A glimpse into the lives and personalities of the men who started it all...
Patrick Dahl and Dave Knickerbocker
We asked the two founders of Banner Collective a series of random questions. These are their responses.
First things first: Why create Banner Collective?
DK: We had the opportunity to start a company that solved problems for so many companies that are looking for high quality video but want to pay a fair price and be treated well.
PD: I was excited about the opportunity to start and shape the culture at my own company.
The company's unofficial dress code includes a lot of plaid. How many flannel shirts will you admit to owning?
PD: I own approximately 8 plaid shirts and my favorite color combination is blue and green.
DK: I have to confirm but [my wife] Kim counted and at its apex there were like 27 or so.
What is the best costume you've ever worn (and we aren't limiting it to Halloween...)?
PD: One time for halloween my wife was a chef and I was a meatball. I made it myself.
DK: I dressed up as Obi Wan Kenobi and attended a Star Wars movie. In my defense, I was with my daughter who dressed as Princess Leia. However, it was my idea in the first place but I tried to weasel out of it at the last second.
Banner is full of Jedi younglings. Why are you personally a fan of the Star Wars series?
DK: Wow. I’m a fan on so many levels and for different reasons at different parts of my life. Right now, sharing it with my kids has made me a bigger fan than ever.
PD: I am not really a huge fan of Star Wars, but enjoy it as an action movie. I don't think I've seen all of the originals. I also enjoy seeing Dave act like a young boy when it comes to Star Wars.
Between the two of you, who wins in an arm wrestling match?
DK: Arm Wresting – Me. But in traditional wrestling - Pat. He’s impossible to move.
PD: Dave. For sure.
We're seeing a lot of classic sitcoms getting a reboot. What's the 1 tv show you want to see revived?
PD: I'd like it if Game of Thrones never ended.
Pat Dahl having a Splash Mountain moment
If you're taking one celebrity on a week-long trip to Disney World, who gets the coveted invite?
PD: I'm taking Robin Lopez of the Bulls because he wouldn't judge me for how obsessed I am with Disney World since he's a huge fan himself. He also gets along with my son, Henry.
DK: Will Ferrell. There are other celebrities that I would want to have dinner with more or have a serious discussion with but at Disney, I imagine this would be a lot of fun.
Banner's diet is heavy on the pizza. Build your perfect pizza pie for us:
DK: Just Giardiniera [Editor's note: we aren't here to judge if Dave really just wants to eat dough topped with a pickled-pepper relish]
Say time travel is a thing. What era or period are you traveling too?
DK: WWII. I am so fascinated with the greatest generation and view their collective triumph as the most amazing and important accomplishment in the history of mankind.
PD: 60 years in the future so I can see what becomes of my kids!
Banner Collective goes to Milwaukee.
To bring it back full circle, name your top 3 memorable Banner moments:
DK: The first Banner Christmas Party video contest, our 2016 Banner trip to Milwaukee, and landing the Chicago Cubs as a client.
PD: Getting the Cubs account (and the subsequent celebration at 3 Dots and a Dash, going to Milwaukee for a summer trip and moving into our new offices.