I grew up on an island. Since then, my adventures in advertising have taken me all kinds of interesting places at agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles, Chicago again, and now back to that island, where I’m currently the Executive Creative Director at MVNP, an Associate Agency of DDB.
Over my 15 years in the business, I’ve worked on everything from ads to digital, documentaries to VR. I’ve directed films, designed UX templates, and strategized. One time, I won an agency meatball eating contest.
I’ve had million-dollar budgets and microscopic ones. My client portfolio includes everything from diapers to beer, international tourism and hospitality to local gas stations and lawn care services.
I’m a firm believer in being an insight driven creator, first and foremost. And that the best way to get to great work is by working prolifically and quickly. And that somehow, someway, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B should be able to peacefully coexist.
I’ve enjoyed some nice acclaim, from being responsible for the first Hawaiian agency work ever featured on Creativity & Communication Arts to being named one of Honolulu’s TOP 40 UNDER 40 businesspeople.
And wherever my next adventure takes me, I believe my best work is yet to come, and I’ll savor every moment of the journey it takes to get there.
Executive Creative Director
MVNP - DDB Associate / Honolulu, HI / 2013 - Current
Hawaii Tourism USA, Hawaii Tourism Authority, First Hawaiian Bank, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Kona Brewing Co., 76, Hele, Nom Nom, Target, McDonalds, Consolidated Theaters, Marriott, The Laylow: Autograph Collection, Hilton, Our Kakaako, Ward Village, Howard Hughes, Child and Family Service, International Market Place, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Hawaii State Energy Office
Freelance Creative Director
Honolulu, HI / 2013
Ogilvy & Mather / Chicago, IL / 2011-2013
Huggies, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation, KISSFM, Emporium Arcade Bar, Chicago Blackhawks, Pledge
M&C Saatchi / Santa Monica, CA / 2010-2011
San Diego Zoo, Crystal Cruises, Epson, New Mexico Tourism Department, Getty Center, Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau, Trafalgar Tours, California Department of Public Health
Everything Is Better With A Gorilla / 2009-2010
Senior Art Director
Ignited / El Segundo, CA / 2008-2010
Sony VAIO, Princess Cruises, EA Mobile, Cartoon Network, Agility Logistics
Chicago Portfolio School / Chicago, IL / 2006-2007
Cramer-Krasselt / Chicago, IL / 2004-2007
AirTran Airways, Heinz, Corona, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Cellular South, Effen Vodka, Zantac, Champion Tae Kwon Do School, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Place, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Coleman Natural Foods, Bucktown Fitness Club, TV Guide, John Mullaly DDS, DEX
Freelance Art Director
Ungar Group / Chicago, IL / 2004
The Brochure Factory / Chicago, IL / 2004
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, Mobil Travel Guide
Graphic Designer & Intern
MVNP - DDB Associate / Honolulu, HI / 2003
Aloha Airlines, McDonald’s, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Ala Moana Shopping Center
Chicago Portfolio School
2003-2004 / Art Direction
University of Hawaii & University of Washington
1998-2003 / Marketing
One Show, Shorty, Effie, National Geographic Short Film Showcase, Vimeo Staff Pick, Communicaton Arts Advertising Annual, Communicaton Arts Interactive Annual, New York Festivals Innovative Advertising Awards Show, Webby, FITC, Webawards, Creativity, SXSWi, FWA, Archive, Graphis, AdWeek, AdAge, Web Marketing Association Web, Davey, Chicago Creative Club, Adrian, Mercury, 40 Under 40, Telly, Pele, AIGA Hawaii-50
Agency Spy, Hawaii Business, Pacific Business News, The Los Angeles Egotist, Mediakix, Digital Cinema Report