We're excited to have a talented, passionate group of people who have chosen to volunteer their time and smarts to contribute to our blog.
Here are the bios of the bloggers we have so far. As more come in, we will add them to this ever-growing list.
Anthony Di Biase | ECD | Wunderman West Coast | Irvine, CA
As the Executive Creative Director of Wunderman’s West Coast office, Anthony Di Biase heads up our work for Disney Stores, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, Invisalign, Southern California Edison and more.
The ability to build brands in all channels has been the driving force throughout his career. Today, technology makes it even easier to prove the value of great ideas. His past experience includes award-winning work in a variety of disciplines for a wide range of brands. From global general advertising campaigns for Land Rover, Mattel and Sony to one-to-one and digital driven launches for Xbox, Jaguar and Callaway.
The more comfortable you are with mixed media, the easier it is to focus on what really matters – creating a story consumers want to follow. The goal is to get people to say, “Tell me more.”
Tamika Cosen | Aspiring Copywriter | Team One | El Segundo, CA
Tamika Cosen knew she wanted to be in advertising the minute she saw how commercials affected her mom and her grandmother. Whatever it was that made her mom and Nana Boo Boo laugh and jump up every time their favorite commercials came on TV, Tamika wanted to be a part of it. That curiosity evolved into a Bachelor's degree in Advertising from CSU Fullerton and spending the last couple of years working in advertising, an industry that can gut check her and inspire her all at the same time.
Tamika is currently working at an ad agency and taking portfolio development classes in the South Bay. She's also documenting her adventures as an aspiring copywriter in her first blog, The ADucated Observer. Tamika is also nurturing her second love of music by helping run AG One Entertainment, an OC based music company, with her talented and hilarious friends. In Tamika's downtime (whenever that is), you can find her hanging with friends, perfecting her buttermilk waffles and catching old episodes of "Cheers."
Follow Tamika on Twitter @AducatedObservr or visit TheADucatedObserver.com
Liz Bigham | SVP of Marketing | Jack Morton Worldwide | New York, NY
Under her leadership, Jack Morton has developed the experience industry’s premier agency brand, supported by a spectrum of thought leadership and research, brand and marketing tools, PR and online engagement. Liz is a frequent blogger and speaker at industry events from Event Marketer’s Experiential Marketing Summit in Chicago to the first African Experiential Marketing Conference in Johannesburg.
A magna cum laude graduate of Barnard College, Liz received an MPhil in Art History from Columbia University and worked in curatorial positions at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum for African Art prior to joining Jack Morton.
Ricardo de la Blanca | CEO | DLB Group | New York, NY
Ricardo de la Blanca Brigati is a global entrepreneurial business leader with over 20 years of developmental and strategic client management experience, which spans across 15 countries in Europe and the Americas. In addition, Ricardo has an extensive track record in incorporating new business models, leading teams, supporting clients and developing integrated marketing campaigns for global and regional brands resulting in significant increases in not only revenue, but consumer traffic, and brand loyalty and recognition.
Cathriona Smith | Student | University of Oregon | Eugene, OR
My name is Cathriona and I am a junior at University of Oregon, majoring in advertising. I was born and raised in Ireland and attended National College of Ireland where I received a certificate in business law.
I am married to Mathew who is also a full-time student at University of Oregon, in the Lundquist College of Business Honors program. I have a beautiful four-year-old daughter named Kaelyn who attends preschool while I attend classes and will begin kindergarten this coming autumn. I am learning American Sign Language and am a photographer for UO’s Ethos magazine.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, dancing, crafting, traveling, reading, walking, bike riding, attending Ducks events and doing just about anything else with my wonderful family.
Stephanie Grayson | CorpComm Pro and Social Media Enthusiast | New York, NY
Stephanie Grayson is a Corporate Communications Professional and Social Media Enthusiast in New York with over a decade of Communications experience. She holds a B.A. in English Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Communication Sciences from Montclair State University.
