I am an integrated thinker, social do-gooder, entrepreneur & DAD.
As a Creative Director/Art Director, I help brands achieve success by developing insightful stories, while delivering strategically sound, and compelling creative.
I am also the CEO & Founder of The Extra Mile, a non-profit organization I started just before losing my dad to pancreatic cancer in early 2012. Our mission is to connect people with loved ones who are terminally ill with cancer through donated funds and air miles.
And lastly, I’m the dad of two amazing 4 year old boys. Yep, twins.
my ideas have been featured on:
Mashable, Fast Company, PSFK, LinkedIn, Spingwise, Business Insider, and Branding Magazine.
awards & recognition
One Show, Communication Arts, Archive, Print Regional Design Annual, CREATIVITY: Pick of the day, The FWA, CREATIVITY: Interactive Site of the Day, Graphis 100 Best in Advertising, Tellys, The New York Society of Illustrators, AIGA, DENVER 50, Art Directors Club of Denver, Graphic Design USA, and the Atlanta Addys.
visiting lecturer/portfolio review/speaking engagements
Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI.
Provide creative and practical insight to final year students in the Visual Communication Program on occasion on site at Kendall.
award shows judged
Chicago Ad Club, West Michigan Ad Club
mcgarrybowen // Creative Director, Oct 2015 - present
Run the Olive Garden account. Other brands I’ve worked on here are Kool-Aid, Capri Sun, JCPenney, Velveeta Shells and Cheese, Planters, Oscar Mayer, Marriott, and Maven (GM).
Freelance Creative Director - Art Director // May 2015 - Oct 2015
Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners // Creative Director, July 2014 - May 2015
Dockers Khakis, Century 21, Peach Street Distillers, MorningStar Farms, Under Armour and Reyka Vodka.
Fear Not // Creative Director, Jan 2013 - July 2014
Otterbox, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Invesco PowerShares, Climate Reality Project, Puma, Bellco Credit Union, Dawn Foods, Cake Boss, Corvus Coffee Roasters, Cerebral Brewing and Lauren Harper.
High Wide & Handsome // ACD, Aug 2011 - Jan 2013
CCP Games (DUST514, EVE Online), Clos Du Bois, Rift, Estancia, End of Nations, Black Box Wine, Mark West, and Arbor Mist.
HAVAS | Euro RSCG // ACD, Dec 2010 - Aug 2011
Reynolds, Hefty, Cracker Barrel, Groupon, and Quill.
HAVAS | Euro RSCG // Senior Art Director, Nov 2007 - Dec 2010
Reynolds, Hefty, Cracker Barrel, Groupon, Quill, Michelob Ultra, Pucker Vodka, XS Energy Drink, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Newcity Magazine, Bud Light, Michelob Brewing Company, WASA, Barilla Pasta, Black Velvet Whisky, Cabot Stain, 1792 Bourbon, Valspar Paint, Hornitos Tequila, and Office Max.
vitro // Senior Art Director, Sept 2006 - Nov 2007
Cobra Golf, Kyocera Wireless, Asics, Serengeti Eyewear, and Newcastle Ale.
JWT Atlanta // Senior Art Director, May 2006 - Sept 2006
United States Marine Corps, Orkin, United States Virgin Islands.
JWT Detroit // Senior Art Director Aug 2001 - May 2006
Ford Motor Company, BOSCH, White Castle.
Here's a peek at my daily experiences through Instagram for which I've been called an 'over sharer.'
I strongly disagree.