I spent the first decade and a half of my career on the agency side of the business, concepting, pitching and creating ad campaigns for a long list of iconic brands. I've recently taken these ad life experiences over to the brand side, now serving as Global Creative Director for Garmin International, a GPS and wearable tech company that makes world-class products in the aviation, automotive, fitness, outdoor and marine categories. I like simplicity. I like entertainment. I like ideas that actually move the needle for the business. I believe advertising is at the intersection of art and commerce, and that the most successful work is as strategically smart as it is creative. I believe in kindness. Collaboration. And starting sentences with conjuctions. Welcome to my portfolio site. I appreciate you stopping by.

Face of Adventure

The MARQ Collection


Never Stop Cycling

Fenix 5


Sonic Drive-In

Olympics Ambush

Hostess Comeback

UMB Mobile Banking

Blue Bunny

MO Lottery

Fenix 3

International Trucks



Track Record

Garmin International
Global Creative Director // 2015-Present

VML, Kansas City
Group Creative Director // 2014-15

Bernstein-Rein, Kansas City
Creative Director // 2013-2014
Assoc. Creative Director // 2011-13

Barkley, Kansas City
Senior Copywriter // 2007-11

Bagby + Co, Chicago
Senior Copywriter // 2005-07

Tahan Advertising, Chicago
Copywriter // 2004-05


Cannes International Film Fest, Sports Clios, ANA Brand Masters, Facebook Studio Awards, Adrian Awards, Shorty Awards, OBIE Awards, Webby Awards, ADDYs, Comm Arts, FWA, World Lottery Association, Radio Mercury Awards, IHAF Awards

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