My career started at Leo Burnett in Chicago. I worked for and along side some of the best creative minds in the agency world. For ten years, I was given great opportunities to create work for Dewar's Scotch and Black & Decker power tools, McDonald's and Coca-Cola. When a couple agency friends invited me to Leo Burnett, Japan, I jumped at the opportunity. For five years I worked inside a different way of communicating that was truly amazing. As Executive Creative Director of a multinational group, we were able to drive the creative department to new levels of creativity and the agencies' first ever Cannes Grand Prix.
My introduction to entertainment came with a phone call from my dear friend to be a Producer and Brand Consultant on a Warner Brothers television show in Los Angeles called "Trust Me." A show about a "fictional" Chicago Ad Agency, how could I pass on this? Developing this series opened my eyes to another level of production and a world of entertainment marketing and branded entertainment.
When the series ended, I decided to stay in LA and I spent the next four years with one of the signature entertainment agencies in Los Angeles, Troika Design Group. Working along side an amazing collection of artists, designers and producers, I was able to rebrand and launch a wide range of networks and shows from AMC to ESPN, Disney to A&E. And as much as I enjoyed working on multiple projects, when one of the greatest brands in the world called, I felt it was a great chance to focus on one brand and see what life was like on the client side.
I'm currently the Vice President & Group Creative Director for CNN Creative Marketing in Atlanta. Along with a very talented group of producers, designers, writers and directors, we've launched over 30 CNN Original Series, multiple films, and promoted a wide range of news shows, events and digital products across CNN, HLN, & CNNi. Our team has been honored with three News and Documentary Emmys for Outstanding Promotion and named Global Marketer of the year by Promax five years running.