Skills TEAM LEADERSHIP – Collaborative and Enthusiastic People Lead • Leading and developing high-performing, award-winning Creative teams for over 20 years • Embracing administrative duties to allow my teams to produce the best work with the fewest process obstructions • Setting the tone by encouraging everyone to bring their whole selves to work by being my authentic self • Supervising and project-managing remote teams across multiple cities, time zones and countries • Supervising and mentoring interns • Developing trust within teams to create confidence to work independently and not feel micro-managed • Collaborating across a variety of teams and functions in fast-paced, professional environments • Thriving in high-energy settings managing multiple work streams simultaneously • Presenting, communicating and thinking critically both internally and with clients • Directing agency partners / vendors / contractors through strong verbal and written communication • Jumping in at any level as needed to bring a project to completion CREATIVE – Detail-Oriented Art Director, Designer and Illustrator • Demonstrating strong creative and critical thinking by designing and building across a variety of touch points: point-of-purchase and retail; environmental / brick and mortar; experiential / trade shows; event activations; web/mobile UI and UX; infographics and data visualization; photography; packaging; identity and branding • Designing and building across a variety of media: digital, mobile, AR/VR, packaging, print, animation, paper craft, food • Utilizing compelling storytelling to create consistent, tailored Creative assets • Directing photo and video shoots with a singular artistic vision to meet the clients’ goals • Producing: estimating, designing for prepress / preparing final files, visiting sites, checking presses STRATEGY – Insights-Driven Trend Pusher • Turning research and intelligence into relevant, actionable insights for Creative and Marketing • Developing bespoke brand and market narratives based on data • Staying ahead of trends in technology through continuous research • Driving innovation and continuous improvement of process and desired business outcomes • Analyzing complex data sets and distilling findings into usable insights • Developing presentations and pitches to sell through big ideas • Watching trends and leading vision for content strategy, ideation, creation, photography and editing MARKETING – Adept Relationship Builder • Understanding of integrated marketing across the prospect life cycle and engagement funnel • Managing branded partnerships / cross-branded promotion marketing and licensing • Building relationships through client interaction, sales, negotiation and budget planning • Developing and launching products and solutions based on client and market needs • Meticulously planning, scheduling and executing both D2C and B2B campaigns for online and offline / out of home
Since I'm asking the question, I'm not afraid to admit to myself that I’m an unabashed nerd, first and foremost. It's not everyone who gets a tattoo written in Mandalorian years before most people knew what a Mandalorian even was. I actually have two tattoos; one written in Aurebesh that translates to “Red Leader” (a nickname our children gave me) and the one in Mandalorian that says “Resist.” I got both tattoos years before the opening of Galaxy's Edge made more people aware of Aurebesh and Disney+ made "Mandalorian" a household name. Yes, I'm that big of a nerd.
I’m an ever-curious, hands-on Creative Director, Art Director, Designer and Maker with over 20 years of professional experience, a track record for creating thumb-stopping social creative and developing high-performing teams. I’ve driven initiatives for scalable digital creative solutions in addition to leading custom social content and video productions that resulted in double-digit sales increases for the clients. My career began in print design and gave me a love for production specs and “doing work right the first time” to avoid costly reprints. As a leader, I empower and challenge my teams to think strategically—not just creatively—as we work to elevate the brands we touch and make visionary content that resonates with our audiences.
I'm a paper craft artist, sculptor, illustrator, LEGO fanatic, band nerd and genuine goofball. I'm father to three [diabolically] talented children and husband to “white lion” Brandon D Hunt (seriously—he is one in a bazillion). And yes, I said husband. I'm <super> gay. Because of that, I do a lot of volunteering for both LGBTQ+ nonprofits as well as being the best Ally I can to any community that has been "othered" by the mainstream. From "drag activism" for charity to bettering my own workplace, I work every day to make the world better for our kids.
I spent the first part of my career as an in-house Creative, often being a "Creative Team of One" on a larger Marketing team. This gave me opportunites to wear many hats and be part of 360 campaigns from concept to design to implementation to end-user brand experience. I often describe how I was a UX Designer before that was even a job title. I've been on the forefront of digital and social advertising and have helped launch several brands on new platforms by being a champion of social and new media.
(Are we keeping this going in third person, then? Gotcha.)
I've got crafting and performing in my blood. I have a carpenter dad who was constantly renovating our house when I was a kid. Every time I came home from college he was working on a different room... and it wouldn't surprise me if none of the "original" house I grew up in is left by now. My mom is a teacher who loves to sing and perform onstage. She made all of my Halloween costumes growing up and volunteered at the regional community theater in Erie. It should be no surprise that not only can I build stuff with power tools, but [at least] once a year I participate in a live-singing drag show fundraiser as Trudy Dolce with [at least] one new costume made by me.
I had my formal art training at The Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) in Columbus, OH, where I worked in the school's 3-Dimensional Illustration Lab making "miniatures and monsters" for four years (I had a double-major AND a minor, so the number of credits I had upon graduating was kind-of insane).
I sort Lucky Charms as I eat them... I eat the little oaty bits first (what I've heard referred to by one person as "the cat food"). Then I eat each of the marshmallows color-by-color in rainbow order starting with the red balloons and ending with the rainbow marshmallows.
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Oh, and I can spell and pronounce words backwards without writing them down. That's not too weird, right?
Lightsaber Color: Pantone 2925
Favorite Disney Ride: Peter Pan's Flight
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Biggest Pet Peeve: People who don't try
Creative Direction • Art Direction • Content Creation • Social Media • Content Creator Strategy & Collaboration • Digital & Social Media Marketing • Campaign Development • Creative & Brand Development • Creative Problem-Solving • Creative Strategy • Advertising Strategy • Cross-Functional Collaboration • Team Leadership • Team Management • Mentorship • ChatGPT / Open AI • Marketing Automation • Adobe Creative Suite • Graphic Design • Video Pre-Production, Production & Post-Production
Creative Direction – Over 20 Years Experience
Art Direction – Over 20 Years Experience
Brands I've worked with by Vertical
You'll get bored quickly... it's a lot of photos of my adorable husband, our kids and our rescue dog, Porter.