1797 Creative is a house united.

Here you won’t have to choose between a strong creative team or a great media team, sacrificing quality and strength in the other half of your agency.

Tommy Richards

President/Creative Director

Tommy Richards: 1797 Creative’s President and Creative Director Tommy Richards has over 30 years of experience in advertising and graphic design creating and designing logos, print ads, radio and television spots, internet banner ads, outdoor ads and more for a large range of clients and industries. Tommy is a true artist, bringing his talent to all creative marketing projects. Along with numerous prestigious awards, Tommy has earned Addys at the local, district and national levels. He founded our agency to offer clients a more streamlined, comprehensive, agile and effective choice for our clients.

Favorite quote: “Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Tommy admires honesty and humility in his circle of friends. He’s also well down the path of being an oenophile, so you can count on him to bring a bottle he didn’t choose by the graphics on the label. That’s how Julie chooses her wine. most beautiful design trends.

Sandra Richards

CEO/Media Director

Sandra Castro-Richards has a rich history of agency experience working on many types of industries, including extensive public entity experience. She brings to 1797 Creative an in-depth knowledge of brand marketing research and media strategy. As CEO and Media Director, Sandra oversees the agency direction and working on brand and marketing strategies for clients. With a strong background in consumer research, she delivers efficient and research-driven media purchasing plans that meet and exceed campaign goals. 

Favorite quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

Sandra would love to learn to sew. She tried once. It didn’t go well, but she’s no quitter! Maybe she’ll make outfits for Jennifer’s dogs! 

Jennifer Smith

Social Media Director

Jennifer Smith is the Social Media Director for 1797 Creative. With the rising importance of social media in today’s marketing and communication, Jennifer’s role fulfills an integral part of every client’s campaign. We live in an age of cord cutting and receiving news and messaging on mobile devices; having an expert with her finger on the pulse of the latest trend is critical!

Favorite quote: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” — William Shakespeare

Both of Jennifer’s daughters were born premature, one at 35 weeks and 4 lbs 12 oz, the other at 26 weeks and 1 lb 10 oz. This quote perfectly fits her tiny fighters.

Dogs or cats? Jennifer is a dog girl, through and through. A big fan of cocker spaniels, she has two waiting on the other end of the rainbow bridge, has one now, and already has plans for a future family member! She also wants Sandra to make dog outfits, specifically glitter tutus to match her daughters.

Julie Graham


Julie Graham is our staff writer and contributes text for everything from social media to campaign speeches to press releases. She has a degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and over 20 years of experience in marketing and communications for state associations and business across several industries.

Favorite quote: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” – Ronald Reagan

Julie’s favorite indulgence is cross-stitching under a blanket and a pile of dogs during a thunderstorm. It’s her Nerdvana. Her daughter is a ninja (a combat martial arts black belt) and small enough to pack in Jacqueline’s suitcase.

LaDale Juniel


As our web developer and designer, LaDale's mission is to create designs with excellent aesthetic and functionality based on deep understanding towards the product and product users.

Favorite quote: "Think the design, design the thinking." – Sebo

In his spare time he enjoys cold music, live beer and watching countless hours of YouTube videos.

Alyssa Blakey

Social Media Specialist

Alyssa was raised in Bulverde, TX, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She is now pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. She is passionate about helping companies and has a deep appreciation for quality content. Alyssa enjoys learning new social media tactics and trends. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and above all else, her dogs Mason (Staffordshire Terrier), Tye (Golden Retriever), and Cash (German Collie). She also enjoys country music, the NBA, coffee, wine, and Mexican food.

Mariam Gadban

Creative Intern

Mariam is a San Antonio native and student at the University of The Incarnate Word. She is a Design, Media, and Technology Studies major and is also pursuing a minor in marketing. She has a passion for design and technology and loves to work with editorial layout, type, and illustrative design. Outside of work and school, Mariam enjoys spending time with her friends, listening to live music, shopping way more than she should, trying new restaurants, and is an avid Spurs fan.

Favorite quote: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."

-- Maya Angelou

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