A career working with wonderfully talented and creative colleagues, which created great friendships, and allowed for visiting many parts of the world. Wonderful marriage of 20 plus years, lovely wife and three children. A Love for accomplishment, mentoring, laughter, pets & cabin.
Payless ShoeSource (Dec. 2011 to date)
Another reinvention, jumped to client side to lead brand-repositioning efforts, agency review/selection and launch new global campaign. Inherited a quagmire of a creative marketing organization with years of unfocused structure, budget mismanagement, lack of process etc. Also challenged to help get Payless out of the dark ages of digital and social space. What a great experience to see it from the client side.
Draftfcb (3 years)
Huge job, 200 plus people, politics out the wazoo that I had to learn to navigate fast, unbelievable organizational learning experience, plus we made a healthy profit.
Z group films ltd, El grupo Zeta, Generator Inc. (10 years)
Jumped into entrepreneurialism with both feet and over my head. Very successful 10 year run. Had to learn how to sink or swim fiscally. Fortunately, I learned how to swim fast☺
Foote, Cone & Belding (16 years)
This is where I grew up. I learned there was a whole world outside my lower middle class blue-collar neighborhood. Thank you to everyone that helped me along the way, and to those who told me I couldn’t… thank you too!
Awards and Recognition
Webby (awesome), CANNES Short List (high brow), AICP (really happy), Sundance Film Festival (high brow II), ADDY’s (really nice), Mobious (what’s a Mobious?) etc. Z group films ltd… Shoot Magazine’s, company to watch. (great, but who reads?)
Speaking Engagements: American Independent Commercial Productions Companies, Boards Summit, Midwest International Film Festival, Women in Film. Illinois Production Alliance etc. (I really enjoy speaking to groups. Anytime I can give back is a good thing).