The driving force.
In the creative services arena, it is not technology but the staff of genius that makes the magic happen. They are the innovation and the methodology for all great creative ideas. Our clients simply provide them the products and services to apply skills and talents to excel. At Propel, we also seek creative talent with distinct business skills. Thus, a delicate balance of both left and right brain is a rare find—though once in place, we soar.
While we are all highly trained and degreed specialists in what we do, no employee at Propel serves within the confines of a single role. We believe everyone is creative—and everyone contributes to client problem solving. That’s why we’re organized into cross-disciplinary teams. By bringing all of our knowledge to the forefront, our clients reap maximum output. We are also a dog-friendly workplace.
Creative Strategist / Task Master
Dale Rushing is a principal partner of Propel Group, Inc. He helps Propel clients navigate the digital landscape and print marketing arenas with creative strategies that break through and reach their target audiences.
Not bragging, but he has led successful local and regional multi-media marketing programs in the fields of health care, hotels, food and beverage, financial services, consumer/retail, legal, business-to-business, education, real estate, entertainment, sports, automotive and nonprofit, as well as having senior level experience in corporate branding and publication design. (How did he do all that? With a brilliant staff, of course.)
Prior to co-founding Propel Group, Rushing was manager of design services/marketing communications at VHA Inc., where he managed a design team for over 30 business units and regional offices throughout the United States. He has served in senior level creative director positions for numerous well-respected area firms in Dallas. He also has taught publication design at the university level, and he began his career in print media with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Post, where he learned the meaning of deadlines—chop chop. Rushing is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BFA in Graphic Communications. He has completed additional undergraduate work in Switzerland and France. Rushing has served as a board member for the Dallas Society of Visual Communications and is married and has three grown children.
“What If” Creative Strategist
The eternal “what if” guy, Darren Weirich is one of the two founding partners of Propel Group, Inc. Since launching the studio in 1996, he has been integral in acquiring and serving its diverse clients, including EDS, JCPenney, Texas Instruments, Greyhound, The Dallas Morning News, Lucent Technologies, USAA, Neiman Marcus and the Dallas Mavericks.
Prior to co-founding Propel Group, Weirich was owner of o32 design, a graphic design studio. He has also held creative positions at the corporate in-house design department of VHA and the advertising/design firm of Robert A. Wilson Associates. While working towards his BFA at the University of North Texas, he was employed as a creative director at the University Union, working primarily on campus and university program promotions. He was also an art director at Fineline Graphics, a University-sponsored, student-run design studio.
Weirich is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a BFA in Advertising Design. He is married, and has one child and a passion for classic cars and riding his motorcycle. His ultimate goal is to ride his motorcycle through all 50 states. 48 down, 2 to go.
The Cat’s Meow
Yes it is true, Cody is a “Grand Champion” chicken raiser and proud alumnus of the FFA. Times have changed for him since the days of living in a small Texas town with one blinking light. Cody graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a BFA in Communication Design. Featured in “Graphis”—an international design recognition publication—and DSVC student shows throughout college, he set his eyes on the Big D since it was the place to be for advertising and design in Texas. After settling in Dallas in 2005, he planted his feet at Propel Group and has never looked back to the days of small town life.
Morgan can be described with one word–hungry. This Dallas native has an insatiable appetite for all things design. After graduating with a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University—San Marcos, he cut his teeth working in Austin before returning to Dallas in 2004. Not long after that, he pulled up a chair with the Propel Group family and has been feasting on tasty creative ever since. This student of life is constantly growing and loves to over-indulge in photography, travel, live music, the great outdoors and, of course, bacon.
“Who Dat?” Web Designer
A proud New Orleans native and member of the Who Dat Nation, Geoff brings the Cajun spice to Propel Group. Geoff graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a BFA in Communication Design where he learned which creative ingredients make the best design-gumbo (closely-guarded family secret).
Geoff acts as gourmet chef in Propel Group’s web kitchen, where he prepares and plates its most savory web dishes. His enthusiasm for making a difference in the way the Internet is served to its visitors drives him to constantly refine his skill sets and experiment with the cutting-edge. Y’all come back now, y’hear?
Defies the Laws of Physics
Mike is a perpetual motion machine. He never stops moving, fidgeting, learning, experimenting or tinkering. His dream Jeopardy! board is Comic Book Secret Identities, Cascading Style Sheets, French Bistro Cooking, Words With a Q but no U, and Books by David Foster Wallace. Even while he was studying Political Science at the University of Houston, design and tech occupied the vast majority of his mental energies. Over the course of the last 5 years or so, Mike’s relentless pursuit of all things cleaner, faster, and simpler have made him the designer you see zooming around the Propel office today.
(Final Jeopardy? Potent Potables. No question.)