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Over the course of his career Jon’s done award winning, memorable work at some of the most forward thinking shops in advertising, including BBDO/SF, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, TBWA/Chiat/Day and Hal Riney, as well as being a founding creative when Mad Dogs first started. Jon’s style can be described as playful, provocative and honest.  Tirelessly able to get to the essence of the problem at hand, without ever forgetting that the simplicity of truth is all it really takes to get people to respond. His work has been celebrated in almost every international advertising show, having won multiple One Show Pencils, a slot in the Clio Hall of Fame, Gold Effies, and several Cannes Lions, including a Grand Prix in film for Nike. Heck…he’s even won an Emmy. All that, whilst responsibly raising two nutty boys and skateboarding to work everyday from Bart.




Beyond his devotion to family and beloved Man Utd football team, Nick's dedicated most of his life to trying to make advertising less toxic and more loved. After helping put London-based agency Mavity Gilmore Jaume on the creative map, Nick moved to New York where he worked for TBWA/CHIAT and Ogilvy New York before founding upstart agency, Mad Dogs & Englishmen in 1991, leading it to become the 4A’s Small Agency of the Year. Beyond Mad Dogs, Nick also helped Wieden + Kennedy grow a dynamic new office in Shanghai. In the last 25 years, Nick has helped create memorable work for a wide range of major clients, along the way winning hundreds of shiny industry awards, teaching advertising and serving on the board of the One Club for Art and Copy. 




We’re lucky to have Paul’s leadership, as he’s long been one of the industry’s most sought after producers in the broadcast and digital content arenas. With years of experience and an impressive tour of duty in production both domestic and global, Paul has had the pleasure to bring a wide range of creative work to life while spearheading efforts for such clients as AT&T, BMW, Southwest Airlines, Intel, Cisco Systems, Lexus, Lee Jeans and Electronic Arts, to name a few. When Paul is not on set or on location, he spends time with his family, enjoying football (the beautiful game), taking a ride on his motorcycle and always surrounded by music and nature.  




We share a space with Swordfish, a motion design studio specializing in user experience and storytelling. Led by Matt Silverman, their team of directors, designers, animators, and technologists are focused innovators, and forward-thinking UX tacticians. We're currently working on some amazing projects together.   




Anne has over 20 years experience as a brand planner and a marketing communications strategist. Her expertise lies in translating customer needs into strategic insights that inspire creative and creates a lasting connection between the brand and the target. After starting her career in NYC, Anne felt the energy and allure of the frenzy and made the move to the West coast. Over the years, Anne has lead brand, product and creative strategy for Facebook, HP, Microsoft, Sprint, Altoids, Del Taco, Jamba Juice, Beringer Wines, The Discovery Channel, BMW, Saturn, 24 Hour Fitness, Old Navy, The North Face, Capital One, City of Hope, and more. Not someone particularly good at sitting still, Anne’s perfect day would start with a hike, involve loads of body surfing in warm water, and end with a table full of happy family and friends surrounded by delicious food and good tequila. 




Ways and Means, one of our favorite media planning and buying partners, is led by Karen Halstead and Diana Ahrens.  Karen has over 25 years of experience in media and has a client roster that spans almost every industry. Before founding Ways & Means, Karen led a wide variety of agency media teams including Mekanism, Eleven, Inc., Universal Mc-Cann San Francisco, and TBWA/Chiat/Day San Francisco. Her first nine years in the industry were spent in New York. Karen holds an MBA from New York University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Georgetown University.  Diana has over 10 years of experience in marketing and media and has managed agency and in-house media programs for some of the best known brands in the country. Before starting Ways and Means, Diana was the Director of Marketing for GOOD Worldwide. Prior to that she worked with Karen to build the media department at Eleven, Inc., leading Virgin America's media program for four years. Diana graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Linguistics and Mandarin...fancy!




Jenny Dyke started The Distillery in 2012.  She has 14 years of research experience, including three years of PR research.  She spent eight years with Hall & Partners, working with brands including Microsoft, Citrix, eBay, T-Mobile, Dropbox, Mozilla, Kia and Visit California.  She then started and grew the quantitative business for research boutique, Talk Shoppe. With a BSc in Business Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London, she has an appreciation for numbers and understanding the whys behind decision making.