Meet Our Team

While our core team is based in the hills above Santa Cruz, California, our larger virtual team and our partners, are plugging in from all over Northern California. We’re all focused on putting our talent and tools to work to tell the best stories imaginable.

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    Tam O’Connor Fraser

    Director/Cinematographer/Editor

    It’s no wonder Tam is in the business of TV—his godfather was Vince Edwards, aka “Ben Casey” (Google it!). And his life in the entertainment industry actually pre-dates that…his parents were circus performers—his mother an aerial artist and his father an animal trainer. Yes, he has stories to tell, but he’d rather tell yours. And he’ll tell it with the passion of a filmmaker and an obsession for customer satisfaction. His biggest flaw: He won’t put down the camera. He’ll keep shooting and shooting and shooting.

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    Susan O’Connor Fraser

    Exec. Producer/Creative Director/Writer

    Susan loves to write. Yes…she’s also the Executive Producer and one of the co-founders of the company, but it’s the writing that inspires her. Telling stories, creating an emotional connection between our clients and their customers; between brands and buyers. She has an eclectic playlist, loves to dance and laugh out loud, and requires that every project we do have some element of fun. She’s passionate about her community and feels blessed to live AND work in Santa Cruz.

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    Regan Eymann

    Producer/Project Manager/Writer

    If you want to understand how Regan attacks a project, consider this: Her Derby name is Shamrock N Roller—she’s the pivot and has been named MVP of her team the last three seasons for the world-ranked Santa Cruz Derby Girls. And, like all pivots, she’s laser-focused on keeping everything on the track, moving in the right direction, and making sure her jammer; your project scores a grand slam on every pass. If you’re looking for a powerhouse producer…on and off skates…it’s how she rolls.

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    Diane Dobbs

    Office Manager

    Diane has an eclectic array of hobbies. She likes to shoot pool, oil paint, read and cook. She also loves spending time outdoors whether it’s gardening, taking her dog Whisper (shhh!) for walks, or hiking. She practices random acts of kindness, including paying someone else’s check (how cool is that) and, like all of us at Tam, loves to laugh. Not so much before noon. Her motto: “All the coffee in Columbia won’t make me a morning person.” She’s always had an aptitude for math. Good thing. She’s our bean counter.

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Meet Our Partners

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    Tim O’Connor Fraser

    Web Developer

    Tim says he loves “to build things with people who care about their work”. In his case, the “things” are websites. Our designated web developer, Tim spends a lot of time staring at a screen so when he’s not working, he’s probably outdoors gardening. Tim’s motto comes from the great Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki: “You are perfect just the way you are, and you could use a little improvement.” Pretty much sums up web development.

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    Aaron Dingman

    2D/3D Graphics/Animation

    Aaron’s favorite childhood memory is climbing Mount St. Helens with his Dad. He was 12. His aspiration to reach new heights continues to this day. Whether it’s pushing his 2D/3D art and animation skills to new levels or pushing himself through martial arts to better himself physically, mentally and spiritually. He takes this same passion for excellence into every project, which has made him our go-to-guy for 3D animation. His secret wish is to attend a steampunk themed costume party. Oops, it’s no longer a secret!

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    Mike Baxter

    Art Director/Digital Effects

    Mike describes himself as adventurous, spending his spare time diving, indoor rock climbing, and competing in obstacle run events. As an art director, artist and motion graphics expert, a sense of adventure can come in handy. He also likes the diversity of the projects he works on and loves to blow away the client’s expectations. We like that, too! Besides his amazing talent, what we like most about Mike is that, like us, he loves bringing laughter into the lives of others. Having fun in what we do is requirement #1.

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    Andy Olson

    Gaffer w/ Grip Truck

    Andy seems to be into rope. He has a zipline in his backyard and he teaches knot tying to 4Hers and scouts. Good thing he gets to hang things for a living…mostly lights. His motto: “My job is to make you look good.” Take our word for it. He will. He also juggles and rides a unicycle but fortunately he also drives his very own grip truck.

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    Daniel Carettoni

    UAV Operator

    When you ask Daniel what he loves about his work, he’ll say “Everything!”. That’s probably why he’s such a joy to work with. He approaches his projects with an open mind and then, together, the ideas fly, right before the camera flies. A photo journalist, Daniel trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (he took 6th in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro), loves to surf, and has been playing with cameras pretty much all his life. When we want close proximity aerial imagery, Dan’s our man.

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    Chris Mark

    Art Director

    Chris looks for positivity in life. You’ll often find him smiling from ear-to-ear and/or laughing. He brings that energy to his work and loves the freedom of finding the artistic/creative solution that’s just right for that client or that project. His best childhood memories were spent outdoors. Snowboarding at the beach, skateboarding on his self-made skate park, or building forts in the eucalyptus grove, Chris took/takes advantage of what our little slice of heaven, AKA the Central Coast, has to offer.

Over the past three decades, we’ve accumulated walls and shelves full of awards for everything from video to print, web to digital media, television programming and commercials (and are honored by them) but it’s how we’ve helped make our customers success that we’re most proud of.

Tam Commandments

Tam Communications is obsessed with satisfying their clients and we do that through the Tam Commandments. Used in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, the (only) six Tam Commandments are messages that support our company’s values.

    • #1 Process is as important as product.

      We’re collaborators. We want our clients to be involved as much (or as little) as they want in the process. And we want it to be easy. In the end, we want the client to be as satisifed with not only the product but the process as well.
    • #2 The customer is not always right.

      Radical thought, right? We believe we are hired for our critical thinking and for our ability to add value. It’s not in our nature to just blindly do what someone asks without running it through the filter of three decades of experience doing this thing we do. In the end, however, the customer IS the customer.
    • #3 Give the customer what they need.

      Closely tied to #2, some times our clients don’t know exactly what they want but they’re typically pretty clear on what they want to accomplish. It’s our job to make certain our creative solution meets or exceeds those objectives. And again, in the end…
    • #4 It’s what we produce that counts.

      Work smarter, not harder. Our clients are less concerned with how hard we work and more concerned with what we deliver. As they should be. We’re always interested in improving the process and our work flow if it will deliver a better product and increase customer satisfaction.
    • #5 Admit your mistakes and move on.

      Clients trust us because we’re open, honest and transparent, even on those rare occasions when we have bad news to deliver. They know they can depend on us to say what we mean and mean what we say.
    • #6 Close the loop.

      We’re all busy and no one wants more email but closing the loop allows our organization and our clients’ to move forward, with the peace of mind that a requested task is done.