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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

Senior Web Developer

Anna Kat is the driving force behind NMCO’s web development endeavors. With a sharp intellect, unwavering efficiency, and a keen eye for goals, she is the go-to expert for crafting everything from sleek landing pages to nationally acclaimed e-commerce sites. Anna Kat not only serves as your trusted web developer guide but also, if you look closely, you’ll notice she’s always impeccably color-coordinated with NMCO’s brand – a true testament to her attention to detail and commitment to the company’s image.

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

Meet Aaron, NMCO’s “Silent Assassin.” Despite his quiet demeanor, Aaron is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to videography, editing, color grading, drone operation, lighting, and crafting unforgettable cinematic experiences. His remarkable talent and expertise shine brightly, leaving an indelible mark on every project he touches.

NMCO Studio member, Sam

Sam Palm

Video Specialist & Photographer

Meet Sam, our resident photographer extraordinaire, who effortlessly transitions into the roles of Director of Photography, editor, color specialist, and an all-around Jack-of-all-trades. With an innate talent for capturing picture-perfect moments, Sam’s versatility knows no bounds. Beyond the camera, you’ll find him cruising the Southwest, embracing life to the fullest. Oh, and did we mention he boasts a head of truly 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’s journey with NMCO has been nothing short of impressive, starting as a design intern and progressing to become a designer who now plays a pivotal role in assisting with art direction. Her dedication keeps our graphics department on track and ensures our processes are efficient and business-ready. Dana’s knack for creating identity systems has resulted in some of our most recognized work. And, if you’re fortunate enough to listen in, she’s consistently voted the best playlist in the studio.

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

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

When you have a wealth of creative content, you need someone like Lucky with 18 years of business experience to guide you on where to put it. He’s our media placement guru, with the expertise and know-how to maximize your impact. Whether it’s digital banner ads or broadcast TV, Lucky can take any budget and transform it into impressions and conversions. He’s dedicated to finding solutions for your unique challenges, making him an invaluable asset to our team.

NMCO Studio member, Tina

Christina Ballew

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Tina, as a co-founder of NMCO, has been on a relentless mission to redefine creative services in the southwest. Building a creative studio from the ground up was a formidable challenge, but her vision and determination have transformed NMCO into a beacon of professionalism and innovation, known for its people-centric approach and out-of-the-box thinking. While she’s taken on nearly every role in the studio, Tina’s next ambition is nothing short of global. She’s poised to take on the world with her creative endeavors.