steve @ bonseyeonline.com
The president and founder of Bon’s Eye Marketing, Stephen Bon possesses more than 10 years of experience in news and feature writing as well as graphic design, editing and marketing strategy. He was awarded by the American Institute for Graphic Arts (Raleigh/Charlotte Chapter) for his cutting-edge design and layout. He’s also received past honors for writing by the North Carolina Press Association.
Before spearheading the full-service, award-winning Bon’s Eye Marketing four years ago, Stephen worked for a firm that helped clinical research organizations (CROs), manufacturers and product development companies in the pharmaceutical industry build up their client bases. In this role, Stephen assisted in the creation and management of a number of lead-generation strategies and marketing campaigns.
Prior to his time on the pharmaceutical scene, he served as the editor for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for nearly three years. There, he wrote in-depth news stories geared toward the business sector and designed the publication’s pages. Stephen’s responsibilities included managing writers and all things editorial, creating monthly news budgets and promoting the publication within the community.
Aside from his position as the Journal’s editor, he’s worked as a legal reporter, features writer, political reporter, copy-desk editor and layout artist. His award-winning writing has appeared in a number of publications across the state of North Carolina.
In addition to his written work, Stephen routinely serves as a guest speaker at a number of civic functions. His past discussions covered subjects such as writing to a target audience, marketing a business, online marketing, and using the media to improve PR. This, coupled with his regular appearances on broadcast / radio shows and seminar panels keeps him in the public spotlight.
Through Bon’s Eye Marketing, Stephen aims to change the approach, look and style of marketing. His no-template philosophy forces the team to constantly strive for innovation when dealing with individual clients. As Bon’s Eye Marketing forever ramps up operation, it continually recruits only the most talented and experienced professionals in the trade.
sarah @ bonseyeonline.com
Since graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in journalism almost 10 years ago, Sarah Bon, vice president of operations for Bon’s Eye Marketing, has worked for a variety of publications as a features writer, reporter and editor.
Many of the feature stories she wrote at the Rocky Mount Telegram were picked up by the Associated Press wire and printed in newspapers across the country. As a reporter for the State Port Pilot, Sarah won a handful of awards from the N.C. Press Association, including first place in feature writing and news reporting.
While at the State Port Pilot, Sarah campaigned for more coverage of northern Brunswick County and succeeded. Her push for expanded reporting and public relations helped pave the way for greater circulation and reader awareness in the region.
Before joining Bon’s Eye Marketing, Sarah served as editor of the Greater Wilmington Business Journal for two years. During an ownership change, she helped redesign the publication, providing direction for new sections and features.
Today, she oversees all of Bon’s Eye’s accounts, projects and marketing efforts. In addition, she handles media relations, copywriting and marketing conceptualization. Sarah delivers her award-winning content style with every project that passes through Bon’s Eye’s doors.
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Steve Rivenbark is a Wilmington native and has worked in the graphic design industry for ten years. He brings his expert knowledge of aesthetics to Bon’s Eye clients – helping them create the most influential brand to sell their products and services.
Steve specializes in logos, corporate identity, online and traditional branding. His passion to tell stories through images started as a young child. At a very early age, Steve became fascinated with technology and design. He grew up knowing he was destined to become a main player in the field of graphic arts. A self-taught freelancer, Steve ultimately moved into logo design for Logoworks.com. After a few years of conceptualizing and creating logos on a daily basis, he decided to start his own business.
In 2009, Pflummingo Design was born. It wasn’t long before his firm crossed paths with Bon’s Eye Marketing. After partnering with Bon’s Eye a handful of times over the next two years, Steve joined the team as the lead graphic design. In short, he rocks!
dave @ bonseyeonline.com
David W. Frederiksen is a professional writer who has worked in higher education publishing (McGraw-Hill), journalism (Wilmington StarNews) and corporate health care (New Hanover Regional Medical Center).
He is a 1993 graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He has published two books on the history of the Lower Cape Fear and is the founder of Wilmington’s Men, Ink. magazine.
His wonderful and incredibly patient wife, Julie, continues to teach him a lot about himself, including how to better love (and manage) their three beautiful daughters.
Silenced By Gratitude | A note from Stephen Bon
Most of you knew my mom as Marty. She was a Bon’s Eye co-owner and extremely instrumental in its success. Still, that’s not what defined her. Instead, it was her unmistakable compassion for everyone.
I can tell you first hand that mom rarely met a stranger. She considered everyone an important person on her journey. Often over weekend meals – many masterfully cooked in her kitchen – we’d hear stories about the folks in her life.
She’d tell us about her friends… her teammates at Bon’s Eye, fellow Rotarians, cool artist companions, neighbors down the street, intellectual book clubbers, Facebook buds, Words with Friends click, and vast network of beloved individuals.
She’d share anecdotes about my “crazy father” – and her husband of 46 years – Chuck. She’d talk with great pride about my sister Jessica’s latest career milestone. She’d express her excitement over enameling with my mother-in-law Laura, and remind us of how much she adored her little angels – the grandkids. She’d reminisce about times spent with her siblings in Pittsburgh, and proved to us the protective heart of an oldest sister never grows uninterested.
With everyone she met, mom found a special value. At the same time, she offered us a glimpse into her world. It was one filled with writing, jewelry making, opera, cooking, fashion, prolific reading, civic-duty and empathy. She’d welcome us in with gusto, and most would be blinded by the radiance.
Judging by her constant positivity, mom’s weeks were filled with wonderfully-close relationships and boundless opportunities. She was thankful for these blessings.
That’s why we crafted this in her honor. It’s out of appreciation not just for the person, but what she stood for: Gratitude… vibrant, unshakable gratitude. It resonated from her soul and illuminated her entire being.
My mother cherished everyone that she knew and the moments that played backdrop to such togetherness. She was fiercely grateful for the light brought to her days, and felt great fortune to experience such beauty. I learned from this. We learned from this.
In the weeks before mom passed, it seemed her spirit did most of the talking. On one visit to the house, I sat next to her bed and she said,
“It’s interesting to me how you can evolve as an artist. You’re carrying a message, showing that you can bring meaning, regardless of how late in life. It’s important. It’s not about money or materials. It’s what you bring to life.”
These words stuck with me. They’re the reflection of an existence with purpose. For mom, she brought compassion and gratitude. Those were the principles that steered her every action. She lived by these qualities, taught by these qualities, and certainly loved by these qualities. THEY were her meaning.
So we continue to turn our gratitude towards you, mom, Marty. Thank you for shining your brightest, even when it wasn’t always easy. Thank you for your willingness to listen, relate and help… everyone. Thank you for your uplifting attitude toward challenges and graceful navigation beyond them.
Today, there really are no other words than, “Thank You.”