- Within our walls are different nationalities, age groups, races and skillsets all with one thing in common - a desire to do things smarter and faster. We seek intelligence over arrogance, taste over flair, and caring over cut throat.
- When you first meet Jay, it’s often hard to tell what side of the agency he is from, because he doesn’t really believe in the notion of sides. “I always loved the old creative process but this business is so much more exciting than that now. Today, everyone that touches a brand is in the creative department, one way or another”. This attitude has helped Jay become recognized as a new breed of creative thinker, and a valuable partner to some of the world’s biggest brands. In 2009, Jay was named one of the 40 most influential people under 40 by Adnews magazine. Then in 2010, after becoming the most awarded creative director in Australasia at Cannes, he left the region and headed back home to New York. More than all of the industry accolades, Jay’s favorite career highlight came in 2007 when over three million people voted one of his Toyota commercials as the World’s Funniest on a New Years countdown. “My Dad finally understood what I do for a living”.
- Kieran has always pursued a balance between his commercial work in advertising and his career as a fine artist. He has exhibited in Sydney, London and New York for more than 10 years. In 2010 he was ranked as the #1 Art Director worldwide at Cannes making him the 4th most awarded Art Director in the world. (Gunn report 2010). In 2009 he was also named International 'Co-Young Gun of the Year'. As a Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett, New York and as an exhibiting Fine Artist he has decided sleep is over rated. A selection of his fine art can viewed at kieranantill.com
- Before advertising, Michael was a bar manager in Sydney, which he thinks is the best education you can have in both people and understanding Irish accents. At age 25 he was ranked the #1 creative talent in Australia, and has consistently topped international rankings including Cannes Lions, Gunn Report and Ad Age Creativity. Michael’s belief in ideas people can value builds ongoing assets for brands, rather than just advertising them - From ‘Lynx Jet’, the ‘TED696 Project’ ‘Vote Earth’ or ‘Photochains’. This style of innovation has seen Michael win the Cannes Lions Grand Prix and ‘Agency of the Year’ title in 2006 and 2010, 12 Gold Lions, a D&AD yellow pencil and ‘Young Gun of the Year’. He has most recently been named in the world’s top 3 ‘Young Guns of the Decade’. Michael lives in Manhattan with his wife Kat and around 80 pairs of sneakers.
- Harry is an extremely versatile strategy thinker with the ability to dive deep into any client challenge. He has launched, restaged and grown brands for a range of clients including startups, csr, energy, spirits, gaming, mobile phone service providers, and luxury and lifestyle offerings. A new breed of strategist he's able to influence traditional forms of communication building with innovative digital thinking. Harry arrives from Droga5 where he spent the past three years shaping and building their strategic offering. Prior to that, he worked at the New York office of Taxi. Outside of agency life, he mentors teenagers via iMentor and Stoked, surfs up and down the Long Island coast and spends an irresponsible amount of time playing video games.
- Jeremy is like a Saint Bernard. Whether he’s digging out raw creative talent for a project or sniffing his way to the juiciest sandwich spot in town, you know you can always rely on this native New Yorker. After starting his career with culinary ambitions, Jeremy soon found interest in a different type of cooking – producing commercials and music videos. Over the last two decades, Jeremy has brought life to award-winning campaigns for high-profile clients including Heineken, Jaguar, AT&T, Burger King, ExxonMobil, NYSE and many more. Oh, and the Saint Bernard metaphor works well for his loyalty too. Jeremy is a great dude. Period.
Ashleigh joins us from Avon, where as Head of Global Advertising she led efforts to identify the company’s global brand purpose and campaign, while contemporizing their global advertising operating model. Having earned the nickname “Wonder Woman” early in her career, based on her boundless energy and reputation as a defender of good (ideas), Ashleigh is passionate about helping brands achieve growth by strengthening their value equation and finding new ways to reach consumers and influence the pop culture conversation. Throughout her career, she has made it a point to work with a veritable “who’s who” of world-class clients including Coty, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Ralph Lauren, Dove and P&G, collecting “best practices” while helping each brand she’s touched find their unique point of view and the right mediums through which to express their voice. In her spare time, Ashleigh enjoys any activity involving good food, good art and good friends.
- While completing his Bachelor in Graphic Design and Multimedia at Central Saint Martins University of Arts in London Stian started out directing and making music videos with his friends at (www.helmet.no). Stian continued pursuing his love of rock music and helped out his music friends creating band concepts and CD art, and when three of his music friends started the ice-cream and chocolate company Cielo (www.cielo.no) he helped them out with their brand and marketing concept and is now a part owner. Stian has more than six years experience as Art Director, Graphic Designer and Digital wiz at Bennett and HK advertising. Next to his work he served three years as a board member of (KF.TR) the Mid-Norwegian Advertising Association and he has won several awards for his outstanding work.
- Tom has a last name that takes you away to a sunny beach somewhere in Caribbean and hands you a refreshing umbrella drink. Tom grew up in Manhasset, NY and went to college at Quinnipiac University. Where he majored in Media Production and minored in Graphic Design and Philosophy. He is now using those skills as an associate producer and editor at LBNY.
- Skyler was destined to work with words since birth. Well, actually before that. He said his first word while he was still in the womb. It was, "cabbage." After being introduced to the world, he spent his youth bringing soul to suburban New Jersey. At age 17, he left the greatest state in The Union to study at Syracuse University. After taking one class in advertising, he thought, "Yeah, OK. This is pretty cool," and switched majors. Once he graduated, Skyler said sayonara to the cold and journeyed to the deep south via a 27-day hitchhike. He ended up in Atlanta, where he ate fried pickles, drank Coke and developed his portfolio at The Creative Circus. Two years later he returned to his stomping grounds to reclaim The North. Having sneaked into LBNY via the freight elevator, he was able to blend in amongst the riffraff and has since helped build LBNY with his hands and mind.
