Member Spotlight: LaMont Sledge

LaMont Sledge has been an NTEN member since 2016. 

What’s your current position?

My current position is Communications Specialist Team Leader at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church (SPBC), a mega-church located in Richmond, VA. I started at SPBC as a volunteer more than 15 years ago. Today, most of my time is spent brand building using print, video, and online platforms.

What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?

I’m very passionate about my design work. I love taking a project from idea to fruition that creates movement in people. Either through a piece to assist a person in taking their next step in their spiritual journey or connecting a consumer to engage with a client of mine through a branded piece I created. I love it when a client or colleague of mine light up from something I created or the eyes of a student that pop open when they get a technique or lesson I taught. It is a renewing feeling that pushes me to the next project.

What’s your favorite aspect of NTEN? What’s been the most helpful for you about being in the NTEN member community?

NTEN is a good fit for me because I’m able to draw from the masses when solving day-to-day problems, and in return, I can provide expertise and industry knowledge to others in need. I believe wholeheartedly that “the more we support each other, the stronger the team is as a whole.” I’m glad to be part of my newest team, NTEN. When I’m online, you will be sure to find me actively participating in any discussion where I feel I might be able to make a significant contribution.

What tech tool could you not live without?

Although there are many tools I use to create, there is only one that I feel is impossible to live without and that’s my Adobe Creative Suite. Using Adobe Creative Suite has given me many wins with the time-saving efficiency of the program. My most memorable win was creating an entire annual report in under two weeks time. I love it so much I served as an adjunct professor, teaching Adobe Creative Suite. I don’t want you to think it is a miracle program because I believe that technical execution of a program is mute without the fundamental principles of design, and I emphasized that with every class I taught.

What might the NTEN community be surprised to know about you?

That I’m a cheerleader. That is right! I am the head cheerleader for Team Sledge which consists of my wife of almost 17 years and my two daughters. I never miss an opportunity to tell anyone about how proud I am of them and their accomplishments.