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Marching to the Beat of Our Own Drum: Get to Know 1st Degree

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

As the month of March ends and our company continues to grow, we thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about 1st Degree.

  1. 1st Degree was founded in 2003 by Laura Hunt, the president and mastermind behind our company’s big ideas. Over the last 18 years, 1st Degree has worked on some amazing projects for nonprofits, associations, corporations, government organizations and countries!

  2. In 2015, 1st Degree became a part of Moore, one of the largest marketing firms in North America. We regularly partner with other Moore companies including shooting a commercial while sky diving (yes, Laura watched from the ground).

  3. The team here at 1st Degree has made some amazing memories! Some of our favorites include:

    1. Flying with the Blue Angels to support Toys for Tots.

    2. Welcoming Drew Carey as the emcee for the Veterans Inaugural Ball – and working on an inaugural ball!

    3. Working with the USO and President George W. Bush to stuff care packages one day before Thanksgiving and learning that he hand-delivered them the next day to troops in Iraq.

  4. We have been lucky enough to be a part of over 41 organizations’ stories and events. From galas to motorcycle rallies, concerts to cross-country marketing tours – we have been the creative force behind many unique marketing experiences. There is no idea too crazy for us to plan, and we cannot wait to see what is next!

  5. Did you know that Laura Hunt once commandeered a train for Dr. Phil to deliver toys for Toys for Tots?

  6. Ever wonder what’s in a name like ‘1st Degree?’ We believe that when you are only one degree away from achieving your goals, we are the people that can get you there!

  7. From humble roots in Laura’s home office to locations across America, our team is positioned to get it done and we are growing. What started as a team of three is now a team of 23.

  8. Fun fact: We made it possible for the delivery of over 1 million care packages to service members overseas through our work with the USO.

  9. We have experience in sports marketing and have worked on projects for the NFL, MLB, NCAA, NHL and have designed 11 NASCAR vehicles.

  10. As a part of Moore, we believe in giving back. Every quarter our staff volunteers with a different community organization. To date, we have helped support over 100 charities in the past 18 years, and we do not plan to stop!

  11. Did you know we have placed billboards in Times Square? Yep, on New Year’s Eve in 2019, we placed our biggest billboards to date for The American Legion and Paralyzed Veterans of America in Times Square, New York. It was amazing to see the missions of our clients in lights in one of the busiest intersections in America.

  12. We have a motto: It’s not done until it’s overdone. At 1st Degree, we create compelling brand experiences that use effective storytelling to help our clients share their mission. We put the fireworks at the end of the red carpet. Our goal is not just to host a gala, but create an experience that people want to be a part of long after the dishes are done. Because every organization is different, every project we deliver is tailored to the uniqueness of the client it represents.

Want to become a part of the team at 1st Degree? We are currently hiring and would love to hear from you. Find out more about our current openings here.

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