A Pirate employee since 1990, Tom Eymundson has seen the company evolve from its humble radio-shop beginnings to its current position as an industry-leading, multi-disciplinary audio-post house. He’s worked his way up to a corner office, scooping up Cannes, CLIO, Bessie and One Show awards along the way. He has worked as an audio engineer and supervisor at Sounds Interchange Ltd., EFX Systems in L.A., the Air Company and Broadway Video Inc. before settling in as a Pirate partner.
With Tom’s guidance, Pirate has gone from pizza-box lunches and windowless studios to a five-star client experience, with catered meals, bright recording spaces and comfy couches—a Georgian Bay cottage in the middle of downtown Toronto. Tom’s experience paired with an innate ability to not only take a client’s interests to heart, but to understand his client’s clients’ needs, has catapulted him to the head of the audio-post pack. Whether he’s working on a Super Bowl spot or a PSA, he is revered for understanding what people want. “I’ve had a front-row seat to pop culture my entire adult life,” he says. “I may not listen to Taylor Swift, but I know exactly who she is.”
The business models Tom has implemented have led to Pirate’s U.S. expansion and its Spanish-language division, Pirata. Back home in Toronto, Tom oversees day-to-day operations and has worked with every major advertiser and agency in North America, making him a pretty busy guy.
“I get 80% of my work done from 7:30 to 9:30am. From 9:30 to 4:30pm, I’m a director. From 4:30 to 8, I’m a CEO,” he says. “And Saturdays, I fish.”
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He says: “We get to have a lot of fun and make a living at it. You couldn’t ask for a better job than that.”
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