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We sat down with media executive and “notable young pro,” as referred by Notable Life Magazine, Steven Branco, Founder and Creative Director of Toronto-based Digital Media Agency Stamina Group Inc. to talk about his experience in 2020 and discuss plans for 2021.
So Steven, can you give us a brief background of who you are, and how you got to where you are today?
Sure! I was born and raised in Toronto, but have lived and worked in many different cities around the world. I’ve worked in many different industries and sectors, but am a digital native at heart. My passion started in print media actually, my first job was designing a local newspaper. When I joined the View the VIBE team in (insert year), I knew I had found my place, and Stamina Group was born. We’ve been growing our network of creators, influencers and brands that support both the digital media and online editorials ever since.
What was it like for Stamina Group throughout 2020?
Well, I think one advantage we had at Stamina Group was that we were already a predominantly virtual business. All we need to work is a laptop and the internet, so we didn’t have to make the jump to a virtual operation like so many other businesses did. And we had the bonus of being a digital media/marketing agency at a time when everyone was scrambling to get online. We consider ourselves very, very lucky.
What are you most excited about for this new year?
On the business side I am excited for a couple of campaigns we have in the works which are currently top secret – you’ll have to follow me on IG for details. And of course, continuing to grow our network of influencers and creatives.
For me personally, it is definitely travel. Being grounded has been tough for me, I have spent so much of my life travelling I can’t wait to get out and explore a new city. Top of the bucket list is South Africa — to dine with the giraffes — and Calcutta which is where my partner was born and raised.
What can we expect to see in the next few months from Mr. Steven Branco?
We have a ton of really exciting projects coming up in 2021. You’ll just have to follow me on Instagram @Mr.StevenBranco to keep up to date with it all!
Shout out to Nick Merzetti for the fab’ header photo.