With a BA in English from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, I'm a product of the best in public education and the most expensive in private education.
I'm also an alumnus of the Portfolio Center before it gave birth to all the ad schools that now promise everyone a shot at glory turning art into a capitalist tool. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Some of my advertising work has been inducted into the archives of the NY MOMA by the AICP.
Past clients include: Nokia, Kmart, BellSouth, Unisys, Dove, Dupont, Verizon, 21st Century Insurance, Eidos (publisher of Lara Croft and Legacy of Kain), Abovenet, AT&T, Safeway, PG&E, Pandesic (an Intel/SAP company), Sprint, SquareSoft (Final Fantasy), The St. Paul Company, Cub Foods.
Other jobs I've had: bookstore manager, horse farm grunt, journalist, waiter, pizza boy, dishwasher, ditch-digger, video store clerk.
Finally, I hate titles.
For a closer look at my professional background, here's a link to my LinkedIn profile. Go now.
BONUS — 18 non-fiction books I recommend:
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Shift by Chip and Dan Heath
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Truth, Lies, and Advertising by Jon Steel
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Googled by Ken Auletta
Paul Rand: A Designer’s Art by Rand Paul
Bill Bernbach’s Book by Bob Levinson
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Hey Whipple, Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan
Good Days and Mad by Dick DeBartolo
Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins
Improvisational Games for the Theatre by Viola Spolin
Cut‘n’Mix by Dick Hebdige
Tattoos on the Heart by Greggory Boyle
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
The Call of Stories by Robert Coles