Founder + CEO

Sean Doughtie

Started: 2005 Hometown: Seffner, FL

Sean Doughtie

With more than two decades of industry experience, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an epic red beard rivaling that of Yukon Cornelius, Sean has made it his life’s work to grow Taproot from the ground up.

Sean left his comfortable position as an art director at another creative agency in 2005 and set out to redefine the traditional marketing firm.

His philosophy was simple: Do business with honesty and integrity, and deliver outstanding work that generates measurable results.

Over time, Sean carefully built a close-knit team of smart and principled people who share his vision for the company and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to complement his own. Today, he takes great pride in empowering them to do what they were hired to do and in giving them all the credit for a job well done.

While Sean still dabbles in design work, he spends most of his time advising clients on creative strategies and ensuring the long-term health and sustainability of the business. Sean’s award-winning career has afforded him the opportunity to work with large nonprofits, government agencies and major corporate brands. He has also served as a communications consultant and trusted advisor to CEOs, governors, U.S. senators and multiple members of the Florida Legislature.

If he’s not in the office, there’s a good chance you’ll find him on the road riding his Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide. Sean is the founding member of the Tallahassee chapter of Bikers for Christ, an international motorcycle ministry whose mission is to share the good news of salvation through Christ to the members of motorcycle clubs around the world. He donates his time and talent to various community organizations and regularly participates in short-term mission projects in and around Lima, Peru.

Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University where he studied a number of things that have little or nothing to do with his ultimate career path. He’s married to the world’s most patient woman and is the father of three pretty awesome children.

The Dirt

  • Favorite typefaces: Gotham, Helvetica Neue, Minion Pro
  • Least Favorite Sound: Country music (with the exception of Outlaw Country)
  • Connoisseur of: All things coffee
  • Known in the office for: Beard petting
  • Favorite Smell: Pipe tobacco
  • Road name: Sketch
  • First College Major: Fine Arts
  • Most Used cliche: At the end of the day...

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