Get To Know DRP Graphic Designer

Meet Kelly Neaton

Kelly has been a Graphic Designer and animator at DRP for the last year. She earned her bachelors degree in Graphic Design at Keene State College with a minor in Studio Art.

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What was your first job? What skills from that job do you use today?


My first job was refereeing little league soccer when I was 13. I learned a lot about accountability and leadership. Waking up early on the weekends to teach and assist kids with the fundamentals of playing a sport was extremely rewarding.

My first design related job was an internship my senior year in high school with a start up called The Verge Awards. At first, I thought it was only to fulfill school credits, but I quickly realized I was wrong. Assisting the graphic designer with projects such as logo design, advertisements, and website design; I realized I had a strong passion. This sculpted my decision to accomplish a design degree in college.  

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I don’t even know where to start…The projects I work on are so fun! I have been wanting to push my animation skills and this job has been the perfect opportunity to do so. I knew I wanted to work in the beauty and fashion industry but didn’t like the idea of living in a big hectic city, so Digital Retail Partners has been a great fit for me. You can not find another design company like this in Connecticut. The cherry on top are my coworkers. Working remotely three days a week, I find myself looking forward to the days we are together because I love everyone’s company, it is like we are all a family.

Tell us about someone who has inspired you or helped you along the way? How has that person impacted your work today?

Can I say more than one person? I grew up with five older brothers and they have always been my inspiration. They never once treated me like I was less capable of doing anything they could do, even if that meant tackling me while playing backyard football. They showed me that I am an equal and that I can do anything I set my mind to.

What is something you wish you’d known before entering your line of work?

I wish I knew after graduating college how hard it would be to find a position with little to no experience. It isn’t easy to take rejection after rejection personally and get down on yourself. I wish I had someone to reassure me that I am fully capable to have a successful career in graphic design and that I cannot give up. I am so thankful Deb took a shot on me and brought me into her team. This job has given me so much confidence in my design and animation skills and I can’t wait to see them develop even further in the future.

Fun Fact:


Kelly's family purchased a lake house in New Hampshire in 2004 where she picked up the hobby Wakeboarding and has been loving it ever since.

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Get To Know DRP Ecommerce & Creative Content Manager

Meet Maddie Thumma

Maddie is the Ecommerce Manager at DRP for the last three and a half years. She attended college at Eastern Connecticut State University where she majored in Communication (concentrations in Advertising and Public Relations) and double minored in History and Digital Art & Design.

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What was your first job? What skills from that job do you use today?

My first job was actually in early middle school, my dad would have me Q/A his company’s website for broken links and I would make a list and then watch/help him fix them. I’d say that was my first introduction to computer code and website functionality, which I definitely use today.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I like that I can continue learning. Technology is changing so much that you just have to keep up, whether it’s a Shopify update or a fancy new email marketing platform...there’s always something to learn. I also like the variety of skills I get to use: One hour I’m designing, the next I’ll be showing a client how to use their site, and then I’ll be in the backend building the site. It’s more fun for someone like me who isn’t necessarily only design-focused.

Tell us about someone who has inspired you or helped you along the way? How has that person impacted your work today?

Would it be weird to say Deb? (I know it’ll come off like I’m sucking up 😂 ) I started at the company directly out of college as an intern. Back then it was Deb and I and a handful of outside resources, and since then we’ve grown into an actual company! Deb was the first designer I ever worked under and she’s the one who introduced me to Ecommerce, something that we didn’t touch in school. She was and still is patient with my learning pace and she allows me to explore new techniques that I don’t think would be tolerated in a larger corporate environment.

What is something you wish you’d known before entering your line of work?

I’m not really sure, it’s weird, because I entered the industry as such an inexperienced person that I’ve grown with the industry and the company. I guess when you start from a very low baseline anything you learn is good, right? 😂 Well I take that back, I wish I learned more code! I hate having to ask developers for help when it’s such a small thing! I’m learning.

Fun Fact:

Every year Maddie competes at BattleBots on Team Huge.

Battlebots is the the top global combat robotics competition, airing on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel.

The team started combat robotics at smaller competitions and is made up of robot builders Jonathan Schultz, Peter Lombardo, Maddie Thumma, Garrett Santoline, and Don Doerfler. They won best design at the competition in 2018 and went to the final round of 16 both seasons. No win yet, but there’s always next season!

Click here to view their website.

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