Alumni Stories

Drew Waltman

Drew Waltman

The Art Institute of California—San Diego sparked my passion to learn more. Drew Waltman Associate of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2009 , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
Runs a Digital Agency that Focuses on Helping Small Businesses

As the CEO and founder of Waltman Design, Drew Waltman is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of his digital agency that focuses on small business web design, development, and SEO services. He says that his workdays are spent learning about industry trends, addressing calls and emails, and working on projects. Drew also sets aside a period of each day to work on client relationship management. “I will check-in with past and potential clients and follow up on leads,” he says. He completes his day by watching tutorials on Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SEO skills. 

Before opening his own business, Drew worked as the webmaster for the University of California, San Diego News Center website. “To this day, that is one of the highest trafficked websites I have ever worked on. During my time at UCSD, I started building my freelance business by taking on side projects for friends and family,” he says.

Drew had a goal to run his own business—and he made it a reality in 2012. “I jumped headfirst into projects and started out locally working with people I knew and mom-and-pop shops” He runs the business out of a coworking office called BLOC, which keeps overhead costs relatively low. Drew created a virtual agency that allows him to offer quality services at an affordable rate. His team of five contractors includes a user interface designer and front-end developer, a backend developer, graphic designer, copywriter, and search engine optimization specialist.

He says that his education at The Art Institute of California—San Diego sparked his passion to learn more. “Since that time, I have grown a lot as a person and have honed and improved my skillset. I feel in control of my life and where I want to go with my career.”

During tough times, Drew relies on the philosophy that after every dark night, there is a brighter day. He encourages current students to stay focused and to learn from failure. “Never stop learning and asking questions. Surround yourself with positive influences and mentors and set aside time to improve the quality of your life,” he adds.

He uses that advice to cope with—and learn from—tough situations in the workplace. “When facing any challenge, I am calm, cool, and collected. If you can’t be that way, a small challenge might turn into a big problem. I recommend steady exercise, adequate sleep, and mediation.” 

He knows that his career requires dedication and commitment and is prepared to put in the hours needed to achieve his goals. In addition to working for his own company, Drew supports the local community. He’s a member of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association, BLOC Coworking, and the Surfrider Foundation—organizations that help the community and represent his core values.

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