2019

Pat Giles

Creative Director, Danger Pigeon

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Pat Giles is a Creative Director and Animator working in TV, advertising, digital content, and rock concerts! Lead the creative assignments on some of the biggest brand icons in the world, including Lucky Charms, Green Giant, McGruff The Crime Dog, My Little Pony and the Trix Rabbit.

Pat was a designer on seven TV series including "Disney’s Doug," MTV’s “Daria," Disney Channel’s “STANLEY,” “JoJo’s Circus,” and “PB & J Otter,” CN’s “Sheep In Big City,” and “Codename: Kids Next Door.” Co-Creator of Sesame Studios web-series “Lili and Torto’s Opposite Show,” and Exec Producer of Starz web-series “Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon.”

He's currently working on “The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa,” coming to stages internationally in 2019.

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2019

Mike Lear

Executive Creative Director, EP+Co

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Luke Sullivan, Alex Bogusky and Mike Hughes have all hired Mike Lear. Mike’s career spans over 20 years. He’s produced global and national campaigns for MINI, Truth, IKEA, Virgin-Atlantic, Google, Molson, GEICO, UPS Nascar, Discover Card, American Cancer Society, Mentos, SiriusXM, Midas, The Smithsonian, The Onion and Microsoft.

Mike currently works under Con Williamson at EP+Co. in Greenville, SC, overseeing Denny’s, The UPS Store, Pilot Flying J and Strayer University. Mike also teaches. Three years at the Creative Circus in Atlanta, and over five years at VCU Brandcenter. He also frequently guest lectures at other schools. Mike’s work has been awarded in all major award shows, but he is most proud of winning one of the first One Show Pencils ever given for digital work, for the MINI Cooper Robot Campaign.

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March 2019

Veronica Wulff

Director of Media Production, International Social Impact

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Veronica Wulff, Director of Media Production, is responsible for the creative development and production of new and existing international properties at Sesame Workshop. Currently, Wulff is overseeing original Sesame Street productions in Bangladesh and India, as well as leading the production of the Workshop’s global multi-media initiative on financial empowerment. 

Over the last 20 years, Wulff has been with Sesame Workshop in various positions promoting childhood education, health and hygiene, and, respect and understanding around the globe. Having started in the Home Video department for the Workshop, Wulff has worked on a variety of domestic Sesame properties including Elmopalooza, an ABC primetime special. 

In addition to working on various international Sesame Street productions, Wulff has produced a line of Spanish language home videos for the Latin American market in the US and abroad, as well as an award-winning DVD series for the Jewish-American market. 

Wulff received her Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from the City University of New York’s Hunter College. 

April 2019

Chris Perkins

Managing Director, Bernstein Rein Advertising

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Chris joined Bernstein-Rein at the end of 2015 as the company’s first-ever Managing Director, relocating from New York City where he ran StrawberryFrog. He’s also worked at the venerable Hal Riney & Partners, Ogilvy, Arnold Worldwide and been CMO of Brand USA. He’s lived in 9 states and overseas leading campaigns that have run in over 100 countries and 20+ languages, earning EFFIEs, Cannes Lions, Addys and other notable awards.

He lives in Prairie Village Kansas with his wife Misti and teenage children, Arleigh and Brennan.

 

 

May 2019

Laurel Sutton

Co-Founder, Catchword Branding

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Laurel Sutton is a linguist, strategist, and co-founder of Catchword. Her love of language began with a BA in Linguistics at Rutgers University and continued in graduate school at UC Berkeley. She is an active member of the American Name Society and the Linguistic Society of America, and has appeared on numerous podcasts to talk about branding, including 99% Invisible.