Stephanie began her Corporate Communications career in 1998, primarily as a Corporate Speech Trainer with a special interest in media training, providing speech and media training services for both individuals and groups, not only for business leaders and managers but also nonprofit decision-makers and creative thought-leaders. She became particularly interested in Social Media after attending the inaugural #140conf in New York and has since become an active presence in the New York social media community and beyond.
Stephanie is on Twitter (@Critiques4Geeks) and on LinkedIn.
Jen Stack | Director of Corporate Communications | Colle+McVoy | Minneapolis, MN
Jen Stack oversees external and internal communications for Colle+McVoy, a digitally driven, fully integrated ad agency in Minneapolis. She works with every discipline at the agency to make sure clients and agency work stand out.
Robert Peterson | Research Analyst | Citadel Media | New York, NY
Robert enjoys all aspects of advertising and marketing and tries to study and learn about the industry as much as possible. He is also an aspiring copywriter and works to build his portfolio and blog whenever possible
In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, watching cooking shows, listening to music, playing Angry Birds, reading guitar magazines, bowling, watching movies, cheering for the Yankees/Patriots/Bruins/Ohio State Buckeyes and trying to figure out ways to rule the world.
Robert is also an armchair entrepreneur and a Type 1 diabetic who wants to help people cope with this disease and spread awareness.
Follow him on twitter @robertfpeterson.
Sarah Carolan | Artist/Graphic Designer | Chicago, IL
Sarah is a 23-year-old artist, graphic designer, and social media enthusiast. She calls New Jersey home, disregarding the flak that generally follows suit, though she and Doug Zanger (the @advertisingweek guy) both graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School -- albeit 18 years apart.
After high school, Sarah decided to gratify her love of Chicago by returning to her midwestern roots, graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010.
Believing she was doomed to a life of ramen dinners, Sarah was thrilled when she landed her first job as a graphic designer for an up-and-coming technology company. Her mind was further blown when she was asked to be a part of the Advertising Week BlogSquad.
When not scouring design and advertising blogs, Sarah enjoys drawing, traveling, and worshiping Carl Kasell.
Follow her on Twitter: @SarahAshleen.
Mike Caguin | ECD | Colle+McVoy | Minneapolis, MN
Mike Caguin has helped transform Colle+McVoy from a quiet, conservative ad shop in the burbs, into a vibrant, creatively driven and nationally recognized agency in downtown Minneapolis. His creative vision, unique leadership style and keen business sense have helped the agency experience remarkable year-over-year growth for five consecutive years (during an unprecedented economic downtown), receive prestigious awards and industry recognition, and win more nationally recognized new business. This new business growth and recognition is expected to expand in 2011, projecting record revenue for Colle+McVoy.
As executive creative director of Colle+McVoy, Caguin is responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative output, as well as for attracting and retaining the best, most passionate people in the industry, fostering a culture of creativity, creating a supportive environment where even young staffers feel they can create their best work, building upon the agency’s digital expertise and creating game-changing work that makes a difference for clients.
Besides advertising, running is another one of Caguin’s passions. He’s completed six marathons and six triathlons, as well as led the Colle+McVoy running team in local events.
Caguin graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in visual communications. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.
Michael White | PR Consultant | Microsoft | London, UK
Michael White works for Microsoft in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Multinational Sales Department as a Multinational Account Manager for Digital Advertising. He acts as part of a team for the Microsoft Media Network, Microsoft’s premium display advertising network, a collection of owned and operated sites joined with up to 300 quality partner sites. He has worked with services such as MSN, Windows Live, Hotmail, Bing, Xbox and Windows Phone.
Beyond Digital Advertising Michael has been involved with numerous social media projects and is due to complete his study in Public Relations the summer of 2011 at the University of Gloucestershire. Over the last few years he has written articles for newspapers in the UK, taken part in radio programmes and regularly updates his own personal blog.
None of the material produced by him represents Microsoft or any other involvements he has found himself attached to."
