Swearingen Advertising


Swearingen Advertising is an advertising, marketing, strategy, design, branding, and public relations agency founded in 1963 in Portland, Oregon.

We help companies and organizations achieve their awareness, sales, and brand loyalty goals by creating advertising and related marketing communications that is impactful, effective, and efficient.

A second generation family business, we've succeeded at this for nearly 50 years by doing one thing extremely well: turning out simple, powerful ideas that generate results and then offering a broad range of services to bring those ideas to life.

How does an independent ad agency thrive for 50 years?

First, by meeting client needs. And second, by recognizing that client needs change.

We recognize that the typical departmentalized, fully-staffed, hierarchical agency is ill-suited for the changing needs of most clients. That structure is inflexible, slow, limited, and very expensive. So, we are now organized around a core staff supported on as-needed basis by carefully chosen associates.


Tom Swearingen joined his father Dick Swearingen at the agency in 1977 and became President in 1991. Dick is now retired. Carla Swearingen joined the business in 1993. Tom's expertise and primary roles are branding strategy, account management, copywriting, and creative direction. Carla applies her significant organizational, analytic, and administrative skills to account coordination and support, production management, and media planning and buying. Our clients benefit from the personal attention of Tom and Carla, and have the assurance of continuity in the account relationship.

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