To become a writer whose work could be mentioned in the same breath as Sir Winston Churchill, David Ogilvy or at very least Pamela Anderson.
|AT&T||Highmark Health Insurance||Detroit Diesel|
|Xerox||Regence Health Insurace||Getty Images|
|Carnival Cruise Lines||Hyatt Vacation Club||New York Life|
|Freightliner Trucks||Oregon State Lottery||AdCouncil|
Creative Director; Summit Learning, Redwood City, CA; September 2018 – Current
Summit Learning is a nation-wide education non-profit that is dedicated to bringing their self-directed learning program, for free, to schools across the country. Working with partners including the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, nearly 400 schools are currently part of this four-year-old program. As CD, my team is tasked with branding, creative strategy and creating all outfacing marketing campaigns and collateral. This includes blog posts, podcasts, extensive video assets, white papers, experiential pieces, and more.
Head of Copy (Creative Director); Feed Communications, San Francisco, CA; March 2017 – March 2018
Feed is a global multi-media advertising agency. Based out of London, but with offices in Berlin, Manchester, Madrid and San Francisco, we handle (mostly) digital campaigns for some of the biggest players in the tech space. Personally, I oversee all copy for then entirety of the Americas, working with my team to constantly push, improve and expand their work.
Creative Director; tiltshift
tiltshift is a Branding and Advertising agency dedicated to helping our clients build their brand in an actionable and accountable way. By combining years of proven planning and creative with cutting-edge analytics, we are able to create, test and refine the campaigns necessary to help your company grow.
Senior Marketing Copywriter; Getty Images, Seattle, WA; May 2015 – August 2016
After several months of helping launch Getty’s internal marketing team, I was asked to join full-time. In addition to creative duties, my responsibilities include finding and training new team members, establishing brand standards and creating best practices documentation and training.
Associate Creative Director; Hacker Agency (FCB/IPG), Seattle, WA; March 2011 – February 2015
Hacker Agency (FCB/IPG) is a multi-media direct advertising agency of about 200 people based in Seattle with offices in Munich, Prague and Shanghai. I began working there as a Copywriter and quickly rose to the post of Associate Creative Director. In that time, I built a client roster that included AT&T, Carnival Cruise Lines, Highmark Insurance Agency, AAA, New York Life and Hyatt Vacation Club, among many others. I also contributed to and lead several RFPs, successfully resulting in new agency billings totaling over $19M.
Copywriter; GSM Mercury, Seattle, WA; May 2010 – January 2011
GSM Mercury is a small initiatives and political advertising firm. The shop covers all media and has a truly global reach. While here I worked on a variety of projects in roles ranging from ideation and content creation for social, print and interactive projects to simple web development and account management. In the words of the CEO, I was a “Swiss-army knife.”
Copywriter; Pop Art Inc, Portland, OR; July 2008 – April 2010
Pop Art is a digital shop in Portland that serves a variety of local and national clients, including some Fortune 500 companies. In my time there, I touched most of the projects that came through the agency, and was the lead writer on many of them. In addition to writing, I planned, wrote and managed all of the social media projects for both internal and external clients.
AM – Marketing & Ops Typhoon! Inc, Portland, OR; August 2006-July 2008
While working at Typhoon, a mid-sized restaurant company in Portland, I helped launch, promote and manage their first tapas bar concept. Making everything from marketing plans to mojitos, I was on the management team that nurtured the new concept to the point of adding an additional location within a year of launch. By managing a variety of media and event-centric marketing endeavors the location soon became one of the company’s premiere locations.
• Rosey Award: 2010 Portland Advertising Federation Rosey Awards
• Award of Excellence: 2010 Portland Advertising Federation Rosey Awards
• Four Awards of Merit: 2010 Portland Advertising Federation Rosey Awards
• Award of Merit: 2009 Portland Advertising Federation Rosey Awards
• People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Webvisionary Awards for the Holidizer
Holiday Card campaign
• 2006 One Show Student Gallery presenter (Lone Star Beer Ads)
• Photo, “Light Trails,” exhibited in the Menil Collection Student Gallery 2002
BA in Journalism with a specialization in Advertising and a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Oregon.
When I was five, I wanted to be:
• An astronaut – I grew up in Houston, the home of NASA, and I was a slightly bigger nerd then.
• A paleontologist – My mom said I couldn’t be one unless I knew how to spell it.
• An alligator – I was five.