Tina VonderHaar: CEO, Brighton Agency

Tina VonderHaar is CEO of St. Louis-based Brighton Agency. Founded in 1989, the Brighton Agency is a full-service marketing and advertising agency. Brighton takes a multidimensional approach to develop smart strategies and compelling communications to help clients think differently about engaging customers. A woman-owned business, Brighton is dedicated to building brands that resonate in complex and challenging environments.

What do you love most about Your City?

St. Louis has a big town feel but small city amenities. You can get to world class shows and arts and sports and you still know your neighbors. It has Midwest values which means you know what you are getting from St. Louis people. And that’s good.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I’m not a big breakfast person. Coffee is my meal and Starbucks is my restaurant

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – By 6 am my day is usually well on the way. I’m letting out the dogs, and either working out or reading emails  

10:00 AM - My days are very organized and my mornings are the most productive time of the day. By 10 I’m in meetings with clients or with employees.   

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

A real power lunch for me is working at my desk. When I go out it’s with a client and usually at Capital Grille. I know I can get a good salad and cup of soup and sit down and have a real conversation.  

7:00 PM - I’m working out if I didn’t do it in the am, catching up on news, and walking the dogs. And definitely having a glass of wine to decompress.

11:00 PM – In bed, watching some random action type show to get away from the day or playing solitaire.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

AM 2 Cups of coffee, a lot of water, maybe a diet coke if I’m dragging. At night a glass of red wine or vodka tonic.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Waze is the app I use most because I am always driving somewhere. I like changing the voice, sometimes I’ll listen to the movie hero voice if it’s available or a British accent.

What should everyone try at least once?

Going on a Safari.   

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In a good book.