Issue: May 2006 Issue
Seattle-native Brandon Kroeger didnâ€™t want to leave Cleveland, where he had been living for five years. But his fiancÃ© got a job back in Seattle and so he opted to go with her.
Kroeger, creative director at Broadcast Media Ideas Ltd. (BMI) in Cleveland, was especially upset about leaving a job he loved.
Likewise, BMI, a video and marketing services company, didnâ€™t want to let a good employee slip away.
Instead of training somebody new and losing its investment in Kroeger, BMI, through technology, has been able to keep him on staff.
â€œIâ€™m very, very thankful for what theyâ€™ve done,â€ Kroeger says.
â€œHe was such a great employee that we didnâ€™t want to lose him,â€ says Michael Settonni, president and CEO of BMI.
Kroeger works out of his home in Seattle and is able to edit video and direct the creative process of projects for clients through the
Settonni sees it as stemming the brain drain. Kroeger might not physically be in Northeast Ohio, but heâ€™s lending his talents to growing a Cleveland-based company.
Kroeger, who moved back to Seattle in January, comes to Cleveland for a few days each month.
â€œI didnâ€™t want to leave,â€ he says. â€œIt was a really good opportunity.â€
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