Cass Zawadowski | Socialista | The Kaplan Thaler Group | New York, NY
I’m a Copywriter originally from Toronto, Canada, now living, working and following my dreams in NYC. I have true passion for the marketing, branding and advertising disciplines. As well as: good books, good movies, walks through Central Park, comedy/improv, traveling, animals, Seth Godin's blog, Fall weather and sports. My full name is Cassandra Elizabeth Zawadowski which has 28 letters, but I mostly just go by Cass.
Arie Rich | Blogger + Our NYC Foursquare Tip-Creator | New York, NY
Born of Dominican descent, Arie Rich is a New York City resident for over 20 years. As means to keep up with the pulse of New York City, Arie Rich coined the phrase “Keep Me Posted.” Shortly after, the phrase developed into KMPBlog.com. Her creativity and interest in paying it forward lead her to planning and attending myriad events which promote and encourage unity across the blogosphere.
Wally Sabria | Senior VP/Creative Director | The Axis Agency | Los Angeles, CA
Recently named “Top Digital Media Professional of the Year” by Portada – the leading source of Latin marketing and media intelligence – Wally Sabria serves as Senior Vice President and Creative Director for The Axis Agency, (www.theaxisagency.com), a leading multicultural marketing firm focused on the U.S. Hispanic and African American markets.
With over 12 years experience in visual communications and digital design, Wally leads the creative strategy, design concept and development of digital and social media campaigns for Fortune 500 clients across numerous industries.
Since joining the agency, Wally has developed highly successful and award-winning digital campaigns for major client brands, including Unilever, HP, MTV Tr3s and Absolut Vodka.
Before joining The Axis Agency, Wally Sabria founded Raw Media, a boutique creative consultancy assisting communications firms across the country with digital solutions for their client campaigns. He began his career in Miami, at the dawn of the Internet era, developing ground-breaking web destinations for music and media brands, including MTV Latin America.
Through his blog, ID8 (www.viscomla.com/blog), Wally provides creative commentary on the ever-evolving advertising and new media space. Wally is fully bilingual in Spanish. He speaks regularly in conferences across the U.S. and Latin America and frequently lectures at UCLA and Cal State University on creative communications and social media topics.
Wally Sabria is a graduate of Florida International University with a degree in Mass Communications.
Christopher A. Jones | Student, DJ, Bon Vivant | Chicago, IL
Christopher A. Jones moved from a small farming community in rural Indiana to the heart of Printers Row in Chicago after graduating high school in 2009.
Now a Sophomore Advertising major at Columbia College Chicago. Chris has had the privilege to already work with great groups such as The One Show and the American Advertising Federation. On the weekends Chris works as a professional DJ in the City of Chicago as well as an event planner for local parties and school events.
His hobbies include Cooking, Music, Skiing, DJing, and finding new restaurants.
Alex Gavin | Gregarious Accomplice | Sweet Tooth Digital | Chicago, IL
University of Kansas. Following a lifelong dream of landing a job in advertising, the Alex Gavin is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the Texas native continued his northbound expansion to the bright city lights of Chicago, Illinois.
Upon arrival, Alex founded Sweet Tooth Digital, a creative co-op that links designers from across the country to craft creative campaigns for Chicago’s small-business community.
When he isn’t busy building the Sweet Tooth brand, Alex can be found scouring the Interwebs for meme goldmines, impossibly useless information and musical masterpieces.
Let’s collaborate, drop a line.
@alextgavin ::: firstname.lastname@example.org
Noelle Weaver | Biz Dev Superstar | Contagious Magazine | New York, NY
Noelle is currently helping to steer the Contagious mother ship in North America after a 15 year career in business development helping agencies and start-ups brand, market, and strategically grow their business and corporate reputations.
Having always had a passion for all things new business, Noelle has pitched everything from Beer to Beano at shops large (JWT, Publicis, Euro RSCG) and small (SS+K). Most recently Noelle filled in for the Director of Sales and Marketing at CAA’s youth research and trends analysis firm, The Intelligence Group. Prior to IG, she was at the start-up Indaba Music, a global community for semi- and professional musicians as SVP of Business Development and Sales.
