The Midas Awards®
Grand Jury

The Midas Grand Jury includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received. Gold and Silver Midas ingots are presented to the highest-scoring entries, and a Grand Midas winner is selected as the competition's "Best of Show."

2015 Grand Jury

John Barker

President / Chief Idea Officer, BARKER, USA

André Bell

Senior Copywriter, Blue Hive, Canada

Dino Ceccato

CEO, webguerillas AG, Switzerland

Nandita Chalam

Vice President & Executive Creative Director, J Walter Thompson, India

Dana Cohen Cullinan

Creative Director, The Jupiter Drawing Room, South Africa

Augusto Correia

Senior Integrated Art Director, NBS / Dentsu Aegis Network, BRAZIL

Cheryl Daly

Associate Broker, Halstead Property, LLCx, USA

Gary Dawson

Creative Director, M&C Saatchi, Australia

Jordan DeWitt

Head of Brand Marketing and Advertising, Capital One Canada, Canada

David Diamond

President & Chief Creative Officer, Diamond Integrated Marketing, Canada

Burghard Drews

Creative Director, antwerpes AG, Germany

Marco Eychenne

Executive Creative Director, Lavender, Australia

Matt Fraracci

Creative Director, Blue Hive, Canada

Ben Gartland

Founder & Creative Director, Bengar Films, Australia

Bill Girouard

SVP/CD, Arnold Worldwide, USA

Kobi Gulerson

VP, Business Leader - Global Sponsorship & Merchant Marketing, MasterCard, Canada

Sandi Harari

SVP / Creative Director, BARKER, USA

Johannes Heldrich

Creative Director, heimat, Germany

Ian Henderson

Executive Creative Director and Owner, AML Group, UK

MinYen Hsieh

Senior UX Designer, SapientNitro, USA

Devin Kennedy

Executive Creative Director, King James Group, Cape Town

David Lennon

Global Creative Director, WSJ. Custom Studios, USA

Ken Muir

Founding Partner, Mohawk, UK

Francisco P. Nazar

SVP, Marketing, TURKEL Brands, USA

Erik Norin

Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy New York, New York

Beckie O'Connor

Associate Creative Director, Havas Worldwide Chicago, USA

Will Payovich

Creative Director/Director of Art, Havas Worldwide Chicago , USA

Tahaab Rais

Head of Insights & Strategy, FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup), UAE

Dave Roberts

Creative Director, The Partners, UK

Joel Rodriguez

Executive Creative Director, McCann XBC, USA

Jennifer Schwartz

Associate Creative Director, BARKER, USA

Ian Schwey

VP, Executive Creative Director, tag agency, Canada

John Simpson

SVP/CD, Arnold Boston, USA

Kirti Srikant

Vice President, Brand Advertising - OppenheimerFunds, Inc., USA

Dylan Taylor

Founder, The Dylan Agency, AUSTRALIA

Areta Turner

Associate Creative Director, Havas Worldwide Chicago, USA

Daniela Vojta

SVP, Group Creative Director , McCann NY, USA

Liam Wielopolski

Executive Creative Director, DDB , South Africa

Michael Ziegenhagen

Creative Director, R/GA, USA

John Barker

  • President / Chief Idea Officer
  • BARKER
  • USA

John Barker is the recipient of over 100 international awards during his 30 year career. Before founding the agency in 2003, he served in senior positions within Grey Worldwide and Sony Music. Among other notable accomplishments, he has piloted branding and advertising campaigns for many of the world’s foremost marketers, including Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Estee Lauder, Sprint, Hasbro, Bloomberg, and McGraw Hill.

André Bell

  • Senior Copywriter
  • Blue Hive
  • Canada

André believes there are no limits to what a great idea can achieve. As a senior copywriter with experience creating successful integrated campaigns for a wide range of clients on regional, national and global levels, André has utilized his belief in storytelling, strategy and design to create noteworthy work across all channels. Previously as creative director of a small agency, André played a significant role in elevating the creative product, leading to several new business wins and their first ever-creative awards. So far, André’s work has been recognized by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC), The Canadian New Media Awards, TBS World's Funniest Commercials and The Canadian Regional Design Awards.

