Driven by creativity, aggressiveness and caffeine, Damian founded Asayo Creative Inc., focusing on brand marketing in 2007. He then launched STICK, LLC, a regional vehicle wrapping company. In 2015, he combined those two entities to create The STICK Co., a single, unique entity offering a full line of branding services. Damian’s passion for design, risk-taking nature, and knowledge of multiple industries makes visualizing projects easy. His brainstorming abilities are relentless as are his communication skills with strategic direction often communicated via text messages (he last checked his voicemail in 2009).
An entrepreneur (and insomniac) at heart, Damian has added to the growth of the company over the years. In 2011, he founded the WV Oil and Gas Expo, a business-driven trade show focusing on the growing energy demand in the state. In 2014, he launched Team Stick and Stick Tattoo Company. Team Stick is a company initiative to support regional athletes, artists and individuals who are not afraid to push the limits to the max. Team Stick features athletes competing in many not-traditional sports such as Motocross, BMX, Dirt Track Racing, Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts.
Stick Tattoo Company was formed out of a combination of Damian’s passion for tattoos and the determination recognizable in the Stick brand to our consumer base. The company features some of the best tattoo and body piercing artists in the region and adds a retail platform to the STICK empire.
Damian was recently recognized as a 2016 West Virginia Young Guns by the West Virginia Executive and was named to the 2014 Corridor Magazine’s 40 under 40.
In addition to random creativity, continuous business ideas and 2 a.m. emails, Damian spends much of his time being involved in various organizations, but most directly with WVU Medicine’s Children’s Hospital and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This year will mark Damian’s eighth year of serving on the WVU Children’s Hospital Annual Gala committee, of which he was a Co-Chair in 2015. He then launched the first annual “Tats 4 Tots” campaign in the region, raising money and donating artwork to the hospital.
He is also the regional coordinator of the Walk MS Morgantown and Run MS Morgantown 5K, and remains active in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society organization. In addition, he has donated work to various organizations such as the Humane Society, Autism Open, Sgt. Todd May Foundation, WVU Veterans and the 9/11 Foundation.
Always a designer at heart, Damian helps to oversee both the creative and business development of the agency. He truly believes that the best way to help market and brand clients is to become part of their team in spirit and in mission. This process has served STICK well and will no doubt continue to do so as we take over the world.