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Mar212012

376. Next. 

I don't normally announce things like this on the blog but I thought it appropriate this time. On March 28th, I will be taking a position at Moses Anshell in Phoenix as Vice President and Creative Director. Moses Anshell has a history of crafting award-winning work, being a proudly independent shop, and building long-term client relationships. Louie Moses is also a great person and creative for whom to work—a lot of my professional development is due to his mentorship as I was lucky enough to work at MA back in 2003-2005 as Associate Creative Director. I am thrilled about rejoining them, this time as a partner. I do believe we will be creating our own unique version of the agency of the future. It's an exciting venture. Worthwhile. Challenging. And one that you will be hearing much more about over the coming weeks, months and years. (And if you know anything about Louie, what you will be hearing will probably take the form of some rather good music.) I can't wait to begin.

However every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. (Who sang that?) And it is not without a heavy heart that I'm leaving the friendly confines of the old Gossage Firehouse on 451 Pacific. Engine Company 1 is a wonderful place to work and is filled with some of the nicest and most talented folks I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. I am grateful to have been in the position to learn from not just one but three amazing Creative Directors: Grant Richards, Scott Aal, and Vince Engel. Any success I may find in my new venture will be from observing these guys at work. If I can succeed and be half as kind, gracious, and classy as these guys I will consider that a win. If there are any talented creative folks reading this, you could hardly do better than trying to get in here. Most likely you'll find it a far more rewarding experience than other agencies out there can offer. (And you'll be able to say you were there when, when the rest of the world figures this out.) I know I'm leaving them in good hands, on good terms and on the brink of big things. They are my friends and I will miss them all.

Right now, I am overwhelmed with an awareness of how lucky I am to have the opportunity that lies ahead of me. And how lucky I am for having had the one behind me as well. A true embarrassment of riches if there ever was one.

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As a side note, MA will be hiring a writer soon. We're looking for someone with a few years experience. Enough to know what you're doing, but not enough that you've lost the desire to prove it. Obviously you must be willing to travel the road less taken, ala Phoenix, and have a strong desire to do the best work of your career. You'll be rewarded with a great place to work, wonderful mentors, good projects and plenty of opportunity. If you are swayed by the big lights of Manhattan or the easy money of big agency holding companies, it's probably not the best fit. If on the other hand you have a bit of a rebellious streak, let's talk. Just send me your portfolio and info via the contact us link in the column on the right. Those with a diverse background, ethnicity, orientation, and education—but also mindset—are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Reader Comments (3)

Congratulations on your new job and life in Phoenix. Your gracious blog post speaks volumes about the people you surround yourself with - past, present, and future.
March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Cook-Tench
Congrats on the new opportunities that lie ahead. It was a pleasure to connect with you, if only for a short moment, through Dean's referral. All the best!
March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Jordan
Not a place I'd picture you revisiting. However, LUX has expanded :) Don't forget to escape the valley once in a while and take in the rest of the state. Safe travels and best wishes.
April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea Winkel

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