Seattle, WA—WONGDOODY celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month. The company, established as WONGDOODY in Seattle, was co-founded by Tracy Wong and Pat Doody in 1993. The agency employs a staff of over 100 with offices both in Seattle and Los Angeles.
Company partner and CEO Ben Wiener and co-founder and ECD Tracy Wong announced the return to the original company name, WONGDOODY, last week. The agency celebrated the two-decade milestone with a party to honor employees past and present, and to send co-founder Pat Doody off into retirement in style. The party, MC’d by El Vez, the Mexican Elvis, featured entertainment by Puddles the sad clown, Atomic Bombshells burlesque Troupe, all female KISS cover band dubbed PRISS and go go dancing unicorns from Mod Carousel.
When asked about the agency’s staying power, partner and CEO Ben Wiener commented, “Any company is truly the sum of its parts, and we are lucky to have some of the smartest, most talented people in advertising on board to help nurture our unique culture.”
“Despite job offers from a well-financed tech startup and a magazine, it was Pat Doody’s passion for the business that inspired me to join WONGDOODY 19 years ago—as an unpaid intern. Four months in, Pat started paying, and the rest has worked out pretty well,” he continued.
“We’ve made it through two recessions (one “Great”) and two decades of the most tumultuous changes in the history of advertising,” added Tracy Wong. “No small feat, especially for an independent shop. In that time, we have seen so many talented agencies come and go. I can honestly say it is our culture that has sustained us, relationships with employees and clients coming before the work. Campaigns come and go, but relationships endure. We have built an inclusive environment, a ‘Creative Democracy,’ which stands in stark contrast to the typical agency snake pits that have little regard for their own people. The culture has helped us evolve our business, and it will carry us into the next 20 years.”