August 2, 2012

Featured business person: Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer

Thomas Rainer

Assistant creative director, Armstrong Chamberlain

Rainer returned to Wichita this summer without a job, but his experience solved that problem a month later.

“I figured I’d take my chances,” he said. “It worked out for the best.”

Rainer, 39, grew up in Wichita, attended North High School and studied graphic design and business administration at Butler Community College and Wichita State University.

“I loved design, but I also really enjoy business, so I thought I’d do both of them,” he said. “It was busy.”

He worked as a designer for City Blueprint, a real estate book and Kinko’s, then moved to Rantoul, Ill., to work for a company that makes exhibits for museums. “I was a graphics designer and interactive designer,” he said. “I did touch-screen computer interactive and graphic panels and murals for exhibits.”

He then worked as marketing director for a small business and real estate company before starting his own design firm with the help of a couple of investors. He ran that business for three years before returning to Wichita for family reasons.

At Armstrong Chamberlain, he said, “I help with the flow of projects, making sure they meet deadlines, making sure the clients see them and everything runs smooth, and I help bridge the Web and print departments.”

But he hasn’t lost his interest in design.

“It’s still a passion of mine,” he said. “I still want to do it.”

Joe Stumpe

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