For starters, I was conceived on a lake dock in Canada. Ottawa, I'm told.
I grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago where, whenever possible, I would feign illness in order to stay home from school and watch a new thing called MTV.
I was first exposed to the world of advertising at my father's print production studio in Chicago's Loop where I thumbed through my first stacks of Communication Arts and where I eventually learned to “cut type” for some of Chicago’s most respected creatives.
Then came the Mac.
So I ran off to Atlanta to attend The Portfolio Center and subsequently become an inaugural graduate of The Creative Circus as an art director.
Since then I’ve full-timed or freelanced in Minneapolis, Denver, Virginia, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco and, of course, my beloved hometown of Chicago. I’ve been fortunate to produce work in Prague, Portland, New Zealand, New York, Australia, L.A., both ends of Canada, and even the middle of nowhere. Yes, it exists.
I've also been fortunate enough to win, as well as take part in judging, just about every award advertising has thrown up.
As tough as it can be, this industry has given me a lot, which is also what I aim to give back. As a creative and creative director I embrace the constant challenge of creating as well as helping teams evolve an idea until everyone is convinced it’s the best our industry will ever see. Whether an idea is executed traditionally or digitally I take great pride and care in helping it come to life through all areas of execution and post production. On occasion I even enjoy the agony of a new business pitch. Most of all I am honored to have made a countless number of friends at agencies, award shows, and productions throughout my career and I intend to make a lot more before they throw me out.
I am currently freelancing based out of Chicago but own several different size suitcase and a current passport, which makes traveling anywhere a snap. If you think I can be of help to your agency, project, pitch, or just want to know a little more about me, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go see what’s on MTV.