Dino Ceccato

  • CEO
  • webguerillas AG
  • Switzerland

In 1995 Dino began his marketing and advertising career and has held several different leading positions.
He has attended to national and international brands with the entire range of on and offline marketing mix with Young & Rubicam, JWT, Publicis and Nissan. to mention a few.

As a CEO of Webguerillas AG Zurich—a specialized agency for internet, mobile- and buzz marketing—since the beginning of 2013, he has been extremely focused on engaging creativity based on a unique strategy. He strives for a strong focus for the digital brand management, including the mobile business. Within his team he won the famous "Trend Honour Mobile Award“ and later, several prizes for cross-media/web/app awards.

Nandita Chalam

  • Vice President & Executive Creative Director
  • J Walter Thompson
  • India

I have been with JWT Mumbai for over 14 years. I have worked on practically every category there is—food, consumer durables, financial, beauty, household care and more. I have won awards ranging from a Clio Gold, Silver and Bronze Canneslions, Spikes Silver, 2 Midas Golds and 1 Silver among many others. Many of the products that I have launched are now household names in India—among these are Kellogg´s Special K, Kellogg’s All Bran, State Bank of India’s Mutual Funds, Lux Body Wash, Lux Pink, Johnson & Johnson’s Shower to Shower, Rin Advanced and many more.
I love to create insight-based, slice-of-life advertising that moves you.

Dana Cohen Cullinan

  • Creative Director
  • The Jupiter Drawing Room
  • South Africa

Dana has 14 years experience in advertising and communications. Starting out her career in Tel-Aviv, she relocated to Johannesburg where, fondly known as 'Mrs. Jupiter', she has spent the last decade at the Jupiter Drawing Room building many local blue chip brands, for which she has received numerous international awards.

Augusto Correia

  • Senior Integrated Art Director
  • NBS / Dentsu Aegis Network
  • BRAZIL

Augusto Correia is a senior integrated creative art director currently working at NBS / Dentsu Aegis Network in Rio de Janeiro, one of the TOP 10 agencies from Brazil. He loves to create projects that integrate technology and digital stuff with the real world, all done behind a strong concept. He believes advertising has only two ways to be relevant: being useful or being entertaining. With that in mind, he was lucky enough to earn over 200 international and national awards in the last years, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio Awards, New York Festivals, Webby Awards, FWA, and Young Guns, among others. He also holds a chair as a Miami Ad School professor, teaching creativity and case video storytelling.

Cheryl Daly

  • Associate Broker
  • Halstead Property, LLCx
  • USA

Cheryl Daly is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker for New York City’s Halstead Property LLC, a prominent Tri-State brokerage known for its innovative and award-winning in-house marketing and technology division. She is a member of the Halstead’s prestigious Producers Council, which ranks her in the top 5% of all Halstead agents. Working with her marketing and technology division, she develops uniquely tailored campaigns that fit the needs of properties and their target audience and get the results her customers deserve. The advanced innovative thinking of this division combines marketing and technology to a new form known as Martech, which constantly reinvents the direction the industry takes in marketing real estate.
Prior to entering real estate sales, Cheryl was a senior communications executive for television companies, including CBS, MSNBC, Group W and MTV Networks. She has also consulted for Oxygen and MTV Networks and for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which awards the EMMY for daytime, news and sports programming. She has served on the board as communications vice president for New York Women in Film and Television. For more than a decade, she has applied the expertise and skills she acquired throughout her career to successfully serve her real estate customers—be they sellers or buyers of Manhattan and Brooklyn residences.

