DON POGANYOwner and Creative Director
A communications and marketing veteran of 25 years, Don has been recognized around the world for excellence in creativity and effectiveness. His expertise includes writing and design for all media, branding, strategic planning, photography and directing. He led the teams that created the popular Budweiser Whassup and OfficeMax Rubberband Man campaigns. A winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and a three-time Emmy nominee, Don was once cited as the world’s most-awarded Creative Director by Boards magazine. An avid traveler and photographer, Don has presented at creative conferences around the world.
NAN XUIT Architect and Business Manager
Thoughtful and multi-talented, Nan is from Beijing, where she majored in English at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. She became a staff writer covering Chinese cultural and economic affairs at the Xinhua News Agency. Aside from being fluent in English and Mandarin, Nan also knows many other languages that are Greek to most people: Java, C#, XML, PL/SQL and anything else your computer understands. Nan moved to the U.S. in 1997 to earn an MBA in finance at Washington University and a Master of Information Systems Management degree from Carnegie Mellon. An avid reader, Nan enjoys anything about technology, business, news and culture.
WILLY SIONSArt Director and Designer
An easy-going yet extremely focused creative talent with outstanding agency credentials, Willy has worked primarily in advertising, action sports and the music industry, showcasing his ideas and experience in broadcast, interactive design, print and the latest emerging media. His work has led agencies like TBWA/Chiat Day, BBDO, Gyro Worldwide and DDB to his creative playground. Always on board to help the team, he also always wants to be on a board: he’s an old-time East Coast skateboarder and lifetime surfer. He’s also the man behind Errandboy, the eight-year-old wunderkind whose subversive musings and antics chop the adult world at its knees.
Aaron combines a great eye with a collaborative make-it-happen attitude to capture memorable and stylish images for commercials, documentaries, music videos, concerts, and events like SXSW. A graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in Film and Video Studies and Economics, Aaron’s early work included travel across the U.S. to film interviews for the United Auto Workers, as well as the John Kerry/John Edwards 2004 Presidential campaign. Since then, he has served as Director of Photography for companies like Motorola and Sundberg America, the Chicago Blackhawks, and musical artists like John Prine and Todd Rundgren.
STEVE JACKSONMarketing Consultant and Producer
Steve is President and Founder of Pell & Partners, a NY marketing, brand, and business development consultancy for clients in social media, 3D technologies, music marketing, sports television programming development, and e-commerce. Prior, Steve managed the Anheuser-Busch account for DDB in the U.S. and globally, for brands that included Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra, Busch Beer, new products and Busch Entertainment Corporation. A graduate of Williams College and Harvard University, Steve is the ultimate consumer of technology, entertainment, and world history.
ARTURO CUBACUBFilmmaker and Editor
A distinguished and prolific filmmaker, editor and technical pioneer, Arturo is also owner of production and post-production company i^3. Arturo’s state-of-the art studio allows i^3 to provide comprehensive services: filming, transfer, edit, color correction, effects, mix and IMAX/HD quality output — for a fraction of the time and cost of the more standard process. Throughout his career, Arturo has won numerous awards and received national recognition for technical and artistic achievement.
SARAH WEISCreative Director and Producer
A gifted writer, musician, performer, producer and interactive media developer, Sarah is Creative Director for i^3, where she also curates the company’s international art events. She holds a BFA in Musical Theater from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has written and starred in two films, including B-17: A Mini-Epic, which had been featured and highly touted in film festivals in Beijing, Melbourne and Berlin.
KATHLEEN JANICKBusiness Analyst and IT Consultant
A personable, intelligent and resourceful entrepreneur who can connect the dots across the globe, Kathleen is owner of Information Design Guild, which excels at business research and analysis, process analysis and information management. She has worked for many years on staff and as a consultant for UBS bank. In addition, Kathleen is also owner of Good Year Wines, a company near Bordeaux, France, that markets and exports wines from France, Argentina, and South Africa to China.
RYAN NIXIT Consultant
Ryan is the founder and CEO of Prometheon, a provider of open source software applications and cross platform IT system services, infrastructure management and website development. He is very business-focused and incredibly adept at helping companies find a better solution, and his client experience includes some of the largest advertising agency networks and education institutions. Ryan is also a Senior IT Consultant at Northwestern University.
MARK PEARSONRetail Specialist
A frequent partner with Sticky, Mark Pearson is a Senior Vice President at SolutionSet, a digital, direct, retail and database marketing company. He has worked for clients such as Sears, Kmart, Home Depot, Saks, Bloomingdale’s and JC Penney. Prior, Mark spent 21 distinguished years at Ambrosi & Associates in Chicago, where he helped build that leading retail advertising agency from 20 people to its peak of over 600. Mark is on the Board at The Retail Advertising & Marketing Association.
