Co-Founder & Owner / Producer - Narwhal Stories
May 2018 - Present
Write and produce video content for social media, TV commercials, long-form web series and documentary-style storytelling. Current clients include: Leica, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Isagenix, SimonMed, Phoenix Film Festival, Wood Properties, and Western School of Science and Technology.
Creative Director - Riester
May 2014 – April 2018 (4 years)
Oversee all creative for the Riester Phoenix and Los Angeles offices. Clients: Truly Nolen, Rocky Mountain Power, Black Oak Casino Resort (CA), Choctaw Casinos (OK), Chi-Chi's, Herdez, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Arizona Department of Health Services.
Group Creative Director - Riester
October 2008 – May 2014 (5 years 8 months)
Lead creative efforts within the Riester Hospitality Group. Clients: Casino Arizona & Talking Stick Resort (AZ), Enchantment Resort & Mii amo Spa (AZ), Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Aramark, Spotlight 29 Casino (CA) and Monte Carlo Resort & Casino (NV).
Senior Copywriter - Riester
March 2004 – October 2008 (4 years 8 months)
Concepted, wrote and executed TV, radio, print, outdoor and rogue advertising. Clients: Voskos Greek Yogurt, Midfirst Bank, Gold's Gym, Arizona Department of Health Services, Gilead, Hormel Foods, Arizona Lottery, Veterinary Pet Insurance, Big Brothers Big Sisters and CA Dept. of Conservation. Named "Copywriter of the Year" at Phoenix Addys in my first year.
Senior Copywriter - Bulldog Drummond
October 2002 – March 2004 (1 year 6 months)
Wrote advertising, developed strategies and authored market research reports for national clients, including: Virgin Megastore, Easton, Follett Bookstores and Lee Jeans.
Copywriter - Siltanen/Keehn
May 2002 – October 2002 (6 months)
Wrote and executed advertising campaigns for Gateway Computers and Round Table Pizza.
Copywriter - Crispin Porter + Bogusky
January 2002 – April 2002 (4 months)
Wrote and executed advertising for such clients as: Fine Living TV, PETA and Bacardi.
Jr. Copywriter - KesselsKramer
June 2001 – September 2001 (4 months)
As an intern, developed and executed ideas for such clients as DIESEL, OXFAM, Ben and a radio station whose name I still can't pronounce. Learned the intracacies of making the perfect seafood stew. Received a lovely cheese knife that I still cherish to this day.
Jr. Copywriter - Leo Burnett
March 2001 – June 2001 (4 months)
As an intern, developed and executed ad concepts for such clients as: Morgan Stanley, Handspring Visor and the U.S. Army.
Project Manager, Consultant, Business Analyst - Various
August 1993 – June 2000 (6 years 11 months)
Performed systems consulting, technical writing and software training for the Miami Herald, the City of Chicago, RR Donnelley & Sons and American Management Systems.
Valley Leadership Institute (Class 39, 2017-18)
A leadership laboratory where theory meets reality, VL curates and develops the expertise of Arizona’s most respected and influential business, civic and community leaders to provide real-time solutions for the most important issues shaping our community today and tomorrow.
Arizona State University (Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy, 2013)
Selected for and successfully completed this highly-competitive graduate certificate program through ASU's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation.
Miami Ad School (Copywriting, 2001)
Interned at KesselsKramer in Amsterdam and Leo Burnett in Chicago.
Activities and Societies: NY Art Director's Club, Miami Addys.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS, Business Administration. 1993)
Activities and Societies: Interfraternity Council President, Mortar Board, Senior 100 Honorary, Dean's List, Lambda Chi Alpha, Volunteer Illini, Big Brothers/Big Sisters.