30 years is a long time in this crazy business.
Or is it?
I feel like I’m a kid, although my hairline would disagree. So much still to learn, to do, to explore, to fail at and try again.
I am a copywriter by trade. That's what I did when I started in Minneapolis in the late 80s. I moved to Chiat/Day for a couple years and then the late Mike Hughes rescued me. I was at The Martin Agency for 26 years.
In 2012, Mike asked me to become CCO. Since then, the agency went through a creative renaissance, attracting world-class creative talent and winning many awards, especially for "weird shaped objects" like moon landings, green paint and hungry dogs.
What people would say I’m good at: writing, finding a voice, working with teams, getting the most out of a brief, instilling clients with confidence, mentoring young and old, juggling multiple projects at once, having a keen eye for craft.
What they would say I suck at: being cynical, keynote, time sheets.
Finally, my family. I was raised by a schoolteacher and homemaker in St. Paul, right in the middle of 3 sisters and 6 brothers. It has left an indelible mark on me in many ways, giving me a deep reservoir of perseverance, hard work, patience and good old Catholic guilt.
My greatest accomplishment? Easy. Raising three smart, confident and compassionate daughters.