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Meet Ike Elimsa of Twelve12 in Orange County and Westwood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ike Elimsa.

Ike, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was young, I always wanted to be a designer, mostly a car designer. But growing up in difficult circumstances, I also wanted to “make it” and thought that there was no money in design, so at a very early age I became a banker. After years in banking, I was doing really well and had made many connections, but I wasn’t happy. I decided to leave the industry and start my own company. One thing led to another as it always does, and years later, I sold that company successfully, which allowed me the opportunity to start doing what I love – design and production. I found myself the producer and host of a very successful TV show that ran for six seasons. Eventually, Twelve12 was born, and we became a full-fledged branding and marketing agency in a very organic yet methodical manner. Today, we are a global, yet still a very boutique agency that has served 200+ organizations, including some very big names, and others that are hopefully soon to be big names.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a business is like raising a child. Nothing worth having comes easy, you have to fight to be the best, you have to work harder and faster than anyone else if you want to be successful. It’s a constant climb, but at times when you have the chance to stop and look down, it’s exhilarating to see how far up you have come and just how much more there is to go. One should be pleased with progress but also humbled at the journey.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Twelve12 – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Twelve12 is a full service, end-to-end marketing and branding agency. In short, we help companies grow! We do this by helping them with their strategic plans, by creating amazing branding and then showing it all to the world with industry leading and innovative marketing. From a company logo to a Super Bowl commercial, and everything in between, we do it and we do it well. We are most known for our branding work and I am most pleased and proud of the fact that we retain our people. And by our people, I mean both our team members and our clients. Some of our very first clients are still our clients today, and that makes us so happy. They grow with us and we grow with them.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
It’s both an amazing and unique time to be a branding and marketing company. Business for all sectors had been amazing for years, now all of a sudden and out of nowhere COVID came. It has started something, and we will only see its full effects in time. So for the near future, our plans are to be ahead of the ball for all our clients, be nimble thinkers that can both pivot and create opportunity where others may see challenges.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 9790 Research Drive Irvine CA 92618
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  • Phone: 9492886790
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