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I won the creative lottery when I landed my first copywriting job in Boston on the Volkswagen account at Arnold Worldwide, where I got to make award-winning campaigns in print, television, radio and on the World Wide Web (as it was called back then). So. Much. Learning.
Four years later I received a call from the other side of the country asking if I'd be interested in working on the Apple business at TBWA/Chiat/Day. The answer was a no-brainer. Yes, I met Steve Jobs. Once. And, yes, it was terrifying.
The next stop was red-hot Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami. While there I produced campaigns for Burger King, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, Coke Zero and (again) Volkswagen.
After working for 500+ straight days at CP+B (that's barely an exaggeration) I jumped at the chance to join Goodby, Silverstein & Partners where I worked on Hyundai, GE, HP, Rolling Rock, Adobe, Nintendo and Netflix.
Then W+K made me the proverbial offer I couldn’t refuse. After begging my then-pregnant wife to move for the fourth time, we came to Portland where I was a Creative Director on Nike, Target and Powerade.
After 5 years at W+K I went freelance. There was much to like about being a "hired gun" but these years made me realize I'm happiest when I'm part of something bigger than myself.
But instead of taking another job at a big, high profile agency I decided the largest, scariest challenge (with the most opportunity to learn) would be trying to help rebuild a once-heralded small shop in Portland - BPN.
Well, mission accomplished. Every week at BPN has taught me more about agency operations, finances, culture and plain old survival than I ever could've imagined. We won business, we grew, we got press and, in 2019, we were named AdWeek's Best Small Agency Northwest.
What else? When I'm not parenting, working, writing, eBay-ing or playing guitar I'm probably on my bike, occasionally with my dog on my back. No, seriously.
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