- Born in Philly, made in New York, at the Hofstra University School of Communication to be precise. Rondell has a decade worth of production experience with a range of work that stretches from packaged goods to healthcare brands to bringing humanity to major corporations like ExxonMobil. He’s a frugal creative creature and a methodical man who eats cereal every single morning.
When he grows up, Rondell wants to work in advertising.
- Native San Franciscan and an avid (rabid) 49’ers fan with “Football Tourette’s”. Deb has almost 15 years of agency experience, starting in Print Production moved into Project Management, then into managing agency creatives – overseeing the creative output, resources, recruiting and internal processes for agencies overall – from 30,000 feet and on a granular level. As part Jewish mother, part cat herder and part booty-kickin’ cop – Deb is obsessed with process and won’t stop until every nut and bolt are greased up and the machinery runs smoothly.
- André Gidoin is French-Norwegian like a croissant with smoked salmon. Add a shot of espresso for the three and half years he spent working at Leo Burnett in Milan and a slice of pizza now that he’s in New York. André graduated from Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo 2009 as an award-winning student, helping the school reach the top 10 Schools of the Decade list, according to Young Guns. His innovative thinking and strong focus on craft have brought life to award-winning work for clients such as Montblanc, Avis, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, ING Direct and Goodyear. André and his partner were named the 5th best creative team under 30 of 2012 with their campaign “Beauty of a Second” for Montblanc. His latest challenge is to teach Americans how to pronounce his last name: Gidoin.
- Darren Wright has given life to award-winning work earning him more than 100 industry awards including Cannes Lions, Clios, Andys, One Show Pencils, Art Directors Cubes, D&AD and Communication Arts Awards, ADDYs, London International Awards, and New York Festival Medals, among many others. His honors include recognition in Boards´ Top 10 Copywriters in the World and a number five ranking in Time Magazine's Top 10 Everything of 2008 list, for his acclaimed AT&T “Scorsese” spot. Most recently, Creativity named his spot “Crazy,” for The National Football League, one of the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time. While his primary focus has been on advertising and new media development, he has also written segments for Fox Television’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and aided in the development of a pilot for Paramount Television, based on a campaign he helped create for Sony.
- Dave Skinner has given life to award-winning work earning him more than 100 industry awards including Cannes Lions, Clios, Andys, One Show Pencils, Art Directors Cubes, D&AD and Communication Arts Awards, ADDYs, London International Awards, and New York Festival Medals, among many others. His honors include recognition in Boards´ Top 10 Copywriters in the World and a number five ranking in Time Magazine's Top 10 Everything of 2008 list, for his acclaimed AT&T “Scorsese” spot. Most recently, Creativity named his spot “Crazy,” for The National Football League, one of the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time. While his primary focus has been on advertising and new media development, he has also written segments for Fox Television’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and aided in the development of a pilot for Paramount Television, based on a campaign he helped create for Sony.
- In high school, Ben realized it was possible to get paid handsomely to come up with the crazy ads he saw all around him. After attending DePaul University and spending a bit of time in the corporate marketing world, Ben made the jump into agency land as a planner with a desire to help that craziness come from a sound strategic foundation. Since then, he has amassed a diverse range of strategy and industry experience. Prior to joining Leo, Ben spent time at Naked Communications, where he honed his brand and communications strategy skills on brands global and local, and at space150, a digital creative shop, where he contributed to brand and digital strategies for challenger brands with passionate fanbases. Ben earned his planning stripes at Miami Ad School, where he graduated at the top of his class, and has been a featured speaker at the 4A's Strategy Festival. When he's not making decks, charts, and all those other things planners make, he spends a lot of time training for long-distance running races and working out, and then undoing all that hard work with a wide variety of desserts.
- Steven Jordão (pronounced Jor-day-oh) is a first-generation American bro with Western European roots, who is way to proud to be from New Jersey. Being a craftsman from an early age, Steve's portfolio of design began with re-designing a bathroom into a dark room, running a print press and of course modern graphic design done on one of those computer things. He loves smelling markers, sharp objects, adhesives, and getting his hands dirty working away from the computer. He has previously worked on global accounts such as Jaguar, Exxon/Mobil, Charles Schwab and NYSE. You can find him at LBNY kicking around the agency soccer ball.
- After working 2 years at LBNY, Shaina has yet to find the time to gather info for this bio. She’s spent the last two years cleaning up after the creatives at LBNY, co-producing (and acting in) the off-Broadway smash 8 Million Protagonists, performing weekly on a musical house team at the People's Improv Theatre (where she also co-hosts a monthly song parody showcase and a weekly improv jam), writing and starring in two web series and trying to figure out what to paint her apartment in Brooklyn. When she does find a second, she spends it creating new comedy and theatre shows, the next one being her one woman show, and talking briefs (of the creative variety) with her CCO. So as you can see, Shaina is just too busy for bios.
- Stephanie joined the advertising business with a desire to help brands find their place in culture and to impact the way people act and think -- and years later, she still approaches each of her clients with this goal in mind. She's worked with a wide range of clients big and small across qsr, financial services, air travel, cpg, fashion, and consumer technology. Stephanie keeps the words of Leo Burnett in mind each day with her team to do everything uncommonly well. Outside of the office, you'll find Stephanie exploring the world near and far and keeping her Girl Scout honor to always leave it better than she found it.