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Founder / Chief Creative Officer
Justin has been responsible for the creative development, production and presentation of fully integrated, highly effective campaigns across all platforms and has cultivated long term relationships with his clients, their board members, their franchisee groups, other key partners and stakeholders. In addition to 20 years of agency experience at shops ranging from Ogilvy & Mather to 72andSunny, Justin consults for brands directly, is a commercial film Director in the DGA, has taught Design & Advertising courses at CSULB and was named a Nice-Modernist by Dwell Magazine. In his spare time he’s overly passionate about his family, cooking, cocktails, wine, painting, writing bio's and photography.
Executive Creative Director / Partner
Steve is an Executive Creative Director and Writer with over two decades of experience at both independent agencies and global networks. Most recently, Steve was ECD at DNA Seattle, where he significantly raised the creative profile of this 50-person independent agency, helping them win Small Agency of the Year for the first time in their 24-year history. Steve has worked on brands of all shapes and sizes, including Rainier Beer, Tableau Software, Sounders FC, Darigold, Motorola, Visit Seattle, American Girl, Kaiser Permanente, Les Schwab Tires, Aflac, and AM/PM Mini-Markets. His NBA sponsorship campaign for T-Mobile featuring Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade was chosen as Campaign of the Year by Time Magazine. Steve has a lovely wife, two boys, an anxious Hungarian Pointer, and a strong aversion to cilantro.
Executive Creative Director
Dino's work has garnered numerous advertising awards and accolades, is on display at The Museum of Modern Art and most importantly, lives on the phones, laptops and walls of multitudes of teens and college students. He has held creative and leadership positions at national and international agencies, as well as creative boutiques such as Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, Saatchi & Saatchi, David & Goliath and Leo Burnett. He has worked on a variety of brands ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small independent coffee brands. He is a trichotomy of cultures — Argentino, Italiano, Southern Californiano, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Visual Communications, and has successfully made two children, one of each gender.
Director of VFX
Sean has over 10 years creating, developing and managing VFX in the commercial, television, interactive and film spaces. He's worked with large and small brands ranging from BMW, Acura, Ford, Dodge, Beats by Dre, HP, Fiat and on projects for Elton John, Cosmos, and Jack Reacher. He enjoys spending time with his family and currently owns more animals than the rest of our team combined.
Executive Producer / Partner
Melissa is a seasoned, highly talented and driven Executive Producer with over 15 years Agency experience producing work that has influenced the cultural conversation for brands such as Carl's Jr., BMW and Dole. In addition to making creative ideas grow, she enjoys spending time in her garden, discovering new places to eat, traveling with her family and putting up with her husband's crazy ideas.
Group Creative Director / Writer
Mark is a Group Creative Director and writer with over 16 years experience in creative advertising. For the past 7 years, he served as a Creative Director at LA-based 72andSunny, two-time Agency of the Year winner. In his career, he has worked in NYC and LA on such global brands as Coca-Cola, Samsung, Activision, Heineken, Hennessy, Belvedere, Anheuser Busch, Taco Bell, Boost Mobile, Carl’s Jr./Hardees, Coors Light and Starbucks. Outside of advertising, Mark is a children’s book author and musician. His band BARK released their first album in 2017 to critical acclaim.
Michelle started working direct with clients 5 years ago after 15+ years at large agencies. Personally handling each component of her clients' campaigns and only accepting new accounts when a spot on her roster is available has allowed Michelle to establish herself as in-house buyer for her clients. She's launched MedMen in all of their recreational markets and establishing them as the market-leader in the cannabis space, built national and local political campaigns for mid-term and presidential elections, and worked in other verticals such as pet care, cosmetics, law-firms and more.
Creative Director / Writer
Sydney spent the first part of her career agency side at Arnold, Chiat Day and Cliff Freeman, and moved to working client direct in the SF Bay area, writing and creative directing digital, social and broadcast campaigns. When she's not obsessing over all things advertising, she's busy obsessing over all things crafty, specifically Sculpey™.