Yes, that’s a buzzword … followed by another buzzword. We rolled our eyes a little, too. But buzzwords or not, it’s true. Put simply, we tell compelling stories. We work hard to create content that moves people so your message can come to life.
When it comes to digital content, Spot brings a little bit of everything – and a lot of versatility – to the table. We have the talent and expertise to deliver start-to-finish work that includes digital strategy, creative direction, video production, and project execution. Or, if you’re looking for ala carte services, we’re good with that, too. No matter what you need, Spot has you covered.
The people here at Spot are the magic sauce. Our Spotties go above and beyond, doing whatever it takes to make a project successful – all while keeping their smiles and fun-loving attitudes. (You might even get a snort out of Sandy.) We are a talented group of weirdos – in a good way!
Al was born and raised in Peru and immigrated to the USA at 21, where he served in the United States Marine Corps and began pursuing a career in Motion Pictures and Television at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After leaving the Marines and settling in St. Louis, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production with a Minor in Photography from Webster University. He’s had the pleasure of working on both corporate and commercial projects for companies such as Boeing, CBS, Red Robin, Glade, Lysol, and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital among others.
Being involved with many different facets of video production has allowed me to learn every aspect of the business. An award winning journalist, I started my career in the broadcast news business producing newscasts that covered many high-profile stories, both locally and nationally. Ultimately I moved into management where I was responsible for personnel, daily deadlines, budgets and scheduling. I have been with Spot more than 11 years and my position has evolved from producing video projects to now managing all the video content projects that come into our building. I love working with our clients from beginning to end and making sure our team is exceeding your expectations.
What do my clients say about me? That I’m a problem solver. That’s the vast majority of what this business is, only with a creative touch. Most of the time we are tasked with making the mundane look interesting. That can be a challenge, but it’s also fun. I love working on pieces that move people. I’m a sucker for dramatic, anthemic music mixed in with beautiful shots. My goal is to stir emotions.
My dad once asked me while we were watching the Super Bowl, what I wanted to major in when I got to college. I said I wanted to tell stories on TV like they do leading up to the game. Thirty years later with camera in tow, I have traveled the world covering everything from the OJ Simpson trial to Super Bowls and I still want to tell stories. My first few jobs at television stations around the Midwest allowed me to really learn storytelling from some of the greatest people. After 17-years of covering the good and mostly not so good stories that happen to everyday people, my brother Lynn and I thought we could take everything we had learned about storytelling from broadcast and take it to the business world. We have formed a great team at Spot and at the end of the day this team of photographers, producers, and editors will tell your story like no other.
I started out in news editing and I liked it but quickly decided I wanted to pursue other forms of video editing – 2 words…ELECTION COVERAGE! From there, I’ve been able to mold my editing career working in narrative, long-form and creative video editing. I’ve been lucky to work with great clients along the way. Clients like Toyota, Lazyboy, Ameren, Ford … great companies and great people too. My goal for each project is always the same: work within my client’s timeline and budget, and do whatever I can to make the project work … make it amazing, and still have time to go to happy hour with them!
I’ve always been an AV nerd (that was even on my high school license plate!) and I fell in love with computers and post production. At one of my early places of employment, I met the Hensel Brothers who later went on to create Spot! The rest is history. Whether it’s editing, color correcting, live streaming, or figuring out a new workflow for a particular project, I love to solve problems. I think that’s what makes this business so interesting to me, the ability to constantly evolve and tackle new challenges. Currently I head up Advanced Media / IT at Spot. I love getting to use my diverse video and computer networking backgrounds to create reliable live streaming video experiences for clients across the country.
I started my career as a copywriter in the promotions and advertising industry and quickly fell in love with the creative world. I just loved the possibilities of starting with a blank page and figuring out what it could be. And I’ve tried to keep that perspective with everything I do. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with and learning from a wide variety of clients – from corporate giants like Sam’s Club and PetSmart to small-but-mighty organizations like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and YPO International. I work hard to be a partner to my clients and crew, doing anything I can to help ease their jobs, tell the story well and make the entire process as productive and fun as possible.
I pride myself in being a creative, highly versatile audio engineer with excellent communication, organizational and technical skills necessary to carry out all aspects of any production. I have over 20-years of experience in field recording including film, video and ENG. Studio production experience includes recording, editing, and mixing of commercials, corporate videos, short and feature films, long format programs, and national conventions. Several projects I have worked on have won Emmys, Tellys and AAF-Addy awards. Some of my projects have also received honorable mentions at the New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC film festivals, and the Cannes Film festival.