Gary Dawson

  • Creative Director
  • M&C Saatchi
  • Australia

Gary Dawson is a creative director at M&C Saatchi Sydney and has worked in the UK and Australia creating work for clients as diverse as Subaru, 118 118, BMW, Earth Hour, The Commonwealth Bank, McDonalds, Pepsi, Visa, NRMA Insurance, Johnson & Johnson, Wotif.com, Heineken and more. Along the way he has picked up numerous awards and been invited to judge at both international and local shows including D&AD, Cannes, Midas, AWARD, Adfest, CLIO, SPIKES, Campaign UK, New York Festivals, and Creative Circle.
When not working, he spends his time with family, swimming, doodling, and telling everyone else in the world that they should come to Australia.

Jordan DeWitt

  • Head of Brand Marketing and Advertising
  • Capital One Canada
  • Canada

After 14 years with Capital One in the U.S., Jordan DeWitt joined the company’s Canadian business in 2013 as head of brand marketing and advertising. In this role, he is responsible for the brand marketing, digital, advertising and social strategies for Capital One’s Canadian business. He also oversees the execution of all brand marketing campaigns, including sponsorships and media planning.
Prior to his move to Toronto, Jordan was based in Richmond, Virginia. He led brand marketing for Capital One’s U.S. co-brand and retail partnerships businesses, working with brands such as General Motors, Sony and Saks Fifth Avenue. He also held a variety of roles in supply chain management and was responsible for areas including customer fulfillment, payments and materials sourcing.
Jordan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in history. He is a member of the Chief Marketing Officer Council and was named to the list of “40 Under 40” by Brand Innovators in 2013.

David Diamond

  • President & Chief Creative Officer
  • Diamond Integrated Marketing
  • Canada

David Diamond is the president and chief creative officer of Diamond Integrated Marketing. After graduating from Queen’s University in ‘06, and following a summer stint at the Cannes film festival in France, David was inspired to build the agency. By the age of 30, David had turned his inspiration into an award-winning company, which today operates internationally. Outside the office David is pursuing a diploma from Harvard Business School, is an active member of YPO and is a new father.

Burghard Drews

  • Creative Director
  • antwerpes AG
  • Germany

Burghard Drews, born in 1968, studied communication design at the University of Wuppertal.
During his studies he worked as a freelancer in various agencies in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Wuppertal.

He earned his Masters Degree in 1996 under Prof. Mihai Nadin and Prof. Hans Günter Schmitz.
Since 1997, he has been employed at antwerpes AG in Cologne and since 2000 as a creative director and head of unit design.

Awards / Prizes (many of them won multiple times):
Cannes Lions, ADC Germany, Midas, D & AD, if Design Award, London International Advertising Award (LIAA)
Red Dot Award, Clio Awards, Intermedia Globe, The Thing, NY, Emma Award, American Design Award, Comprix,
New York Festivals, The Globals NY, German Multimedia Award, BoB Award, Best 18/1, ARC Award, ECON,
European Excellence Award, and many others.

Member of the Jury:
Midas Awards
Bob Award
Health Share Award
Comprix

Marco Eychenne

  • Executive Creative Director
  • Lavender
  • Australia

Marco is drawn to direct and digital because of its intelligent commitment to effective advertising and the endless possibilities of emerging technology. His integrated and digital work has been highly awarded, both in Australia and internationally—he has won most major response orientated awards.

Matt Fraracci

  • Creative Director
  • Blue Hive
  • Canada

Matt Fraracci is a creative director at Blue Hive Canada. He is 39 years old, up from 38 SPLY.

Ben Gartland

  • Founder & Creative Director
  • Bengar Films
  • Australia

Ben Gartland is a leading storytelling director of commercials and branded content for some of the world’s most trusted brands. He is founder and creative director of Bengar Films, independent agency for film, television and digital media based in Melbourne.
Working directly with brands, Gartland aims to improve customer perception through authentic story. His direction style is human, visual and genuine. It is this fine metering which has made Ben a specialist in storytelling with an unscripted voice.
Gartland has received countless international film, television and advertising awards for his work, including the coveted Gold Midas for his work with National Australia Bank.

