and leave any doubters in the dust. Blaze our own trail through the world. No stopping anytime. The world is thirsty for great design, so we will complete the run, deliver the goods, and get back on the road to do it all over time and time again.

We looked out the window and our gaze landed on Mount Mansfield, and Smugglers Notch just below it – a mountain pass that has served as an avenue, since the 1800s all the way through the Prohibition years, for a fearless and committed bunch of smugglers, bootleggers, and rum runners. That was it.

We are Rum Runners.

 

Real Short Version:
It sounded bad ass, so we ran with it.

CRAIG STENDER
Wheelman
(Owner & Lead Creative)

Stender started his professional design career as a freelancer while still in high school, designing logos and artwork for local businesses and organizations, and twenty five years later, he continues to follow his passion of design. While attending the University of Vermont, where he studied studio art with concentrations in advertising and consumer marketing, Stender worked in the Sports Information Department within the Public Relations organization, applying his design skills and knowledge to creating the first website for the department, as well as layout and design on the publications for UVM Athletics. After graduation, Stender moved on to advertising at the Burlington Free Press and served as Art Director for College Street Magazine. He then joined General Dynamics and moved up through the ranks to become the Manager of Multimedia Services, overseeing a creative team of designers, multimedia specialists, and videographers while serving as the creative lead. Stender has also served as Senior Manager of Creative Solutions at Lockheed Martin, overseeing a nation-wide team of nearly 80 creative employees of various disciplines. At corporate headquarters of BAE Systems, Inc., Stender was the Director of Creative Media Services, serving as a brand champion and lead creative for the company. In March of 2016, Stender formed Rum Runner Multimedia Ltd. Co. based in his home state of Vermont.

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Stender started his professional design career as a freelancer while still in high school, designing logos and artwork for local businesses and organizations, and twenty five years later, he continues to follow his passion of design. While attending the University of Vermont, where he studied studio art with concentrations in advertising and consumer marketing, Stender worked in the Sports Information Department within the Public Relations organization, applying his design skills and knowledge to creating the first website for the department, as well as layout and design on the publications for UVM Athletics. After graduation, Stender moved on to advertising at the Burlington Free Press and served as Art Director for College Street Magazine. He then joined General Dynamics and moved up through the ranks to become the Manager of Multimedia Services, overseeing a creative team of designers, multimedia specialists, and videographers while serving as the creative lead. Stender has also served as Senior Manager of Creative Solutions at Lockheed Martin, overseeing a nation-wide team of nearly 80 creative employees of various disciplines. At corporate headquarters of BAE Systems, Inc., Stender was the Director of Creative Media Services, serving as a brand champion and lead creative for the company. In March of 2016, Stender formed Rum Runner Multimedia Ltd. Co. based in his home state of Vermont.

While we have clients from coast to coast, from DC to Charlotte, Pittsburgh out to San Francisco, and places in between – Vermont is our home, where we were born and raised. And we're proud of the fact that we were made in Vermont.

There is something about this state and the people that grew up here. We’re certainly unique, maybe a little “off” and quirky – a strong sense of individuality with an even stronger sense of community. We're hearty, the winters here prove that. And we believe in quality, loyalty, and hard work, traits that seem to be difficult to find these days in the one-and-done, disposable model of the world.

There’s also this background air of mystery in the Green Mountain State, something that isn’t quite tangible but ever present. It's something that continually inspires and brings a subtle awe to you everywhere you look.

All of these are strengths, especially when it comes to creativity. We're different than the flatlanders down south, and it is a damn good thing.


It's also what we bring to every job that we do for our clients – unique, inspired, and rugged work of the highest quality that we can deliver. Something to be proud of – Made in Vermont.

At Rum Rummer, our process is simple: tell us where you want to go, and we’ll get you there as fast as we can, and then make sure you have everything you need to continue to drive your brand forward. With an arsenal full of various creative skills, Rum Runner can provide our clients with a full suite of visual communications to illustrate their unique story – something which is vital for brand recognition. With decades of in-house experience working for billion dollar brands, and freelance gigs working for startups and local businesses, we not only know what looks good, but what works and what sticks.

 

To kick off every project, the initial meeting and quote are free. That’s not a gimmick, we really enjoy meeting with new and old clients alike and talking with them to get to know them and their needs better, but also to listen them and what challenges they face in their roads to success. Like your local bartender at the pub down the street, we’re great listeners. But we’re also great at finding creative solutions to those challenges.

 

Throughout the entire project life cycle, we keep our clients engaged, to make sure we’re on the right path for them. From the initial creative brief through the final product, we work as fast and as hard as we can for you, always with complete transparency so that you’re never unpleasantly surprised. At the end of the day, it’s not about our success – it’s all about yours.

Long Inspirational Version:
When first looking to launch this endeavor, we were searching for a name that was different and unexpected. One that captured a sense of being a little fearless and maybe a little more crazy. One of being an independent spirit but with a sense of purpose – a mission to deliver. We knew that we’d never be sure of what may be around the next sharp bend in the road or over the next hill or valley. A dead end or an obstacle. But it wouldn’t matter, because we wouldn't slow down. Full throttle, charge ahead, blow through the barricades and leave any doubters in the dust. Blaze our own trail through the world. No stopping anytime. The world is thirsty for great design, so we will complete the run, deliver the goods, and get back on the road to do it all over time and time again.

We looked out the window and our gaze landed on Mount Mansfield, and Smugglers Notch just below it – a mountain pass that has served as an avenue, since the 1800s all the way through the Prohibition years, for a fearless and committed bunch of smugglers, bootleggers, and rum runners. That was it.

We are Rum Runners.

 

Real Short Version:
It sounded bad ass, so we ran with it.

Stender started his professional design career as a freelancer while still in high school, designing logos and artwork for local businesses and organizations, and  twenty five years later, he continues to follow his passion of design. While attending the University of Vermont, where he studied studio art with concentrations in advertising and consumer marketing, Stender worked in the Sports Information Department within the Public Relations organization, applying his design skills and knowledge to creating the first website for the department, as well as layout and design on the publications for UVM Athletics. After graduation, Stender moved on to advertising at the Burlington Free Press and served as Art Director for College Street Magazine. He then joined General Dynamics and moved up through the ranks to become the Manager of Multimedia Services, overseeing a creative team of designers, multimedia specialists, and videographers while serving as the creative lead. Stender has also served as Senior Manager of Creative Solutions at Lockheed Martin, overseeing a nation-wide team of nearly 80 creative employees of various disciplines. At corporate headquarters of BAE Systems, Inc., Stender was the Director of Creative Media Services, serving as a brand champion and lead creative for the company. In March of 2016, Stender formed Rum Runner Multimedia Ltd. Co. based in his home state of Vermont.