I'm not that comfortable talking about myself

About me

Family, art & advertising, music and cars are the things I would consider getting out of bed for. Also food, definitely food.

Who am I?

Creative director, art director,
dad, husband, musician, writer, tinkerer, learner.

Eager to learn, driven to create and ready to get to work.
Want to know more?

The path to where I am now was anything but traditional, and that's a good thing.

I didn't graduate at the top of my class and I didn't win a bunch of awards in art school, in fact I didn't even do that well in art school. For me, that meant a lot of time spent working my way up.  
A lesson in humility

After I left school, the real world hit pretty hard. I got married while I was still in college, and when I graduated, I had a life to build, but none of the advantageous stepping stones that some other students had. I was lucky enough to get a job on the marketing team for a local solar company through a conversation with the marketing director over lunch. When they downsized a year and a half later, I was at a music store part time. I had a friend who owned a company that was in desperate need of some marketing help, and he agreed to bring me on as the marketing manager. When the slowing economy hit a couple of years later, it signaled the beginning of the end. 

After another stint at the music store, I was able to get my foot in the door at a local trade printer, where I would eventually take over as lead designer and also a pressman, installer and troubleshooter. After three years there, I was able to finally land a position at an advertising agency after creating a new logo and brand identity design for a local casino, earning a two million dollar piece of business for the agency. This path was more difficult, and took longer than I would have hoped, but it was all for the better. Through this route, I learned about business, about customers, about methods and processes, about time management and about what I really love about advertising. Most importantly, it sparked a love of knowledge and of learning, and a never-ending curiosity with how to improve upon everything I do. 

Anything to show for it?

My work has been recognized by: