This is all my grandfather's fault.
“I bet you'd be good at advertising,” he said. Granted, I was just 11, but I was weirdly ambitious and already desperate to find my life's work. So I headed to the library, checked out every book on ad careers, and chose my path: I would be an account executive.
As a creative director and writer, I've been full-time and freelance for shops in NYC, LA, Paris, Minneapolis and of course, my hometown Chicago, where I'm currently at FCB with my longtime art director Marisa Groenweghe.
I live in Irving Park with my fella, a pug named Lemon and a cat named Boo. Let's talk documentaries.
D&AD, Cannes Lions, London International Awards, Communication Arts, Lürzer's Archive, Addys, Effies, Jay Chiat Awards, The Gunn Report, Adweek, AdAge, Creativity, Best Ads on TV, Buzzfeed, Reddit front page.
American Cancer Society, Skittles, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Starburst, FIAT, Juicy Fruit, Milk-Bone, Temptations Cat Treats, State Farm, The Field Museum, McDonald's, Kohler, La Quinta, AT&T, Sierra Mist, Budweiser, Bud Light, Quaker, Gatorade, Coors Light, Glade, Ziploc, Windex, Pledge, Fantastik, Raid, BlueCross BlueShield, Shedd Aquarium, Schwinn Bicycles, Harris Bank, Bang & Olufsen.
FCB Chicago / VP, Creative Director / Nov 15 – Present
DDB Chicago/ Creative Director / Feb 07 – Nov 15
Freelance / Jul 02 – Feb 07
FCB Chicago / Sr. Copywriter/ Jul 97 – Jul 02
Chicago Creative Partnership / Copywriter / Apr 94 – Jul 97
Indiana University, B.A. in Journalism, Minor in Sociology