Creative advertising veterans Patrick Murray and Mike Payer have joined Johnson & Sekin as the agency’s newest Creative Directors. With more than 30 years of experience, both award-winning leaders possess a wealth of knowledge and a handful of coveted Super Bowl spots. More importantly, the two seasoned creatives bring a commitment to producing stellar work and leading with heart.

“It was only natural that Patrick and Mike would one day join our team. We have a long history and know they have always shared our passion for building brands with purpose,” said Chris Sekin, Owner/Partner/ECD at Johnson & Sekin. “Our agency has proven to be resilient, even during a global pandemic, because we hire like-minded people.”

Murray has worked the last 30+ years as an Art Director and Creative Director at The Richards Group in Dallas. His impressive roster of client experience spans multiple industries and includes brands such as Bridgestone, The Home Depot, USA Today, Hummer, Hyundai, HEB and TXU Energy. Murray’s passion for cars and creating art extend beyond his clients and career as a hobbyist mechanic and guitarist.

“I have admired Johnson & Sekin and the innovative work that comes out of it for many years,” said Murray. “I love that the agency puts their clients first and aligns with brands that do the same.”

Although Payer has been a Creative Director for more than two decades—his favorite title has always been Copywriter. He spent the last 17 years writing ads for brands such as The Home Depot, Jeep, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Patrón, Ram Trucks, Comcast and TGI Friday’s at The Richards Group, as well. Prior to that, Payer worked at agencies such as Square One and Second Shift.

“Johnson & Sekin has a commitment to producing great work,” said Payer. “More than that, they believe the best brands have a bigger reason for being. They truly want to help good companies succeed beyond the bottom line. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

With the addition of Murray and Payer, J&S has formed a third creative group to better position the agency for growth and serve client needs. As longtime friends of the two, owners Kent Johnson and Chris Sekin feel more than comfortable with the team as they hit the ground running to create beautiful work, mentor teammates and drive change for our clients.