Tomasz Majewski enjoys his split personality when talking about his career in marketing…or is it advertising…or is it communications? He enjoys “plugging into” a team in any of those capacities, and relishes the challenge of taking them all on as well. From concept to ideation, strategy, rough drafts, media purchases, photography, graphic design, working with the media and even coordinating publicity events on the ground! Tom has worked in all those capacities at one time or another.
So far, Tom’s favorite job was as Director of Marketing at Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, where he was part of a small but very dedicated team supporting that non-profit’s education mission. Tom’s job scope was pretty wide – he wrote and/or designed everything from news releases to billboards to brochures, wrote and directed TV and radio advertising, and pretty much everything in between. If you’d like to hear an interesting story or two from that time, Tom suggests you ask him what the inside of an otter mascot costume smells like, or what it’s like to lay on a bed of nails.
In his off time, Tom finds inspiration at art museums and un-curated events like the St. Paul Art Crawl, which he’s been enjoying for over 20 years having first attended as part of a field trip from Duluth Denfeld High School with Mr. Englund‘s art class. His favorite design styles are prairie, modern, mid-century, and “Nordic,” broadly speaking. When not on the interwebs, he can often be found watching some sort of Star Trek show or listening to MPR while tinkering in his garage. Formerly a professional photographer, Tom still struggles to leave the house without a “real” camera in tow.
Parents Stanislaw and Barbara brought Tom to the United States when they emigrated from Communist Poland in the 1980s. Speaking Polish at home exclusively, they ensured he would be able to communicate with his extended family back in the old country. Growing up in Duluth, MN, every other year Tom would go back to Warsaw for the entire summer and live with his grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Those fondly-remembered summers helped him retain the language, stay connected to his roots, and bond with family and heritage. This is a tradition that Tom would like to continue with his children. He has floated this idea to his better half, which has been received with –ahem– mixed reviews.
There are many special souls in Tom’s life. He is a proud fur-dad of a rescued beagle-poodle-terrier 5-year old pup named Stella, and also dad-dad to two very special miniature humans. His first born and heir to the yet-to-be-determined family fortune, is the most handsome 3.5-year old boy this side of Poland named Thaddeus Kazimierz. (Named after Tom’s maternal and paternal grandfathers, respectively.) The most recent addition to the clan is the absolute vision of perfection that is Athena Ruth. (Ruth is a traditional middle name in his wife’s family.)
Tom first met his wife in 2003, and they have been happily married since 2010. He considers Laura to be an amazing person, beautiful woman, and wonderful mom. They live the suburban dream on the south side of the Twin Cities Metro in Richfield. (Minnesota’s 1st suburb!) Friends have been allowed to park in their driveway when flying out of MSP, providing they buy dinner first.
On occasion, Tom does enjoy referring to himself in the third person.