executive creative director and founding partner
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
John Butler is the executive creative director and a founding partner of Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, a thirteen-year-old agency hybrid in Sausalito, California. In the business for longer than some of his employees have been alive, at one time or other he has walked the halls of McCann-Erickson, J. Walter Thompson, Chiat\Day and Goodby, Berlin & Silverstein. While working at Chiat, Butler met his partner of eighteen years, Mike Shine. The pair moved West for senior positions at Goodby, meeting partner Greg Stern, and in 1993 they opened BSSP. BSSP is home to four like-minded marketing companies, the founding BSS, Gargantua Design, Influx Brand Consulting and SFI, the interactive arm. Their current client list includes MINI, Converse, Sun Microsystems and LucasArts. Butler is a former One Club President, and currently resides in San Rafael, California, with his wife, daughter and a 120-pound bull mastiff who sounds like Chewbacca with a hangover.