Founder Story
September 4, 2020
Trevor Rappleye - Founder and CEO o

A message from our CEO

“We are so honored to be helping companies with all their national media needs. The fact that we’re able to create videos weekly or monthly, and act as their outsourced video team, is such an honor. We give time BACK to our clients by handling everything. I also wanted to showcase our story and pull back the curtain. So many companies hide behind their locked doors – I wanted to swing them wide open as we become really great friends with every client. I wanted to personally tell OUR story to you and showcase how my team helps businesses around the world to drive sales and engagement. I started this company when I was 13 and have been in love with story and emotion ever since. It’s all about passion and story in marketing – that is what drives sales to close faster. Watch our journey and enjoy seeing us live out our dreams.”

Trevor Rappleye
CEO & Passionate Storyteller

 

2001

As a 6th grader, ran for school historian

2003

Started his first business at age 13

Trevor Rappleye - Dvds2Remember

2005

Started a lawn mowing business at age 15

Trevor Rappleye - Lawn Care Business

2006

Bought the domain: www.eventfilming.net

EventFilming.net Logo

2007

Director at high school TV Station

“As a sophomore, we would produce live broadcasts to students 3x a week. It was so tough and so fun. Here is a blooper reel of me as a kid trying to report on a high school soccer game. It’s all about authenticity…and to this day I still have this same humor.”

2008

High school reporter at KCRA 3, Sacramento

“I actually signed up to be a videographer at age 17 to cover local high school sports with KCRA. I was really nervous and used to stutter really bad as a kid. KCRA called me to start doing live TV spots and I almost said no. I then thought to myself – “why not challenge myself? Why not try and get better?” So I did! They put me on live multiple times, and phew, there are so many funny moments! But in the end, I am happy I challenged myself. This is the same mentality I have for CorporateFilming, FranchiseFilming and my team: always challenge yourself and take risks that other people are too afraid to do. This KCRA experience led to so many more opportunities after that”

2010

Intern at NBC

2012

Intern at ABC

Trevor Rappleye - ABC

2015

First office AND employee. This year, we also secured our first Fortune 500 client. Ever since, I’ve truly began scaling CorporateFilming.net and introducing our portfolio of businesses to the world!

Trevor Rappleye - First Office  CorporateFilming.net

A reminder to always be true to yourself

Thought Leadership

From an interview with Ideamensch:

Trevor Rappleye - Ideamensch

How do you bring ideas to life?

“I love this question. Ideas come to life when you turn off your phone, stop checking email and just THINK. Ponder. Go to the beach and look at the water, go to a local park and sit outside- just mix it up! You’ll be surprised how creative you can be if you don’t sit at your same desk, with your same coffee and the same people around you. Our biggest business decisions have been me laying on the beach working with my hotspot or reading a book. If you do the same thing every single day…how can you plan for next year? 3 years from now? 10 years from now?

Ideas really come when you take 50 steps back and entrepreneurs work ON their business, not just IN it! What big moves do you have to make to grow year after year? My idea for CorporateFilming came on a plane looking out the window, my idea of hiring a full-time customer experience manager (handling bdays, thank you’s, just making our clients SMILE) came from me laying on the beach. People need to set aside time to bring ideas to life. My last piece of advice is don’t try and think of 10 ideas….think of 1 you can implement TOMORROW. Baby steps here, baby steps.”

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