Spending two days locked in a warehouse with strangers sounds like the beginning of a horror movie, but it was actually the makings of a fantastic weekend.
The Dallas Society of Visual Communications invited Creative Director Krista McCrimmon, along with photographer Christina Childress, illustrator Laura Freeman, and designers Trevor Bassett and Devin O’Bryan, to judge the best-of-the-best student design work for the National Student Show & Conference. The judging team ultimately awarded the students more than $20,000 in scholarships and cash prizes.
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone at OK Paper (and their not-actually-terrifying warehouse), the DSVC and the NSSC for the opportunity to participate, as well as the chance to scope some stellar talent. Check this space for new hires in 3…2…
With 2020 in full swing, Kaylee Geiser’s career trajectory is on the upswing. It comes as no surprise that, after only a year of kicking ads and taking names on accounts like Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, the 12th Man Foundation, the Dallas Zoo and Local Hive honey, her industry knowledge and brand dedication have resulted in a promotion to Account Executive. Keep killin’ it, Kaylee!
Emily Florio, our new Director of Data & Insights, comes to us after 15+ years as VP, Strategy & Marketing Communications at JCPenney. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in brand strategy and research consultancy, and a wealth of unapologetically bold opinions that keep us on our toes. A longtime friend of the agency, we’re thrilled for Emily to finally be an official member of J+S. Welcome to the team!.
Within the last year, Johnson & Sekin has hired nearly 20 new employees and expanded its office space by about 2200 square feet. From inspired creatives to exceptional account service and everything in between, the agency size has grown to around 50 people—and two office floors—and shows no signs of stopping. With each new hire bringing different levels of skill and knowledge from industries, positions and experiences prior, the agency is constantly evolving and growing to tell each of our clients’ brand stories even better than before.
Wonderful Machine featured our friend and photographer Terri Glanger’s work on the agency’s St. Jude Campaign for Chili’s. As Terri says, “I love when it’s a team effort, and I feel like the warmth of the whole team made the kids feel as comfortable as any child could.”
No need to grab the tissues; the work will put a smile on your face, as it celebrates the joy and optimism the kids bring to everyone around them.
The greatest gift is being able to give back. We ended the year clocking some hours prepping and serving lunch for patrons of Dallas’ homeless outreach center (and our downtown neighbors) The Stewpot. The Stewpot is the sole meal provider of The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, which serves 1,000 meals a day, seven days a week, to homeless and underprivileged Dallas residents.
If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up at this link: https://thestewpot.org/meal-services-volunteering
Check out this only-slightly-inebriated interview on AdChat DFW with creative partners Bryce Morgan and Carlos Flores as they briefly discuss the thought process behind the 202 Dallas Addy’s theme: Must Love Ads.
To work at J&S in any capacity, you have to be creative. So while it’s unusual for someone in Account Service to move to the creative department, Brooke Battersby’s love of – and talent for – writing couldn’t hide behind a stack of invoices. Please join us in congratulating Brooke as she hangs up her proverbial Account Executive suit and takes on the role of Copywriter.
For the sixth consecutive year, Johnson & Sekin produced a suite of creative for Meat Fight, a non-profit organization whose various BBQ competitions raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Each year’s events get bigger, better and more elaborate, and 2019 was no exception, with the meaty main event raising more than $225,000 for people living with MS.
The infamous entity began in 2010 after founder Alice Laussade’s brother was diagnosed with MS. Since 2010, Meat Fight has donated over $1.7 million to the National MS Society.