My wife Julie, our dog Molly and me.

My wife Julie, our dog Molly and me.

I love telling stories. I’ve worked at some of the largest (and smallest) agencies in the world. I’m very comfortable being the Grown Up in the room - I’ve presented to CEOs, CMOs, an Army General and the 13-year old nephew of a client’s vendor who had some pretty tough questions about a storyboard.

And I still think it’s one of the greatest gigs in the world.

EXPERIENCE

Executive Creative Director/Executive VP  Stern Advertising. 2003 - Present Responsible for creative output of agency, including hiring of all department members including production personnel. Responsible for mentoring all creatives and developing young talent to reach full potential. Primary copywriter on most accounts. Won multiple awards for McDonald’s creative.   

CLIENTS: Kay Jewelers, McDonald’s, Jared, Cleveland Museum of Art, Zales, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Cavaliers

Creative Director/VP. Leo Burnett Chicago. 1994 - 2003 Ran McDonald's kids and tweens accounts for three years.  Won multiple awards for multiple clients including Miller Lite, Hallmark, McDonald's and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Managed and mentored a team of 20 creatives.  Directed award-winning Olympics spot "Torch" for McDonald's.  Was deployed to Hong Kong to work on McDonald's and to Prague and Toronto for Hallmark.  

CLIENTS: McDonald’s, Nintendo, Hallmark, Kraft, Crayola, Disney, Philip Morris, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, U.S. Army

Creative Director/VP. J. Walter Thompson Chicago. 1990 - 1994 Creative Director on 7-Eleven. Wrote award-winning “Brainfreeze” Slurpee campaign, named “One of the Best Spots of the Decade” by Ad Age.

CLIENTS: 7-Eleven, Kraft, Oscar Mayer, Kellogg’s

Copywriter.  Lois USA Chicago. 1988 - 1990 WMAQ-TV, Husqvarna

Copywriter.  Saatchi & Saatchi, Torrance, California. 1988 - 1988 Toyota

Copywriter. Reiser Williams deYong, Irvine, California. 1986 –1988 Pizza Hut, Toshiba

EDUCATION B.A. Communications, California State University, Fullerton 

AWARDS One Show, Communication Arts, Art Directors Club, Effies, Addys, New York Festivals Best in Show, “Brainfreeze” chosen “One of Best Commercials of the Decade” by Adweek, United Nations Award for Excellence for “Freedom Center” campaign.

I have a word in the dictionary, “Brainfreeze,” which pretty much beats any award.  Though those are nice, too.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE I’ve done extended stints in Hong Kong, Prague and Toronto for Leo Burnett. I also have dual American/Italian citizenship and an E.U. passport.

Our client put this board up when my partner and I left JWT Chicago. Pretty cool.

Our client put this board up when my partner and I left JWT Chicago. Pretty cool.

Click on the picture for a non-advertising writing sample. It’s 3-minute read about my trip down to Texas to volunteer for the Beto O’Rourke campaign. It’s called The Gatekeeper. Every word is true.

Click on the picture for a non-advertising writing sample. It’s 3-minute read about my trip down to Texas to volunteer for the Beto O’Rourke campaign. It’s called The Gatekeeper. Every word is true.