Digital marketing agency Media Captain calls an 1880s former-governor's mansion home

Jess Deyo
Columbus CEO
The Media Captain's first floor lounge space.

The Media Captain chose its name in hopes of making a statement, and for the sake of consistency, it only made sense to turn the mansion once home to the Ohio governor into the digital marketing agency’s newest space.

Jason Parks was only 22 years old when he founded Media Captain in 2010 with the help of his sister, Stefanie. The team has grown to 17 employees including digital, paid search, social and SEO strategists along with web designers and developers

Founder Jason Parks hoped to achieve a vintage feel with several unique pieces, including a conference table made from an old bowling alley floor.

The company has established a solid foundation in Columbus, taking on clients like Schottenstein Real Estate Group, CME Federal Credit Union and Feazel Roofing. About 80 percent of the company’s clients are local. 

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But Columbus isn’t the only place noticing the marketing agency—Media Captain was voted a Top 1 percent agency in the U.S. by UpCity and a Top 1000 Global B2B agency by Clutch. 

Parks says none of the company's success could be possible without his team. To help welcome continued growth, he knew it was time to move from the old offices on East Long Street to the new office at 394 E. Town St. 

The office is actually an 1880s mansion once home to former Ohio Gov. Judson Harmon.

The 1880s mansion was home to Ohio Gov. Judson Harmon. It features two conference rooms, six private offices and multiple collaborative workspaces. It also has three floors, the third being used for recreational purposes.

When founder Jason Parks purchased the space, he also negotiated to keep several pieces of furniture.

Parks was attracted to the 7,346 square-foot space because the bones were good, he says, and he hasn’t changed much since. When he purchased the space, he also negotiated to keep some of the furniture, like benches and a conference room table, to pay homage to the past. 

For decoration, Parks chose vintage advertisements in the main office and colorful pieces are spread throughout. And, to fit the Media Captain brand, there’s no shortage of on-theme memorabilia. 

The Media Captain's first floor office space is meant to encourage collaboration.

Currently, four of his employees are working fully remote out of state and others are working a hybrid of at-home and in-person work. In the future as the company grows, Parks says the office could comfortably fit 20 people.

The Media Captain's new space features six private offices and has three floors.

But for now, he hopes to continue making an impact for businesses alongside his team in the city he calls home, pulling inspiration from the office packed with century-old tales.

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