Mark has logged in over 20 years honing his skills in the advertising world by observing, learning, crafting, questioning and learning even more. He's been able to do a lot of it at shops and for people that have been pivotal in shaping the advertising and communications landscape both in the US and internationally.
He’s helped launch several new brands and products that have both contributed to both brand and agency success. His launch campaign for the Nissan Xterra showed the big stuffy SUV market that there was room for a new player and was awarded the Grand Effie that year. Additionally, his work on the Verizon/Motorola Droid helped dethrone iPhone as the only top selling mobile device on the market and helped put Google’s Android operating system in the hands of millions helping it to be named Time Magazine’s Gadget of the Year. During those times, both agencies were named agency of the year twice in three years.
Experiences like those as well as the hundreds of others throughout his career, has helped his ability to distill and direct a compelling message and couple it with an engaging execution. His work has been awarded some of the industry’s most respected creative competitions; Cannes, The One Show, Communication Arts, the ADDYs, International ANDY’s, Clios, even an Emmy from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. But he's most proud that he's received high praise about his work from his parents and their mahJongg playing friends.
As a Group Creative Director, he has managed various sizes of businesses, brands, and teams, from pro bono to $500 million. He's helped shepherd in a new crop of creatives into the business by overseeing and helping guide their work. He's held key roles in several new business wins and has helped ignite explosive agency growth. Most recently as a freelance creative director/writer, he’s been able to get back into the trenches by working on different briefs with new and fresh talent at a diverse roster of agencies both in the States and in Europe.
This has led to him giving his own agency a shot. In 2015, he created a small project based digital content studio under the name of Gypsies Tramps +Thieves. This venture helps brand small new start ups in the digital sphere by helping companies with a purpose find a voice. As Creative Director as well as "face of the agency", he leads all efforts from branding to website concepts/design/production, as well as strategic communication platform planning and development.
When he's not freelancing or working on GTT projects, Mark enjoys golf, cooking for whomever is hungry, enjoying time with others, and writing about himself in the third person.