Somxay Thammas | Designer
Somxay Thammas (Somsai Thomas) is a multi-faceted and multi-disciplined designer with over 10 years of professional experience in Honolulu as well as Wailuku. Somxay has spearheaded the marketing, design and production of numerous print projects and collateral materials for a wide range of clients. He specializes in branding, identity systems and packaging, as well as multimedia, web design and development. His work has been recognized with various awards in both advertising and design.
Somxay is of Thai and Laotian nationality, who was born in Laos but grew up in the United States. He lives on Maui where he graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School and the University of Hawaii-Manoa, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Somxay continues to advance and share his love for design as a guest speaker on the various design fields and topics to high school and college students. He volunteers his time and knowledge in mentoring students who are interested in pursuing a future and career in art.
Sheryl Hom | Creative Director
Sheryl Hom is an award-winning Writer, Creative Director and Marketing Consultant who combines Hawaii and Mainland advertising/PR experience with proven expertise in brand and event marketing, Web development, print and broadcast work.
Her Hawaii background has been extensive including 12 years with two of the largest advertising agencies in Honolulu. As senior writer at Milici Valenti/ DDB, Sheryl wrote and produced print and television campaigns for the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, First Hawaiian Bank, First Insurance Company and McDonalds Hawaii. As Vice President/Creative Director of Starr Seigle McCombs, she was the principal writer for Bank of Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, Nissan-Hawaii, as well as the Halekulani Hotel. She has won over 45 Hawaii Advertising Federation awards including top Pele honors and regional Best in the West awards. Her creative campaigns have also been featured in Communication Arts magazine.
Sheryl’s next move took her to Los Angeles where she became the Creative Director at a small, edgy ad agency in Southern California. Her outside-the-box image campaigns for ITT-Cannon, brought global brand awareness to the interconnector manufacturer. She also wrote print ads and produced TV spots for Ellesse designer sportswear, the Rusty Pelican restaurants and the Southern California dealerships for Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar automobiles.
Although the Mainland gave her the experience to hone her skills, Hawaii has given her the heart to touch audiences young and old. Her memorable “Harry and Myra” television commercials for Bank of Hawaii ran for eight straight years due to popular demand. In 2011, Sheryl’s overall conceptual work and creative messaging for Hawaiian Telcom’s Always On campaign again resonated with local residents and revitalized the telecommunications leader across the islands.
Recently, she helped set the stage for the re-emergence of the iconic Kaka’ako district by creating its overall brand messaging and writing its signature brochure. The stunning 30-page showpiece for Kamehameha Schools targets potential residents and retail tenants, positioning 21st Century Kaka’ako as the new urban epicenter of Honolulu.
Currently based in Maui, Sheryl specializes in innovative branding concepts and crisp, compelling copy. She consults and writes for a broad range of clients from non-profits to renewable energy companies, small business to real estate development. She is also retained by the Maui Economic Development Board to develop ongoing outreach solutions for key statewide initiatives, including STEMworks, Island Energy and GeoTech programs.
More at www.homcreative.com