Bill Girouard

  • SVP/CD
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • USA

Bill started his advertising career at Ingalls Advertising. Two years later he moved to Arnold and has been there ever since. Over those 20 years he has worked on brands from McDonald’s to Aston Martin and everything in between. His most notable work of late is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s, “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. A past Midas Award winner, Bill has also been fortunate enough to win at Cannes, Clio, CA, D&AD, Effies and more. He lives south of Boston with his wife and four sons.

Kobi Gulerson

  • VP, Business Leader - Global Sponsorship & Merchant Marketing
  • MasterCard
  • Canada

Joining in 2011 as director of digital marketing, Kobi Gulersen is responsible for driving MasterCard Canada’s B2C and B2B digital strategy and execution, including mobile and eCommerce marketing, web marketing, social media and SEM/SEO.
Kobi has worked on everything from digital campaigns to traditional mass initiatives; website builds to promotional programs and sponsorship activations. Prior to MasterCard, Kobi developed communications programs for Nestle USA, Hewlett Packard, Glenfiddich and Gibson's at MacLaren McCann. Kobi has a passion for youth marketing, having pioneered new marketing strategies through a youth marketing agency he founded and later sold his ownership stake in. Kobi has developed marketing programs in Canada, the US and even the English Caribbean. His key client work experience included: Rogers Wireless, Scotiabank International, M.A.C. Cosmetics and L’Oreal Professionnel. Kobi was nominated in 2008 for BDC Entrepreneur of the Year, and was selected as Marketing Magazine’s Ones to Watch 2008 – Canada’s Top 10 under 30.

Sandi Harari

  • SVP / Creative Director
  • BARKER
  • USA

Sandi Harari joined BARKER in 2006, making the agency one of only 5% in the business to boast a female creative director. Her rare talent and deep experience in financial services, health & beauty and other lifestyle marketing verticals quickly elevated BARKER to award-winning work across each category. In addition to her remarkable accomplishments in advertising, Sandi is also the designer of iconic movie posters for Oscar-winning films such as Monster’s Ball and Mystic River.

Johannes Heldrich

  • Creative Director
  • heimat
  • Germany

Johannes worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Coke, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Credit Suisse, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Lufthansa, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Siemens, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Sprite, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked, Volksbanken Raiffeisenbanken, worked, worked, worked, worked, worked and won.

Ian Henderson

  • Executive Creative Director and Owner
  • AML Group
  • UK

Ian is an experienced creative agency head who specialises in simple ideas for complicated businesses. Clients include finance and other complex organisations around the world, from startups to government. Ian has run several agencies for leading agency networks and now co-owns the fast-growing London independent AML Group. He also writes and comments on business and travel for international print and broadcast media. Ian lives in London and likes boats and bikes.

MinYen Hsieh

  • Senior UX Designer
  • SapientNitro
  • USA

MinYen Hsieh is an award-winning user experience designer and creative thinker capable of delivering strong user experiences across on- and off-line platforms and interactive products and devices. His work is integrated from print to digital with an international perspective. He has worked in legendary companies such as Ogilvy & Mather x IBM Design Lab, DigitasLBi, SONY Music Entertainment, and MTV.
Currently MinYen is working at SapientNitro as an senior UX designer to help fortune 100 clients expand their digital design territory. As also a digital artist, MinYen held numbers of group and solo exhibition around the world. His work has been featured in Adobe Design Award, PromaxBDA, A Design Award, etc. He was also interviewed by the Art Directors Club Tomorrow Awards for its "Voices of the Future" series.

