We put customers in touch with your brand.

Since 1999, we’ve been sourcing and creating merchandise solutions that extend your brand, create authentic connections and drive sales.

A creative
merchandise agency

We have a simple and powerful mission here at Catalyst: to create a positive impact on employees, clients and vendors by exceeding expectations, striving for excellence in everything we do and being the best part of someone’s day, every day. We start with this mission, and the rest falls into place.

We’re in the business of brand engagement. Since 1999, we’ve been sourcing and creating merchandise solutions that extend your brand, create authentic connections and drive sales — literally putting customers in touch with your brand. We’re not creating just any product; we’re creating unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise and packaging solutions that help elevate your presence and provide that wow, I have to have that factor.

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How do we do this effectively? We start by hiring the right people. All our employees are hard-working, high-energy, creative people striving to provide the absolute best solutions for our clients day in and day out.
We use insightful strategy, inspired design and exceptional execution to deliver merchandise solutions that are innovative, thoughtful and effective. The energy and creativity we put into our work carries through to your audience — and when the final product is in their hands, they’re going to know you “get” them.

If you haven’t worked with us, give us a try. You won’t find a more passionate, talented or creative team in the business.

Tom Havens
Founder and President

Meet our People.

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Mr. CATastrophe
Frodo Baggins Mr. CATastrophe

I love long nature runs, cuddling and eating anything I can find. I can smell food in sealed bags and will open cabinets/the pantry and climb to get to food. I love to chase birds, squirrels and cyclists in the car. I’m super hyper and love wagging my tail. I’m a loveable hairy mess!

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Delivery Dog
Bennett Delivery Dog

Energy! Fun! Fetch! I’m so happy to be in the office every day. Maybe we can go swimming or play in that big old mud pit later? Doesn’t that sound fun?

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Office Patrol Corgi
Burton Office Patrol Corgi

I love finding tiny things to chew on around the office, like bobby pins and thumb drives. I might as well be wearing a police officer vest because I take it upon myself to keep all of these office dogs in line. As for the office humans, they get nothing but smiles and love from me.

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Director of Chasing Tennis Balls
Cooper Director of Chasing Tennis Balls

I like long tennis ball chases on the beach, all the treats, hiking in the PNW, my mom, and most importantly….more treats

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Cat
Gary Cat

I have six toes on my front paws making me polydactyl. Literati consider this exotic because Ernest Hemingway had 40+ polydactyl cats at his complex. Veterinarians will just tell you that this is caused by severe inbreeding and not all that exotic.

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French Bulldog Mix & Trouble-Maker
Grayson French Bulldog Mix & Trouble-Maker

I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Don’t mind me on top of your desk! Toys left unattended will be mine. I’m the office tough-guy until my mom walks away, then you can hear me screaming from down the street.

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President
Tom Havens President

I love the Sounders, Montana and my bike … all for mental health reasons. My wife of 25 years is my best friend. Santa Clara is an awesome school even though I can’t convince my kids to go there. The 3 best things that happened to me are my three kids. The 4th is Catalyst. My latest favorite quote: “I’m trying to be awesome today but I’m exhausted from being so freakin’ awesome yesterday.”

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Office Royalty
Ivory Office Royalty

I may be small in stature, but I’m huge in personality. My pink harness matches my princess spirit.

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Lead Designer
Jo Jarvis Lead Designer

I listen to Christmas music year round and I’ve never seen a musical I didn’t like. I grew up in Idaho, but I love the Seattle rain. I’ve lived in seven states and have two college degrees in Graphic Design and Social Work. I love food, friends, and all things unicorn.

E: JoJ@CatalystTeam.com P: 206.568.2282
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Senior Art Director
Brianna Johnson Senior Art Director

Hailing from a small town in Kansas, I guess you could say I’m just a small town girl, living in a lonely world, and I took the midnight train going anywhere… When not directing the artish type things here at Catalyst, you’ll likely find me with my nose buried in a book, watching old movies, or off on some random adventure in the wild. I love museums, Double-Double cheeseburgers, 80’s teen flicks, National Geographic magazines, baby animal Instagrams, DC comics, Sierra adventure games, the color red, and Bon Jovi. Given the chance, I would spend the next 40 years traveling this amazing planet, then retiring off-the-grid to a small cabin at the base of the Grand Tetons. When I die, I want my headstone to read: “Here Lies Brianna” / “Bad Puns & Finger Guns”.

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Traffic Manager
Nick Johnson Traffic Manager

I’ve been managing projects and herding cats for over a decade. I’m a natural lefty but converted righty. I’m a coffee addict, beer enthusiast, and strict flexitarian. When I’m not working, you’ll find me hiking, traveling, and renovating houses.

E: NickJ@CatalystTeam.com P: 206.568.2294
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Catalyst Security
Kingston & Kooper Catalyst Security

Kingston is independent and happy go lucky and Kooper is grumpy and likes to growl. Together they make the perfect bookends to our office.

 

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Project Manager of Playtime
Odie Project Manager of Playtime

I love people, UPS, people, food, people, and toys that provide a large flappability factor. Did I mention people?

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Office Security aka Poodle Patrol
Oliver Office Security aka Poodle Patrol

Keeps the office safe and secure from delivery people and wasted leftovers

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Managing Art Director
Jessie Orvidas Managing Art Director

I’m a mama to a sweet little boy and a beautiful gray cat, who are my constant companions. Design is a natural interest of mine and has been since I inadvertently created a logo for my dad’s illustration business at the age of two. If I weren’t practicing graphic design, I’d likely be a sommelier or perfumer (along with being an oenophile, I have an unusually good sense of smell). I hold a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing, which makes me feel certified in using the word “oenophile” in a short bio.

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Graphic Designer
Nikki Petraitis Graphic Designer

Tea enthusiast. Pro-Ewok. Air Guitar Aficionado. Adventurer. Bookworm. Design Nerd.

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Mischief Manager
Pippin Mischief Manager

Fun fact: I am not named after the apple, the basketball player, OR the musical. My mom’s a huge dork, she named me after a dumb hobbit from “The Lord of the Rings”. I love rolling in the grass, putting my nose out the car window, getting my neck scratched, and farting in the middle of important client calls. If I could get away with it, I would ignore my dog food for weeks on end. I’m a weird dog.

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HR & Office Manager
Cathy Sapiro HR & Office Manager

Camp Counselor, Head Referee & Bar Tender. I’m the one the team comes to when they need an ear—or a beer. My favorite color is shiny.

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Graphic Designer
Greg Vinson Graphic Designer

I’m a proud new parent of a 6 month old puppy named Maggie who is learning new things about the world every minute of every day. When I’m not glued to my desk chair and in my own little world, you can usually find me doing something outdoors. I love to travel, go backpacking, kayak, paddle board, disk golf, and so on. One of my more recent hobbies is indoor rock climbing and I spend way too much time going to the theater with my MoviePass. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend it!

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Graphic Designer
Ben Woods Graphic Designer

He who controls the spice controls the universe.