I am a creative digital marketing and communication professional, living in Chicago, Illinois with my wife, two lovely daughters (depending on what time you wake them) and one really, really stinky thai ridgeback dog.
I was born in Toronto and grew up just east of downtown in an area called Cabbagetown, one block east of Degrassi Street.
I have been fortunate to have lived in a number of excellent places in North America.
When people ask me where I’m from, I tell them I’m from around the Great Lakes.
I’ve always worked in “advertising,” it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, but how I got here is unique. I skipped going to college because I got a summer job at the in-house studio of the Toronto office of BBDO right after I graduated high school. By the time September came and it was time to go to back to school, I was pretty used to getting paid for a living and decided that if I just work my ass off, I can probably do o.k. Thanks to some great mentors, late nights, and saying “yes” a lot – so far, so good.
I have specialized in pharmaceutical and healthcare advertising for most of my career, with a strong emphasis on branding and digital. I love marketing and communication because I get to learn something new every day, I get to work with incredibly smart and interesting people, and I get to make things that are helpful, useful, and meaningful to the people they serve.
I get my kicks learning about new things. It’s by far my favourite thing to do. I enjoy doing too much and find myself constantly discovering new hobbies. My wife is not thrilled with this part of my personality. Luckily, she is very forgiving. I like to dabble in painting (canvas and walls), woodworking, welding, guitar playing, guitar building, gardening and animation. I have an unfortunate penchant for purchasing stringed instruments, especially ukuleles.
Random fact: While I live in the USA, my fingers don’t seem to know that and they persist in typing the extra ‘u.’ I know how to spell, but I leave them in because it reminds me of Grade 9 typing class.
Thanks for sticking it out to the end.