Devin Kennedy

  • Executive Creative Director
  • King James Group
  • Cape Town

After graduating from the University of Port Elizabeth with a B.com industrial psychology degree and completing a post graduate degree at AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town, morbid curiosity and the need to pay the rent made Devin Kennedy take his first job in Windhoek, Namibia. After a year stint and winning the Grand Prix at Namibia’s local advertising awards he decided to return to Cape Town in 1999 where he joined the King James Group as junior copywriter. About 21914 cups of coffee later, he was appointed creative director and a member of the Board in 2007 and executive creative director in 2012.
For his sins, he has a generous helping of both local and international awards, which include golds at Cannes, Clios, One Show, London International, as well as Grand Prix and Ad of the Year in South Africa.

David Lennon

  • Global Creative Director
  • WSJ. Custom Studios
  • USA

David Lennon is global creative director at WSJ. Custom Studios, a unit of The Wall Street Journal Advertising Department, based in New York. Lennon joined The Wall Street Journal in 2014 and now jointly heads up a custom content team of 40 people across the world, alongside Fara Warner, the global editorial director of WSJ. Custom Studios. They have already collaborated on a wide range of client work, including campaigns for Netflix, MetLife Foundation, Delta Air Lines and MasterCard. They are very excited that they get to work with the world’s leading companies at The Wall Street Journal. 
Lennon previously worked at Bloomberg and McCann-Erickson. Lennon is from Liverpool and therefore supports Everton Football Club.

Ken Muir

  • Founding Partner
  • Mohawk
  • UK

Ken has worked intentionally at the top of his profession across many distinct fields of advertising, including above-the-line, digital and what used to be called direct marketing. Originally a copywriter, he now creates inspiring journeys across all media for a range of global clients in financial services, publishing and leisure. Ken’s passions include horse racing, buddhism and his family.

Francisco P. Nazar

  • SVP, Marketing
  • TURKEL Brands
  • USA

Francisco Nazar’s passion is to integrate communications, marketing, technology and consumers advocacy to drive brand preference and the seamless customer experience. With over 20 years of business background in multicultural marketing developed in the U.S. and Latin America, he is currently SVP of Marketing at TURKEL Brands. In this role he develops new business, provides strategic thinking and innovation to the Miami-based advertising agency. His expertise reaches across several marketing disciplines, including research, brand, advertising, media, sponsorships, corporate communications, corporate social responsibility, predictive marketing, online marketing, social media, mobile and customer experience (CX).
Prior to joining TURKEL Brands, he served as CMO for Zurich Financial Services in Argentina, leading the marketing and corporate communications strategies for the global insurance company. Before to Zurich, he ran Acceleration eMarketing (WPP)’s Center of Excellence in Argentina as managing director, providing digital marketing services to Fortune 500 clients in The Americas. He also worked for Sprint and Nextel in different marketing management roles catering Hispanic, African and Asian American consumers in the US market. Previously, Francisco served in various companies and advertising agencies in Argentina and Latin America, including the HSBC Group, Citibank, Bank of America, AXA Assistance and Sudamérica Seguros.
Francisco is a member of the CMO Council, the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the National Hispanic Society of MBAs (NHSMBAs). He has also been part of the Executive Committee in the Argentinean Marketing Association and several not-for-profit organizations in leading roles.

