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Father from hire-my-dad video starts his own company

BRANDON — The local father thrust into the national spotlight after his 14-year-old son made a video to help him find a job has a new gig.

Mark Gullett, who spent the last nine years as a marketing executive with the Tampa Bay Lightning before being laid off in March, has started his own company.

The company, called Mark by Ben Advertising, is named after the YouTube video created by Gullett's son.

Ben Gullett, an eighth-grader at Nativity Catholic School, became a nearly instant celebrity when he posted his video about his dad.

The black and white video, which shows Ben flipping through short personal messages on poster board, has gotten more than 132,000 views.

Gullett's new company, which he created April 23 with former Lightning colleagues Greg Wolf and Bobby Lanza, has already snagged its first clients.

The company has been hired to do brand development and marketing for David Cole Hockey Camps, OAI and a micro beer product, Gullett said Friday night.

Father from hire-my-dad video starts his own company 05/15/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 15, 2009 11:26pm]
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