First, a quick anecdote. As a young man growing up in Wisconsin, I watched an episode of "Thirtysomething" where Michael, the sensitive copywriter protagonist, was being recruited by a Venice Beach ad agency that looked more playground than office. At that moment, I set my sights on a career in advertising. The scene was shot at Chiat/Day, and lo and behold, that's where I would ultimately begin my career.
While I've meandered plenty—from Northwestern to UVA to Portfolio Center, then following my career to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, LA again, then Chicago again—my professional life has gone eerily according to plan. About ten years ago I started mixing things up a bit, carving out not-so-traditional roles at such places as Cramer-Krasselt and DDB, then diving deep into digital at SapientNitro. I rose to Executive Creative Director, leading a department of 45 people, then decided to veer even more. I went freelance for the first time in my career, to stir my restless soul. For over three years I've enjoyed the variety of problems to solve, and the rapid succession of interesting people I've met. So far, I've managed to maintain my calm demeanor, dulcet voice and reassuring height, to keep the challenges of an ever-changing world from freaking out those around me.
I've won my fair share of awards, new business and polite applause. But I'm more interested in the future than the past—in creating new stories, experiences and outcomes. Know that I'm out there to help ease the pain, elevate the work and venture into exciting territories.