I CHOSE AVERIA AS MY HEADLINE TYPEFACE after falling in love with its origin story. Its designer, Dan Sayers, created it by ‘averaging’ all his existing fonts. This perfectly represents how I’m the product of the people I’ve worked with. From CEOs to interns, I’m blessed to have met so many who’ve taught me so much. And now you can meet them too.



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Agency Heads



Nancy | TBWA

The best part of my TBWA years were my ‘Nancy meetings’. The sharpest, most lucid brain I’ve ever worked with.
Merlee | DM9

She built a place where you could do the best work of your life. The entire infrastructure was built to get great ideas produced.
Jasel | Forward, ex-AKQA

I was blessed that Jasel was my MD when I first made CD. I witnessed how a leader creates instant impact and executes a turnaround.
John | Publicis, ex-BBH

Taught me the most important lesson: Kindness. He let me learn from—rather than pay for—my mistakes. Showed me the work can get even better if I became a better man.



Mentors



Fred | FF Founder

To this day, I can’t believe I got mentored by a bona fide legend, and that he trusted me to run his department. My most transformative career experience.
Tim | Droga5

Soul is the quality I love most in the work, so I’m beyond fortunate to be working with the most soulful CCO in the business.
Al | TBWA, ex-WK

My chief writing and film mentor. He didn’t just rewrite my copy—he rewrote my entire source code, making me more rigorous and considered.
Andrew | DDB, ex-Saatchi

The biggest break of my career was when Andrew—an early Droga protegé—became my ECD. Over a 4-year apprenticeship, he taught me everything I know.



Partners



Ricard | Lowe, ex-TBWA

Greatest partner I’ve ever had. Best creative I’ve ever worked with. More than anyone, he taught me how to be an ECD.
Bastien | Droga5, ex- TBWA

My longtime partner at TBWA. One of the biggest breaks of my career. Every day I learned something new. Craft. Concept. Creative direction.

Carlos | Droga5, ex-AKQA

Best pure AD I’ve ever met. Doesn’t just work in every style and medium, he’s the ultimate craftsman in every single one.
Bibs | DM9

My first partner. Learned how no solo creative will ever beat a strong team. We won 20+ Grand Prix together, and it’s been a thrill seeing him #staywinning.



Creatives



JB | FF

The best at finding big ideas in the smallest things.
Joe | AKQA, ex-FF

The consummate pro.
Tom | ex-PARTY

He just gets the internet.
Marjorie | JL, ex-TBWA

Epitome of immaculate French craft.


Ashley | W+K, ex-TBWA

Best part of being a CD is working with senior teams. And Ashley + Holden is one of the best I’ve ever worked with.
Holden | W+K, ex-TBWA

Their scripts are the Glengarry Leads. They’re the ultimate closers.
Gaston | BBH

Gaston & Omar are one of those duos you just know will be famous CCO-founders one day.
Omar | BBH

Their US experience armed them for real work on big brands, while their awardy background gave it conceptual rigor.


Jason | Nike, ex-AKQA

Smartest person I ever managed. Challenged me non-stop, which made me so much tougher.
Pierrick | ex-FF

Classic French craft meets hypermodern sensibilities.
Pete | BBDO, ex-FF

Was awesome and humbling seeing Thai creativity firsthand. Born leader.
Sarah | Leo Burnett

Most naturally gifted single-visual thinker I ever worked with. 30+ ideas per review, all killer, no filler.


Denise | BBH

Loved how she drew inspiration from less expected sources—luchadors, BDSM, burlesque, to name a few.
Kara | BBH

Most fearless writer I ever met. Led Hyper Court copywriting despite never having followed basketball.
Sonali | Ogilvy, ex-FF

Fascinating hybrid style : East meets West, Classical meets Digital, Story meets System.
Tin | Wunderman

What I could become if only I were 100x sharper and faster and fiercer.


Matteo | ex-BBH

Fastest learner you ever saw. Hustler you need on every project. Natural taste.
Zac | MAL, ex-BBH

Did it all: wrote code, built hardware, etc. Pulled overnight 3D job to save Unlimited Stadium.
Dillah | BBH

Best I ever met at 1) pure pop-culture driven ideas 2) Getting shit done.
Chelsea | MAL, ex-AKQA

Youngest I ever managed, but among those who taught me the most. Did digital activation that’s conceptually brilliant AND kids-would-actually-do.



Belen | TBWA

Most talented intern I’ve ever seen. I genuinely hope to one day partner with her.
Grace | BBH

My proudest moment was seeing Grace and Jereek—both 18 then—fearlessly take on the massive project that was Hypercourt.
Jereek | BBH

My second proudest moment was when they won their first D&AD Pencils for it.
Sam | TBWA

No surprise he’s already won Yellow Pencil. Simple, pure ideas. Huge heart.



Production



Joel | ︎, ex-AKQA

I’m beyond lucky I was mentored on digital production by the best in business.
Karim | BETC, ex-FF

Again lucked out, to have had the BETC Global Head of Film as my film production mentor.
Sam | BBH

Never met another producer who lived up to the title like Sam. She just produced.
Aurora | FF

Still don’t know how Aurora never said no, yet always delivered working builds on time and within budget.




Client Service



Sid | BBH

My partner on Nike. The GOAT. If client service were a sport, he’s the generational talent who has it all—will, skill, smarts, savvy, leadership, and disdain for anything less than a championship.
Kate | ex-AKQA

No one knows money like Kate. In a year, we grew Budweiser to the agency’s second largest account.
Guillaumeex-FF

It was revelatory working with an account director with so much more taste and culture than I’ll ever have.
Junnis | RGA, ex-Saatchi

Working with your spouse rarely works out. But she really is the best AD I’ve ever worked with. Taught me poise, strategy, presenting and defending work, building genuine relationships with client, and just being a better person.