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Meet the Jury

Michael Ancevic

Senior Vice president, Creative director

Michael Ancevic is a senior vice president, creative director at Mullen in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he has helped shape the strategy and look of Mullen’s work for the last nine years. His television, print and interactive work has helped establish and build enduring campaigns for many of the agency’s brands. Ancevic began his career as an art director in Milwaukee and then headed West to McCann’s San Francisco office before joining Mullen. His work has been recognized with awards from all the major shows including Archive, Cannes, Communication Arts, London’s D&AD, Graphis, Hatch, The MPA Kelly Awards and The One Show.

John Butler

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.

Ian Grais


Ian Grais studied economics at the University of British Columbia then advertising at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, before joining Palmer Jarvis Vancouver in 1994 as an art director. During his six years at Palmer Jarvis, Grais won Cannes Lions, Clios and One Show Pencils. He was ranked the number one art director in the country for four years in a row, from 1997 to 2001. In 1999, Grais left Palmer Jarvis DDB to launch Rethink with his partner, Chris Staples. At last count, the ad agency had 57 employees and has continued to garner numerous national and international awards. In 2006, Strategy magazine ranked Grais and Staples the number one creative directors in Canada. Grais is also a regular guest speaker at Vancouver design schools counseling design and advertising students.

Elspeth Lynn

Partner, co-creative director

Elspeth Lynn, a graduate of McMaster University and Ontario College of Art & Design, is partner and co-creative director of zig, inc. in Toronto, Canada, an agency founded with Lorraine Tao and Andy Macaulay in 1999. Since then, zig has assembled an admirable client roster including IKEA, Molson, Unilever, W Network and Lavalife and also accumulated numerous awards from Applied Arts, The Bessies, Cannes, Clios, Communication Arts, D&AD, The Marketing Awards, New York Art Directors Club and The One Show. In 2006, the agency added Martin Beauvais, a creative director to enlarge their idea team.

Mike Malone

brand creative
The Richards Group

Mike Malone is currently a brand creative at The Richards Group, in Dallas, Texas where he’s been for 21 years. “Formally of Howard, Merrell & Partners, McKinney and Tracy Locke. Thrilled that I’ve avoided the coasts in my career. In my youth, I was a garbage man, caddy, barkeep, caterer, sports-writer, political fundraiser and a white-shirted, wing-tipped field rep for EDS, which is the only career advice I care to give: The real world is the best teacher there is. I was incredibly lucky to work for Mac Merrell, Chick McKinney, Harriet Frye and Mike Winslow and then dumb lucky to bump into Stan Richards. We’ve had more fun than you can imagine and made a huge difference for a lot of clients. Can’t ask for more than that. My biggest achievement, however, is four kids and a wife that manages to deal with all my eccentricities without batting an eye.”

David Oakley

founder and co-creative director

David Oakley is a founder and co-creative director of BooneOakley in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduation from University of North Carolina, Oakley moved to New York to start his advertising career and meet a hot girl. At Y&R, he achieved both goals: He became a copywriter and met his future wife, Claire. Then he went across the street to TBWA and worked on the Absolut campaign. After seven years in New York, he moved back to North Carolina and met partner John Boone. Together they opened a branch office of The Martin Agency in Charlotte and worked on Wrangler, Kellogg’s and WEND. Since starting BooneOakley in 2000, Oakley has worked on MTV, HBO, NASCAR, the Charlotte Hornets, Bloom and CARMAX. His work has been featured at Cannes, Communication Arts, The One Show and the OBIE’s, but the award he cherishes most is his 1973 Little League MVP.

Jonathan Schoenberg

creative director and partner
tda advertising & design

Jonathan Schoenberg is creative director and partner at tda advertising & design in Boulder, Colorado. At tda he enjoys working on Fox Racing Shox, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Thule, Jones Soda, General Electric, Cloudveil Mountain Apparel, Timberland, Bliss Ice Cream, SmartWool and Titus Bikes. His work has been recognized in The Athena Awards, Cannes, The Clios, Communication Arts, D&AD, New York Art Directors Club and The One Show. In his spare time he is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado and does his best to enjoy all the recreation that the residents of Boulder feel obliged to participate in, as often as possible.

Monica Taylor

creative director

Monica Taylor is a creative director at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, where she has worked on Old Spice, Powerade and Nike. Before joining Wieden in 1999, Taylor worked at Mullen Advertising in Wenham, Massachusetts, as an art director for Swiss Army and and at Houston Herstek Favat in Boston, Massachusetts, on Converse and a myriad of other accounts. A grad-u-ate of Syracuse University, she holds a BFA in advertising design, which makes her unfit for any employment other than the type she has. Her work has been recognized at Cannes, Communication Arts, D&AD and The One Show.