A country boy living the city life! I began my career as Director of Operations for Ole Miss Baseball. I was fortunate enough to be heavily involved with OMSP Video Department in helping build our social brand. I fell in love with creativity and found a niche in specialization of video content for social use. My passion is to use your story and vision to create killer content, befitting your brand, to stand out in the digital world.
Having joined Spot in 2008, I’ve seen this place grow from a handful of employees headquartered in a two bedroom loft to more than 20 employees in a beautifully updated deluxe building. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished and I cannot wait to see what comes next. I take great pride in being part of the team that helps keep Spot moving forward. Working with clients and vendors as well as running all things business related for the Spotties, my goal is to keep things running smoothly and ensure we are making money, of course! Outside of Spot, I enjoy being with my family that includes my husband Joe, a St. Louis firefighter and two beautiful 11-year-old twin girls.
Even as a kid, I was known for being super organized. As keeper of the calendar here at Spot, my organizational skills are focused on scheduling. My goal is to ensure a seamless flow of project production from beginning to end. With 20+ years working in the hustle bustle of broadcast news, I know how turn on a dime. While your project is in the hands of our talented Spotties, I make sure you have what we call The Spot Experience; collaborative, comfortable, and 100% satisfied. Our relationship with our clients is as important as the creativity we put into every project.
I’ve worked in television news for 37 years, and still do, but ten years ago I began working with Spot. The production world is so different from news, I’m honored to work with such highly skilled professionals. The level of quality work we produce still amazes me, and building relationships with our clients is my favorite part of my job. I’m excited to see where the future takes us and look forward to the ride! Being a part of the Spot family is the best decision I’ve ever made, cheers to Spot and our future!
I’ve worked in the technical side of broadcasting for over 35 years. The Hensel brothers reached out to me a decade ago and asked me to join them when they began satellite and streaming operations. I’m one of the few technical guys among some of the most talented and creative guys in the business! I’m definitely the odd man out in the Spot operation, but I love the little niche that I fill. Whether I’m helping out on a stream, uplinking or downlinking a feed, running cables or fixing broke stuff, it’s what I do and I’m proud to say that I’m part of the Spot team!
Spot’s vibe is laid back, but we take our client work seriously. Our culture strikes a hard-to-put-your-finger-on balance of fun and professionalism. One minute we’re cracking jokes, the next we’re filming a CEO – and occasionally we’re cracking jokes with the CEO! We know the rules, and we know how and when to break them. That’s because we care. We are a business that is proud to always consider people first and foremost and do (or at least attempt to do!) what’s right. Bottom line, Spot is a special place with a culture you just have to experience for yourself – BBQ included.
We call ourselves the Spotties. We aren’t the new kids on the block when it comes to video production. Brothers Lynn and Rick Hensel came out of the television news business and started Spot more than 15 years ago. We’ve been growing, expanding, and making an impact for our clients ever since.
Now 20+ Spotties strong, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed along the way: Our commitment to delivering the full “Spot Experience” to our clients. WHAT we do – the creativity, quality, execution of our digital content – is important to us. And, HOW we do it – fun, down to earth, resourceful – is what will always set us apart.
When we’re not at work making content, we’re still out there making. You can usually find a Spottie or two at any given time around a grill cooking up good food, making a nice drink, having fun, and – of course – capturing it all with photos and videos. Sometimes we grill for local, charitable events; sometimes we grill for neighborhood competitions; and sometimes we grill just because. We’re known for our Friday afternoon BBQs, Sunday Fundays, and homemade Trouble Rub.
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We’re proud of the partnerships we’ve built with our clients over the years. Whether big or small, they’re equally important to us. We consider our clients part of the Spot family, and thankfully, they like us, too! Our business has been built nearly entirely through our clients’ word-of-mouth referrals.
“Spot uses a combination of experience, innovation and high end technology to create a finished product that always gets rave reviews. On a personal note, Spot is a friendly, encouraging environment where creativity flourishes, deadlines are met and the resulting product is even better than anticipated. These guys are the best at what they do. I’ve never worked with anyone like them!”
“The people at Spot are hardworking, creative, and know exactly how to deliver what the customer wants. Often times, their finished product was even beyond what was expected!”
Missouri State Baseball
“Spot is the best media production company I have ever worked with. Not only is the quality of their work amazing, but they are good people to work with who deliver at a reasonable price.”
SSM Health St. Louis
“What would we do without our Spot boys?! From Lynn’s keen eyes behind the camera to Jason and TK’s fine and fabulous touches on our post work to Sandy’s sweet sounds … our partnership through the years has been what helps us keep Ballyhoo video work SPOT on! And let’s not forget Aleta and Mary – the women who really run the show (and always ensure our Ballyhoo team is taken care of). Love the SPOTTIES!!!”
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