I grew up in ad agencies, did a lot of art and design and guerrilla-type stuff as a kid and teen. Got a scholarship to go to art college.
I graduated SCAD in 1992 with incredibly expensive degrees in graphic design, illustration and art history. I have the diplomas in a box in the basement.
I’ve been in the brand and branding game since 1993, professionally. I bounced around some corporate gigs, started the first of many agencies in 1999 – and the rest is pretty standard history.
Helped hundreds, seen businesses and brands flourish, pissed off a few – and a had a really great time doing ALL of it.
You’ll notice I joke, I curse, I drop back-handed compliments and outright insults. I cut up online – A LOT.
But, I’m very serious about my work. Not so serious that I don’t laugh a lot and babble strange ideas – but if you’re going to work with me, it’s best we get these things out of the way early on.
In my personal life, I have a wife (Beth) that means absolutely everything to me, and we have 5 kids. That’s probably enough, really – but in my (sparing) free time, I enjoy drawing and participating in artsy/designery things. I’m a guitar player who is not very good.
Above all – and I mean that quite literally – I am a family man. My wife and children have and will always come first. There’s no branding or design emergency great enough that it can trump “Daddy, look at this bug I found!!!”
I love my job. I love design. I love YOU!
I just love my wife and my kids more.
We live in North Carolina. I like burning things and digging holes in my back yard.
Now, aren’t you glad you asked?