MARTY KOHRMarketing Consultant and Professor
A personable marketing communications specialist and client liaison with 34 years of experience at prestigious agencies like Hal Riney, Y&R, Leo Burnett and DDB, Marty is President of Kohr Communications, a marketing consultancy firm. Tapping into his vast multi-channel and multi-media experience with clients such as Anheuser-Busch, P&G, Heinz and The Chicago Tribune, Marty also teaches the Capstone business strategy class at the Medill School at Northwestern University.
ROBB BENNETTFlash and Interactive Designer
Owner of Visual 23 in Atlanta, Robb is a superb Flash programmer and interactive media developer. He was a landscape designer for 10 years before deciding to change careers, when he became a hermit for three years to master Flash design and animation. Robb has since won numerous awards for his skills. Proficient in anything that makes cool stuff happen on your computer, Robb also as a full-sleeve tattoo and a large collection of bonsai.
DJ WEBBArt Director and Designer
DJ is an incredibly likable Senior Art Director with vast experience in TV, print, interactive, alternative media, point-of-sale and consumer response marketing. His client experience includes AutoZone, Anheuser-Busch, AutoZone, Coca Cola Company, Midas, Miller Brewing Company, OfficeMax, State Farm and many others. DJ earned his Master’s Of Science degree from VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, VA, and is a former recipient of the Bill Bernbach Minority Scholarship.
CHALCEA PARKTalent Director
Chalcea is Director of Davie Brown Entertainment, where she manages celebrity talent negotiations, music licensing, sponsorships, intellectual property rights licensing, and special events. She has worked on behalf of clients such as Motorola, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch, Dell, Wrigley’s, P&G, T-Mobile, Ford, Macy’s, Capital One, McDonald’s, State Farm, JCPenney, Office Max, and Aquafina, and has brokered deals with George Clooney, Madonna, Donald Trump, Sheryl Crow, Rihanna, the Rolling Stones, Queen and David Bowie.
Kristian is an exceptional digital and fine illustrator with an instantly recognizable style. His work has been accepted into the Communication Arts Illustration Annual twice (America’s largest illustration competition), Canada’s Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Annual, and 3×3’s illustration annual. He has also been featured in MacUser, Computer Arts, and Taxi Design. In 2006 he was the cover artist for The Graphic Artists’ Guild’s Directory of Illustration #23.
TNOP WANGSILLAPAKUNGraphic Designer
Tnop is one of the world’s top graphic designers. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual communication and a Master’s degree in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia. Tnop began his career in advertising at J. Walter Thompson and TBWA in Bangkok. He moved to the U.S. to become a graphic designer at Segura, Inc. Tnop’s client experience includes Nike, MTV and DC Comics. He currently has his own design studios in Chicago and Bangkok.
JOAO “JOHN” FERREIRAMusician and Entrepreneur
John is owner of Genuine Music & Sound Design, Chicago, and its hermana in Tulum, Mexico, Musica Genuina. Born in South Africa to Portuguese parents, John went to Europe at the age of 17 and began playing in bands across Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. After arriving in the U.S. in 1990, he wrote and produced for Universal Studios in Orlando before stints in NY, Nashville and finally Chicago, where he started his studio. Landed a weekly gig with ESPN Sports Center, where every Sunday night he and his crew would cut a new track saluting that day’s NFL action. His music reflects his live performance, rooted-heritage. He invests heavily in “real” sound.
AAMER GHAFFARMobile and Enterprise Specialist
Aamer’s companies ViralMesh and JavaDive are pioneers in mobile software and image recognition technology. He has worked with clients across the globe, and has expertise in the development and implementation of software, applications and networking solutions for individuals to enterprises. Aamer has helped major brands improve brand presence and drive sales in the mobile space. He has been involved in research work on multimedia encryption and transcoding projects.
Paul has received numerous national and international awards for his photographic work. His clients include major advertising agencies, record companies, and corporations. He has photographed AC/DC, Billy Corgan, Jennifer Hudson, Ministry, Willie Nelson, Trent Reznor, Luciano Pavarotti, and Oprah Winfrey. His work has appeared in Audubon, Fast Company, Life, Men’s Health, People, Rolling Stone, Time, and Wired. Paul’s book Luna Bella Luna chronicles the people of Vesale, Italy. He has also directed music videos and TV commercials, and teaches at The Santa Fe Workshops.
ADAM KAPLANBrand Steward and Entrepreneur
Adam has over 20 years of agency and marketer experience in integrated marketing communications. He has created national image and promotional campaigns for companies and brands like Midas, American Express, Burger King, Hyatt, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Quaker Oats. His communications expertise extends from national multi-million dollar television campaigns to social media launches, with agency experience in media, research, account planning, and account management. As a marketer, he has launched three boutique hotel brands, an online financial services brand, and a technology start-up companies.