In her spare time she can be found writing about things like basil and bread via @FoodieLore, searching for great food experiences, the path less traveled and the perfect glass of bourbon.
Christopher Renz | Agency Director | brpr Group | Miami, FL
Christopher Renz was born and raised in Danbury, CT. After majoring in Advertising at Barry University in Miami and spending a year abroad at the American University of Rome, Renz began work at the #1 ad shop in the country, Crispin Porter + Bogusky working on the Virgin Atlantic & Burger King accounts.
After CP+B, Renz was called to Omnicom where he spent 3 years working on the national McDonald’s media business as well as Absolut Vodka before returning once again to CP+B. In 2009, Renz began the social media agency, The brpr Group with partner Gerard Bush.
Adam Rotmil | Brand Strategy & Design | Tokyo
Adam Rotmil is principal of Adam Rotmil Partners, Brand Strategy and Design. He has 15 years of brand and design experience with companies of all sizes. He held a senior creative position at Marsh and McClennan Companies, the premier global services firm. Adam later designed at Brown Brothers Harriman, the largest private bank in the United States.
He began by designing for smaller studios, and started setting type for newspapers as a teen. He used his first IBM in 1985, programming in BASIC, using a pre-web form of the internet. Adam studied design at The Art Institute of Boston, Typography with Wolfgang Weingart at HGK Basel, and Japanese language at Harvard University. He has spoken on design for The American Institute of Graphic Arts, and has given workshops at design schools in Boston. Adam regularly writes, solo or in collaboration, on brand and design issues.
Adam lives in Japan and partners with niche experts worldwide, sharing projects and talent. His singular vision is to improve brand value through strategy, exploration, and discovery.
Kateryna Topol | Aspiring Art Director | Toronto, ON
Having spent four years studying communication theory and practicing ethnographic fieldwork at York University Kateryna chose to go into advertising because it is the only industry where most books have pictures in them. Now in her last year at Seneca College she also enjoys playing with sharpies, talking about movies while listening to loud music and generally not having to become a fully mature person as to not damage the delicate flow of creativity.
As an aspiring art director Kateryna fights the system by wearing colours and judging people by their shoes. She also religiously collects annuals, social media memberships, likes to take pictures with plastic cameras and not sharing them with the world. Not yet anyway. Inspired by music, culture and everything else that moves (even if just in the wind) Kateryna strives to bring big ideas to life.
Zarya Alexandra Rubin, MD is...
A recovering neurologist and native Montrealer who fled the harsh Canadian winters for the tropical climes of Upper Manhattan.
Preternaturally drawn to maple syrup, oysters, those complex trendy cocktails, Spanish cinema, and all things social media, she enjoys the examined life.
During a recent momentary lapse of reason, Zarya threw herself into the deep end of the advertising pool (thankfully, it had water), and learned that advertising is not brain surgery.
It's much harder.
Anne Cayer | Trancend Publicité | Toronto, ON
Some notions about suits couldn't be further from reality. Stuffy offices, equally-stuffed personalities, and too many pant suits; if there's a mold to be shattered in the world of advertising, Anne Cayer is holding one of the hammers.
A product of York University’s theatre program and a creative advertising graduate from Seneca College, Anne brings her stage-refined sensibilities to a rapidly evolving industry. Unleashed straight out of Seneca, Anne started with ACLC Inc., managing top brands like Hershey, and Toshiba. At zig, she continued with heavyweights like Burt's Bees, The Canadian Real Estate Association, and Rexall. And with Transcend Publicité, she balances a full spectrum of original French work, planning each blitz from the pitch on up.
Anne's energy is fuelled from many sources, whether it's her admittedly shameless love of pop culture or an obsession with all things music. Even her love of baking speaks volumes about how she brings ideas to life: gracefully, skillfully, and with an irresistible, open-souled joie de vivre.