Erik Norin

  • Creative Director
  • Wieden+Kennedy New York
  • New York

Erik is a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy New York. Before that Erik worked at R/GA New York—named ‘The Digital Agency of the Decade.’ At R/GA Erik worked with clients such as MasterCard, McCormick, Microsoft and Impulse. Before joining R/GA Erik worked as a senior creative and creative director with Swedish agency Farfar for 8 years. Farfar was one of the world’s most successful digital agencies, ranked by The Gunn Report among the top 5 for the last five years, peaking at #1 in 2007. Erik has created numerous global, award-winning campaigns and worked with brands like Absolut Vodka, Adidas, Bjorn Borg, NGage, Nokia (including the pitch that won owners of Farfar, Isobar, the Global Digital Nokia account), Red Bull, Heineken and a bunch of Swedish brands. Before Erik joined Farfar he worked at awarded agencies Houdini (Sweden) and Dennis Interactive in New York. Erik has also acted as everything from CEO to janitor of his own company. Erik has as background as a Flash artist/Interactive designer and have studied script development, drama production, motion graphics/design, advertising, media, communication and more. Erik has been a frequent member of national and international juries and he’s held workshops in Cannes and other places. He was also in charge of the Farfar Academy—an education set up with renowned ad school Berghs in Stockholm, Sweden—educating young (digital) creatives and strategists. Erik was also recently shortlisted as Sweden’s most influential digital creatives and in March of 2011, W&V Magazine listed Erik as the 9th Best Creative Director in the World.

Beckie O'Connor

  • Associate Creative Director
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago
  • USA

Beckie specializes in developing a cohesive experience across multiple mediums for the brands she works with. Currently, she brings strategic and conceptual campaigns to the Citibank retail account at Havas Worldwide Chicago. Her expertise spans the financial services, real estate, and consumer products industries.
Additionally, Beckie is in charge of marketing for Banging Gavel Brews, a local craft brewery, in the process of establishing their own permanent brewing facility and taproom in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. The brewery is a refreshing challenge for her and she’s excited about its future.
Twitter: @roc_onn
Instagram: @bckocon

Will Payovich

  • Creative Director/Director of Art
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago
  • USA

As a creative director, Will has delivered impressive results for many iconic consumer brands including, Citi, Sonic Drive-Ins, Western Union, Sprint, and Sears. As a senior creative executive at Havas Worldwide Chicago Will frequently serves as advisor, designer, writer, and strategist across the agency’s diverse roster of clients.
In 2011, Will won the international design shoot out for the cover of Who Cares Wins, the now bestselling book from Global CEO of HAVAS, David Jones. In April 2013, Will served as a judge for the prestigious Cannes Young Lions Competition.

Tahaab Rais

  • Head of Insights & Strategy
  • FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup)
  • UAE

Tahaab is a data and new media fanboy, and one of those advertisers who loves, eats, sleeps and adores the banking and finance industry. His industry experience in creative strategy and connections planning spans Asia, the Middle East, and Africa with a portfolio of successful multinational brands as well as emerging local and regional brands across telecommunications, FMCG, technology and mobile, travel and tourism, real estate, petroleum, sports and entertainment, and banking, finance and insurance. He has worked on global and local strategy for HSBC, HSBC Amanah, ICICI, Standard Chartered Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Emirates NBD, MasterCard, and Daman Insurance, among others.
He believes that empathy is central to effective communication. Hence, he is always enthusiastic about the art of making brands more relatable, more tangible and more enjoyable.
As head of insights and strategy at FP7/DXB (Part of McCann Worldgroup) in the MENA region, he is focused on finding untold, culturally relevant human truths and telling them in an effective and daring way for the agency's brands across the region. He has been integral to the agency's recent successes at regional and international awards and its climb to the top of the charts in the world's most effective agencies.

Dave Roberts

  • Creative Director
  • The Partners
  • UK

Dave has over 20 years’ experience helping global clients solve complex brand challenges.
With a passion to bridge the gap between strategy and creativity, Dave has advised some of the world’s most famous international brands, including HSBC, Nokia, Sberbank (Russia) and M&S. He has also created and crafted brands closer to home, such as Molton Brown, Kew Gardens and Kelvingrove Museum.
Since joining The Partners in 2011, Dave has been responsible for strategic and creative leadership across a number of programmes for clients including Samsung UK, Investec Asset Management, Buro Happold and Aldi.
Dave continues to develop powerful work for a number of clients, such as working with Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank to put its personality and community spirit at the heart of the brand and help transform Argos from catalogue shopping to a digital super retailer.
Before joining The Partners, Dave spent 12 years at Fitch London, where he led one of the creative teams, receiving numerous awards for brand identity and environmental design.

