We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaac Kiehl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaac, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a father of two daughters, I feel like everything I do has some impact on them. Specifically with work ethic, from the times I’m hastily working through a project to stepping away from my computer to have a few minutes of play with them, I’m always trying to be conscious about what message I’m conveying. My work primarily occurs online and on the computer, so that’s where I’m stationed most of my day. The most important thing I’ve done in terms of an impact is to try to demonstrate that while a strong work ethic is great to have, there’s also plenty of times and opportunity for fun. I know I have an ideal situation where I can be home more than others, but I could easily lock myself away in my office all day. I’m able to take occasional breaks (some days more than others) and focus on my daughters. They know that their dad is working but that that means they’ll also get some additional quality time with him because he is home. I hope they realize that you can absolutely work hard, but it doesn’t have to take away from the fun and the people in your life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career was completely unplanned. 6 years ago I was working as a communications coordinator at a nonprofit and looking for my next move. I was randomly contacted by someone I knew from a previous job and handed half a dozen clients to do digital marketing for. I ultimately decided to take on those clients and that led me to leave my job and start by own business, Digital Sunrise. I had always thought I’d be working for someone, but that one opportunity brought me to complete freedom and the chance to become more creative for dozens of businesses and nonprofits. I’ve never had to properly market myself and 90% of my work has been strictly referral, so that’s a good feeling to know that people are happy with their services. While it all hasn’t been easy, I know I haven’t had to struggle as much as many other businesses have and I’m very aware and thankful for that opportunity. My goal has just been to provide high quality digital services to businesses at affordable pricing, especially to those small businesses and nonprofits who couldn’t afford it elsewhere. I learned through the whole experience that not taking chances was safe and if I had been safe, I would not be in the amazing position I am in now with the work I get to provide on a daily basis. If there’s one thing I’d want anyone to remember about Digital Sunrise, it’s that we work hard to provide high quality digital services that are very affordable and that you typically could only receive at higher-end agencies. We want all small businesses and nonprofits to have access to those services.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There’s plenty of places I would take someone visiting town. When it comes to food, my usual lunch stop is Not Your Typical Deli. Not only is their food nationally recognized, they hire individuals with developmental disabilities so their business model is a win-win! Plus, they have the best chocolate chip cookies in Arizona (as named by Travel + Leisure!). For happy hour and dinner I would head to The Gladly in Phoenix. I love a good scotch / whiskey and they have 250+ whiskies! For outdoors activities, I always enjoy going to Camelback Mountain for a quick hike or for a more extensive hike I like to visit the Superstition Mountains, For some reason Fountain Hills is always a great getaway without really getting away for me. There’s plenty more I’d do, but these are just some of the main places I’d be sure to go!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s a lot of people I can think of that have helped me on my path to where I’m at today. Specifically, I’d like to dedicate this shout out to Ty Largo, the CEO and Creative Director at Awe Collective. Not only is he a great friend, he’s also pushed and challenged me in my work when it comes to campaign ideas for clients that I never would have pursued 6 years ago. We’ve worked together in some capacity over the past 6 years and he’s someone that’s stayed consistent that I can always go to to run ideas by or just talk out ideas.