Allison Walton | Associate Strategist | Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners | New York, NY
Replacing southern charm with the hustle and bustle in the city that never sleeps, Allison serves as an Associate Strategist at The Media Kitchen, a division of Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners. Richmond, Virginia born and bred and a true Hokie at heart, Allison has always sought spontaneity, new challenges, and feeding her curious mind. What better way than to take a leap of faith in the Big Apple?
Recognizing her creative spark at a young age, she fulfilled her passion for breaking in to the ad world after earning her degree from Virginia Tech. Aside from devoting her energy to doing things that matter with an amazing team of colleagues, Allison has become accustomed to never settling and enjoys continuing to challenge herself while hoping to help change the world for the better along the way.
Ryan Thomas | Chief Hell-Raiser | Playground Digital | Toronto, ON
Sasha Flynn | Free Agent | Savannah, GA
Sasha Flynn has five years of educational experience as a Design Manager. She strives to deliver innovation to businesses through design thinking and brand identity. She seeks ways to define value in today’s competitive market through advertising, branding, and marketing. Sasha possesses a great interest in finding opportunities that go beyond traditional advertising. In the past, she has interned and freelanced for major brands such as Adidas, Shaw Industries and Hachette Filipacchi. She is experienced in guerilla marketing tactics, social media marketing and experiential marketing.
Sasha Flynn enjoys “cool-hunting” for up and coming trends in design, fashion and technology. She offers a diverse outlook for the advertising world with degrees in business and fine arts. Sasha received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Parsons School of Design where she majored in Design + Management. She recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Arts degree in Design Management. Sasha Flynn is an active, hard-working individual with a promising future.
She can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Susan Hua | Soon-to-be-an-awesome-addition-to-your-agency | Toronto, ON
Susan is a Millennial from Toronto, Canada and is a fan of the “Your place to discover” Ontario ads. She recently graduated from York University with a B.A. in Sociology and is currently in her final year at Seneca College for Creative Advertising. She enjoys blogging about ads and people who inspire her. Susan is also a blogger for The Next Great Generation, a cool place about the awesomeness that is Generation Y. Susan aspires to be as flexible as bamboo because, “bamboo bends in the wind.”
Anthony Kalamut | Senior Professor | Seneca College | Toronto, ON
During the day Anthony is a Senior Professor and the Program Chair of Creative Advertising at Seneca College in Toronto, The Creative Advertising program focuses on the strategic planning and creative concept development of advertising. The rest of the time he loves being a dad, husband, lover of “cool hunting” and being an “insurgent” in the war against bad creative and creative apathy.
I am a former award winning Creative Director and have worked on national brands in both Canada and the United States which all lead to me helping develop my personal passion for nurturing and motivating new young talent. My whole being and idea for all this comes from “Karma” and the following quote from Jackie Robinson: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”
Look forward to meeting you all in NYC and contributing all that I can.
You an follow my thoughts and ramblings on Twitter @SouthsideAdguy
Doug Zanger | Creative Bohemian | Portland, OR
Doug Zanger is the guy behind the Advertising Week Social Club. He started working with Advertising Week in 2007 as the main host for WADV, The Voice of Advertising Week, broadcasting live from 7am to 7pm each day from The Paley Center. It was exhausting yet incredibly fun.
A 15-year veteran of creativity and media, Doug is constantly seeking unique ways to tell stories using audio and the written word with and for clients.
Doug is a Radio Mercury Award winner and has been recognized for his work by the London International Awards, Portland Advertising Federation, Summit Creative Awards, Oregon Association of Broadcasters and more. He also served as the first-ever radio jury president for the London International Awards in 2008 and 2009. Doug also won a 2010 Gold Magellan Award for a social media project he worked on with a travel client in Oregon.
Fiercely loyal to Portland and the Pacific Northwest, Doug will happily help you plan your next Oregon travel adventure. He is also a proud husband and father to a 2-year old boy who seems to have a real interest in running. He also tried out for the Portland Timbers, a professional soccer team, in 2010 -- and scored a goal -- the legend of which continues to grow, in one of the training games.
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