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NMCO Presents Tina | 5 Points on How to Navigate Covid with Your Team

If someone had told us in January how 2020 would evolve we would have suspected utter mischief. We are now in August and the Covid19 pandemic is still real and present. That is why our commander in chief here at NMCO, Tina, wanted to share her playbook for keeping business as usual, as usual as possible.

#1 Be understanding.

Recognize people for hard work and pay attention to changes in productivity or behavior. Recognize that these are uncertain times for everyone and everyone is responding to this differently.

Remember in March how overwhelming everything seemed? Well this feeling hasn’t gone away for everyone. With no predictable timeline for a resolution, keep in mind your team is possibly affected. Be patient, be encouraging and be positive. We all need a little help every now and then, especially now, we are in this together.

#2 Health is priority.

We have half of our team working remotely and the other half is distanced at least six feet. To ensure more safety, every morning we have a digital prompt to ask our employees if they have any symptoms and we check our temperatures using a no-touch thermomenter. We also follow up with a sanitizing session once in the morning and in the afternoon.

NMCO created a guideline to inspire your own sanitation routine. We understand it’s a bit tedious so we thought we’d offer something to help take off the edge. Download is here.

#3 Keep a schedule.

It’s important to help your team and especially your remote team have a sense of normalcy and schedule. Maintain regular meetings and check-ins via video or phone.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, especially during a health emergency, this is a standard industry routine even sans respiratory virus. This keeps goals on track, helps clarify deadlines and never underestimate the comforts of normalcy.

#4 Communication

Communicate and be transparent. We’re all navigating this new world together and as a business owner or manager, you may feel like you should have all of the answers. You don’t. Keep open a line of communication for your clients and team members.

Not only does this keep your team on the same page, this is an opportunity for maintaining and nurturing client relationships, community is vital during these times. Post quarantine we all benefit from some interaction for both work projects and mental health.

#5 Have hope for the future.

Even though this may seem like a standstill with your team or even your own business planning and strategy. Keep going and don’t lose hope. Even though some things need to be adjusted, keep planning for those benchmarks and be a beacon of light for your team.

It’s not too late for the new age ‘Roaring ’20s’!  This can’t last forever, budget carefully, take a deep breath and keep chasing goals one day at a time.

NMCO Studio member, Kahlo


Door Greeter & Cookie Eater

Kahlo is our gentle, friendly, office pup! He loves his belly rubbed, sniffing absolutely everything, and hasn’t found a treat he wouldn’t eat! Be sure to say hi, he loves the attention!

NMCO Studio member, Kelsey

Kelsey Gentile

Web Specialist

Once those websites are complete, Kelsey is our web maintenance manager. From regular updates, security checks, and content updates, Kelsey keeps our websites running smoothly, secure, and in tip-top shape.

NMCO Studio member, Annakat

Anna Kat Hollis

Lead Web Developer & Designer

We really like people named, “Anna”, especially named Anna Kat! Anna Kat is NMCO’s talented web developer and designer. She is smart, efficient, and crazy good at her craft! She has a background in design and focuses on functionality and UI/UX. You’re gonna love working with her!

Zac Wittstruck


If you’re needing quality animation, Zac is your guy! Motion graphics, custom character rigging, and 2D animation are some of Zac’s specialties. Zac always wears a smile and is truly one of the nicest people you’ll meet. When Zac isn’t whipping out great animations, he plays bass guitar for a local jazz band! What a cool cat!

NMCO Studio member, Arron

Aaron Walterscheid

Video Specialist & Cinematographer

Aaron is NMCO’s “Silent Assassin”. While not the most outgoing of our talented crew, Aaron KILLS at videography, editing, color grading, drone operation, lighting, and doing what it takes to get the job done. His experience and skills speak loudly for themselves.

NMCO Studio member, Sam

Sam Palm

Video Specialist & Photographer

With an eye for great picture-perfect moments, Sam is one of NMCO’s extremely talented video specialists! Sam is our main photographer, but also is a Director of Photography, editor, color specialist, and overall Jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not behind the camera, find Sam cruisin’ the Southwest on his Harley and living life to the fullest! Did we mention he has great hair?

NMCO Studio member, Ralph

Ralph Diaz

Senior Video Specialist

Don’t confuse Ralph with Academy Award-winning actor Johnny Depp. Although there’s a close resemblance, Ralph is much more talented behind the camera. He’s done it all from VFX to animation, to producing, directing, and editing some of our most memorable productions. It also should come as no surprise that he’s mastered the technical and practical aspects of videography, giving him the nickname, “The Doctor.”

NMCO Studio member, Dana

Dana Apodaca

Senior Graphic Designer & Art Director

Dana is up to date on all expert software and can design circles around most designers. With creative solutions, a sensibility to trends, and the best artistic output, Dana can do it all from identity systems to layouts, to even giving art direction in our video productions.

NMCO Studio member

Dawn Franco

Studio Manager

With a background in journalism, file archival and organization, Dawn is our client onboarding extraordinaire. From contract preparation, to project management, account direction, and reporting, Dawn stirs the pot for most productions, making sure it’s served hot and on time.

NMCO Studio Co founder, Lucky

Lucky Gonzalez

Co-Founder & Media Buyer

With all of that creative, where are you going to put it?! Lucky has 18 years in business with the expertise and know-how, so he is naturally our go-to for media placement. From digital banner ads to broadcast TV, Lucky can take any budget and translate it to impressions and conversions. He prides himself on coming up with solutions for your problems.

NMCO Studio member, Tina

Christina Ballew

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

When Tina co-founded NMCO she strived to push boundaries in creative services in the southwest. Building a creative studio from scratch was no easy feat but NMCO is now known for its professionalism and people-based, outside of the box ideas.   As Tina likes to say, she has done almost every job except for video editing itself. Her next goal is to take on the world.