Joel Rodriguez

  • Executive Creative Director
  • McCann XBC
  • USA

Joel has been fortunate enough to have worked all over the country at the most esteemed agencies in the world.
Born in Nicaragua and fleeing the Contra war, his family would drive to Southern California in a green Fiat when he was 7 years old. It was there where two cultures clashed and somewhere between his craze for Mrs. Pac-Man, the impact of Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” Video, and his mothers poor cooking… you could say he developed his unique style and dry brand of humor.
During his formative years he failed tremendously at math, science, and piano lessons. But he continued to excel in the visual arts. He would later go on to graduate from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
In 1998, Joel embarked into the advertising world and over the years he would create memorable work for brands such as Guinness, FedEx, Citi-Bank, Sprint, Nextel, Sony, Adidas, and MTV, to name a few. His work has also picked up an array of international industry awards: Cannes Lions, including Gold, One Show Pencils (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Kelly Awards, Art Directors Club, AICP Best Art Director, EFFIES and many more. His broadcast for Guinness and Nextel earned the distinction of showcasing at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). In 2006, Boards Magazine listed Joel on the International Top Ten Art Directors list, which tallies performances from all of the international awards. Joel believes creative people should always be exploring and trying new disciplines.
Since 2010, he has been working independently and continuing to expand his craft by collaborating with not only advertising agencies, but has also been sought by production houses, collaborating and creating unique work with them. Although an art director by trade, he has asserted himself to longer forms of narrative writing and directing, including a recent 16 minute-film, “Sparrow.”
He lives in Brooklyn NY with his wife and two kids.

Jennifer Schwartz

  • Associate Creative Director
  • BARKER
  • USA

A graduate of Creative Circus, Jennifer is an ACD at BARKER focusing on print, out of home, and television. She has worked on a wide range of financial services clients including Bloomberg, UBS, and IDB Bank, in addition to many global brands such as SlimFast, Parx Casino, Ion Television, Wheat Thins and Oreo.

Ian Schwey

  • VP, Executive Creative Director
  • tag agency
  • Canada

Ian reflects the perfect mix of creativity and strategy. He is in constant search of the next big idea, and his philosophy is to engage consumers through insight and innovation, while remaining channel-neutral. By collaborating with clients, this belief has helped him create successful campaigns for General Motors, Nestle, Canada Goose, Kellogg’s, Goodlife Fitness, KFC, Rogers and Kraft.
While Ian’s focus has always been centered on creating transformative work for the brands he touches, his initiatives have also been recognized by Cannes, One Show, New York Festivals, Clios, London International Awards, and Communication Arts. Before joining tag agency, Ian spent years honing his craft at reputed shops such as Taxi, Zulu Alpha Kilo, DS+P, Zig, JWT, Y&R and McCann. On the side, Ian does stand-up comedy (think Seinfeld meets Mitch Hedberg, minus the killer material).

John Simpson

  • SVP/CD
  • Arnold Boston
  • USA

A copywriter by trade, John has worked at Leonard/Monahan in Providence and Hill, Holliday and Arnold in Boston, where he is currently a creative director. At Hill, Holliday, he was a writer and ACD on Fleet Bank prior to its acquisition by Bank of America, and at Arnold he has worked on Citizens Bank and was the writer and creative director (along with AD/CD partner Wendy Beckett) on the Fidelity account when the long-running Green Line campaign was launched. John currently works on the Santander Bank business along with the Jack Daniel’s account. He lives in Providence.

