Frogman, Inc

Posted - Apr. 10, 2003 at 7:05 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Ancient Egyptians viewed frogs as symbols of water, renewal and resurrection. The Aztecs saw toads as the earth mother goddess and the Romans believed frogs brought good luck. Nowadays, do you think the looks and habits of frogs fascinate us just as much as their supposed mystical powers captivated civilizations of the past? Well, Lindsay Hernandez of Park City thinks so. She runs Frogman, Inc, the company responsible for marketing and distributing the artwork of Tim Cotterill, or as he likes to be called, the Frogman.

Tim makes bronze sculptures of frogs with the pure intent on making people smile. He likes his art to be fun and entertaining, while also elegant and stylish. When first selling his frogs, Tim set up booths at art shows where he would dress in green tights and entertain patrons with his frog creations and comical anecdotes. The art community loved the routine, but more importantly, a love for Tim's frogs was born.

Several years ago, Tim found himself unable to simultaneously manage the marketing of the bronze amphibians while also creating new ones. So he sold the rights to his work to Lindsay's brother, Ian McTavish, who managed the family foundry in California where Tim poured his art. Ian then hired Lindsay to market the frogs and Frogman, Inc emerged.

Lindsay says the popularity of the frogs continues to grow and the company has a hard time keeping up with the demand. Frogman, Inc. sells well over a thousand frogs a month to galleries all over the world. Some people, including several celebrities, go out of their way to collect all of Tim's frogs. The frogs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and stances. Many of the frog poses are more human-like than frog-like, and since each is hand painted, no two frogs are alike.

The pieces are quite creative, and who knows, given Tim's talent for art and Lindsay's ability with marketing, maybe Frogman, Inc. will be writing its own chapter in the history of man's dealings with frogs.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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