Derek Walker is a copywriter who happens to own a tiny advertising agency – brown & browner advertising. The copywriter part is important, he is and always will be a creative. He is also a past blogger for adage.com, talentzoo.com, and thedrum.com. A student of advertising, he first worked on the client side for Toys R Us and Pizza Hut. Wait, a creative who understands business, shocking. Not really.
Before going out on his own, he worked for Cramer/Krasselt, Falhgren, Temerlin-McClain, RadioShack and Chiat\Day.
When asked for accolades, Derek responded, “I once made a room full of NFL players cry after seeing one of my campaigns.”
Joe started his career at Cole & Weber in Portland, Oregon where he created legendary campaigns for Doc Martens Shoes, The Oregonian and Klein Bikes. After winning a bucket-full of awards, he then traveled to San Francisco to learn from legendary ad men Jeff Goodby and Rich Silverstein. While at Goodby he helped launch “Got Milk?”, The Porsche Boxster, award-winning campaigns for Finlandia Vodka and Haggar. He returned to Oregon to work for Wieden+Kennedy. Under Dan, Dave, Susan and Jim Riswold’s guidance, he created campaigns for Nike, Diet Coke, Miller Brewing Company, Stamps.com, Powerade and Nike Latin America. Joe then moved to Amsterdam to run Vodafone and Powerade/Europe. At Chiat\LA, he was creative director of Nissan North America, Pepsi, Visa and Uncle Ben's Rice. Joe then opened his own agency in Austin, Texas—Blackboardco—with brands like Nike, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Tillamook Cheese, The State of New Mexico Tourism and Sylvania Auto Lights.
Natalie is VP, Strategy Director of Giant Spoon––a full-service advertising agency that focuses on the intersection of creative and media through the lens of culture. As the second hire in the agency’s LA office, Nathalie has climbed the ranks of its strategy team, where she first joined as a Strategist. Since then, her leadership acumen has been the driving force behind several of Giant Spoon’s major accounts, including: Uber, NBC, Old Navy, and others. She’s able to dissect brands with a real-time, cultural approach to understanding shifts, trends, and tensions in the marketplace, while making those insights actionable.
While at Giant Spoon, Nathalie has received numerous honors including being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Adweek’s Rising Star for 2017, and a Cynopsis Rising Star 2016.
Prior to joining Giant Spoon, Nathalie was a Strategic Planner at RPA, working on the Honda brand.
Paul considers himself lucky to have started his career as an art director at Cole & Weber. While there he grew a bad goatee, did a bunch of good work and spent his days and nights with some of the nicest and most talented people in the business.
Since then he’s gone on to lead some big agencies and start a very good small one. Before returning to his home town of Chicago, he worked at Goodby, Silverstein, Leo Burnett, and was a co-founder of Division of Labor, a two-time Advertising Age Small Agency of the Year.
In his career, he’s produced work that has been liked, loved, and even made into a book. After winning his first Rosey, he’s been fortunate to receive awards of all shapes and colors from Cannes, The One Show, CA, The Effies, and D&AD.