Kirti Srikant

  • Vice President
  • Brand Advertising - OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
  • USA

Kirti Srikant joined OppenheimerFunds in September 2010 to digitize the advertising and media strategies for the firm. She oversees brand marketing, advertising, media strategy, brand sponsorships and agency relationships. Her approach to advertising for the “Globalize your thinkingTM” campaign earned over 30 accolades. Most recently, “Growth.Income.Protection*” has earned over 10 industry awards for digital and multi-media advertising FCS Portfolio, Midas, and Gramercy Institute’s ‘Best Media Strategy.’
Previously, Ms. Srikant spent over four years at Citigroup overseeing digital advertising and marketing strategy. She also held roles where she designed and oversaw online advertising strategies, cross-sell, event sponsorships / marketing and acquisition marketing across the manufacturing and entertainment industries.
Ms. Srikant is the recipient of ‘Brand Innovators 40 Under 40’, ‘Gramercy Institute’s 20 Rising Stars in Financial Marketing 2013’, ‘AWNY’s Advertising Working Mother of the Year 2012’. Kirti volunteers her time as board of director for the Financial Communications Society, supporting charities through the organizations’ works.

Kirti received her MBA from the Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Corporate Communications & Marketing from the City University of New York. A native New Yorker, Kirti lives with her daughter and husband in FiDi. She spends her free time performing with her charity band, ‘Mayhem’.

Dylan Taylor

  • Founder
  • The Dylan Agency
  • AUSTRALIA

I spent my first 10 years as a copywriter. The next 12 as a creative director. Two years as an executive creative director. One year as a managing partner. Now, three years as agency partner in my own shop. Worked across three continents. Won over 300 Awards. Part of the B&T Agency of the Decade team. The first Australian awarded the Irving Wunderman Award for lifetime achievement at the 30th Caples Award Show. In the same year, I was also named Australian Direct Marketer of the Year.

Areta Turner

  • Associate Creative Director
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago
  • USA

With an M.A. in public relations and advertising from DePaul University, Areta brings a seasoned background to her role as associate creative director at Havas Worldwide Chicago. Currently she focuses her expertise on retail merchandising, direct mail and brand activation for Citibank. Her background includes experience in financial services, hospitality and travel industries.

Daniela Vojta

  • SVP, Group Creative Director
  • McCann NY
  • USA

Daniela Vojta is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and moved to the US to study graphic design. Her first work experience was at the Milton Glaser Studio working under one of her favorite design masters. She later discovered a passion for film and broadcast and transitioned to advertising so she could combine her different interests. She's currently group creative director at McCann NY. She has created award-winning work for brands like Microsoft, MasterCard, Tide, Coca Cola, Target and L'Oréal. Daniela was recently named in Creativity/Adweek's "Creatives You Should Know" and her work has been recognized by Cannes, the One Show, Clio, Midas Awards and Communication Arts, among many others.

Liam Wielopolski

  • Executive Creative Director
  • DDB
  • South Africa

Liam is responsible for maintaining the high creative bar at DDB in not only Johannesburg but the rest of Africa & the Middle East as well. Having cut his teeth on global brands such as Guinness, Land Rover, Virgin Atlantic Airways and P&G he’s more than ready to once again take on his favourite challenge of building a network of strong creative thinkers, producing great results with great creative work.
Both in his own right as an art director and as the lead of several creative departments over the last 20 years, Liam has collected an impressive array of international and local awards. In the little spare time he has, he likes to chase a little white ball with a big stick around beautifully manicured lawns.

Michael Ziegenhagen

  • Creative Director
  • R/GA
  • USA

Michael Ziegenhagen is a creative director and consultant with over 15 years of experience building brands, creating mobile and desktop destinations and guiding businesses product innovation. Michael has worked at top digital agencies and has pent the last 5 years at digital agency of the year R/GA. There he manages business for leading financial and technology clients. He has also acted as a creative mentor for the Tech Stars accelerator program, focused on helping start-ups creating products for the Internet of Things. Before R/GA, Michael worked with consumer brands like Neutrogena to build their e-commerce and digital presence. He is also a published children's book author, was responsible for designing the first screen reading browser for the blind and has created innovative in-store interactive specific installations for retail.



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