Richard has been creating and providing graphic design as well as website design and development services since the early 90s. Starting his career in Orlando he has worked and designed for top companies such as Walt Disney World, Orlando Regional Medical Center, and the Orlando Sentinel (Tribune Company). Before starting Four Winds Agency, he freelanced for more than a few dozen local companies. He has worked with companies from New York to the Grand Cayman Islands. As far west as Kansas and a nonprofit in the far east Kolkata, India.
Self described as an indoor kid, it wasn’t until 2002, on a mission trip down the Amazon River, that the outdoor bug started to get him. He has since camped and hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, part of the Grand Canyon, the Guadalupe Mountains, as well as parts of Washington State, and the Sapa Mountains in North Vietnam.
Richard launched Four Winds Agency in 2016 and moved to the Atlanta area in 2017 with his wife to expand the services and spend the weekends hiking and exploring.
Shelby has over 18 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and brand management. She is a results-driven marketer who strives to deliver real results for her clients. Her unique perspective can be attributed to her experience on the client side, sales side, in operations roles and in strategy. These different roles have given her a more holistic approach to marketing and advertising, as well as a desire to provide excellent customer service. She strives to provide the level of service she likes to receive.
Shelby's specialty is digital advertising (including display, search, mobile, and social), but she is also well-versed in traditional media. She is a hands-on digital strategist who enjoys being part of the process, from ideation to completion. She has worked with clients and agencies representing all types of industries, from Financial to Fast Food. Her clients have included Walt Disney World, the Orlando Magic, Miami University, and McCoy Federal Credit Union, just to name a few.
In recent years, she has taken a more operational role, managing the day-to-day digital marketing for a jewelry start-up in New York City, and consulting with non-profit clients regarding business strategy. An avid volunteer, Shelby finds working with non-profits to be especially satisfying.
Born and raised in Florida, Shelby currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, John. On the weekends, you will most likely find her walking through Central Park or checking out some live music or theater with friends.
Nice to meet you, my name is Greg. As you probably know by now, I work with Richard for Four Winds Agency. I live in Orlando and have been in the Central Florida area for more than twenty four years now.
I started doing graphic design around 1989, and have been providing designs and layouts on a professional basis ever since. The Orlando Sentinel is where Richard and I met, so I have had the pleasure of knowing him for some time now. I have had the opportunity to grow as a designer while working there, going form designing for print, to digital advertising using Adobe Flash and Animate. To building websites like the one you are visiting now.
I really do believe that if you want to enjoy life you have to enjoy what you do for work. After all, most people are going to spend the better part of their life while at work. I am fortunate to have found a profession I do enjoy. For instance when you begin new project for a client which is very important for both them and your company, it can be challenging and sometimes even intimidating. But when you are done, and you look back at what you have accomplished, it can be a very satisfying feeling. This is what I have been fortunate enough to experienc during my journey as a graphic designer.
We recently have had several occasions to work with Richard Blount II. We were thoroughly impressed with his skill as a photographer and felt that he was actually working with us, as a partner would do. He was able to take our vague ideas and turn them into the perfect photograph and the perfect ad layout. He exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend him to anyone else who is in need of “creative genius”.
Robert W. Simmons |
You have done a phenomenal job and been most patient and accommodating with us. We are confident our website will be a huge benefit to our business, and we are most grateful to you for your amazing work.
I am more than satisfied with our website. Four Winds Agency is extremely responsive to all our needs by providing creative solutions and ideas for best ways to market our organization and completes everything in a timely manner – even in those “quick-turnaround” times. I highly recommend Four Winds for their talents and skills for web design but also because of their integrity, honesty and concern for others in our community and the world. They are a blessing to us and all who come in contact with them.
Four Winds Agency is my go to source for everything marketing. I feel confident that their wealth of experience will guide me in the right direction when it comes to branding myself. The recent Direct Mail piece that Four Winds designed for me is timeless and continues to drive results. I find working with this agency to be easy both in communication and delivery of final product. Very pleased with this partnership!
Four Winds Agency is amazing. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both Richard and Greg on several design projects including a digital and print magazine. Both designers are open to suggestions and corrections, and they tailor everything to suit your individual themes and tastes. Both are quick to respond (even when the deadline is right around the corner), and the finished project is always what you want and more. Will always recommend Four Winds and its designers for any project!
Richard is a talented and dedicated media specialist who has successfully assisted our companies to gain a successful online presence. He was able to update our current systems without a full overhaul. His valuable knowledge of available tools and resources has saved us time and money. We believe Four Winds Agency is determined to help us succeed and we highly recommend their services.