HelloPosted: January 2, 2013
I am an author and creative director living in New York City. I am working on several projects with publishers and with clients while speaking at conferences and organizations here and in Europe. I am also the cofounder of Sketchbookskool.com which has so far helped 15,000 people reignite their creativity.
I was Managing Director and Executive Creative Director of mcgarrybowen in New York. I helped build the agency, from its humble origins as a couple of dozen people sitting in a room looking at the phone and waiting for it to ring — to the global behemoth (1,000+ people, offices on three continents) it is today. We were named Ad Agency of the Year (twice by Ad Age and once by Ad Week which is apparently more picky) and I am proud to share in the credit for that. In our first ten years, we won a crazy number of accounts including Chase, Verizon, Chevron, Reebok, United, Kraft, Sears and Disney. If you keep scrolling down, you’ll see some of the work I did with my guys, work which got us those laurels and a ridiculous amount of new business.
Before that, I was Chief Creative Officer of Doremus, which I helped to turn from a 100-year-old tombstone shop into the B-to-B and Corporate Agency of the Year serving clients from Corning to Goldman Sachs. I rebuilt the creative and production departments and, in my first year on the job, we won eleven new accounts. Phew.
I built my skills as a marketer and a writer at some of the best agencies in the industry including Ogilvy, Young & Rubicam, and Hal Riney. You’ll see some of the work I did for them down below too.
I am also an author and have written and illustrated seven best-selling books on art and creativity. If that piques your curiosity, let me know and I’ll send you copies of them.
I am also an entrepreneur and the funder of Sketchbook Skool. Since 2014, over 12,000 students from around the world have joined me to explore and develop their creativity.
After nine years of helping to build mcgarrybowen, I am curious to learn about new industries and new challenges. I would love to help you and your company with my skills and experience as a manager of creative people, a skilled strategist and problem solver, an award-winning writer and a proven executive.
The world of marketing communications is changing radically. The old models of traditional agencies are no longer working — but what will replace them is still being explored. I am excited to be a part of this exploration. I recently spoke at VCU’s Brand Center on my views of this changing landscape: