A Message from Chris & Kent

Hello Friends and Neighbors—

Here at J&S, we’re doing our part to flatten the curve. We’re working from home until the CDC gives the all clear. In the meantime, we’ll be communicating with each other and with each of you on email, text, Skype, Slack, FaceTime, MS Teams and good old-fashioned phone calls. We’re checking in on each other, clients, partners and friends. Sharing ideas, offering support, reassuring anxieties and sharing hand sanitizer.

We’re ready for this challenge. Kim Flores, our Director of Happiness, is on a mission to make sure we – and our clients – all have the support and the services we need for our professional and personal needs and for our emotional wellbeing.

So how are you? How are your teams? How can we help? During these extraordinary times we know you might have a question or a special challenge that needs immediate attention. We’re here to offer advice, provide quick turn creative ideas and connect you with resources. We’re not worried about billable hours right now. We just want to make sure our community and friends have every resource they need to be safe and ready to flourish when this challenge has passed.

Shakespeare wrote King Lear while quarantined. We can’t wait to see what creative genius comes next!


Hire Education: Judging the National Student Show

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…


Emily Florio Joins J+S as Director of Data & Insights

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!.




New Faces, New Spaces in 2019

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.

Serving is the Greatest Good

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

More than $225,000 Raised to Fight MS

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.