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Meet the Jury

Judy John

managing partner, chief creative officer
Leo Burnett, Toronto

Judy John is managing partner, chief creative officer at Leo Burnett, Toronto, Canada. Three years into the business, John was Canada’s top copywriter according to Strategy Magazine’s cre-ative report card. Her agency experience ranges from small independent shops (TAXI and Roche Macaulay & Partners) to large multi-nationals (Chiat\Day, BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather) to running her own com-pany (Guerrilla TV). John joined Leo Burnett Toronto in 1999, as chief creative officer. Under her direction, the agency has won virtually every national and global award, including the first ever D&AD Black Pencil for a Canadian agency—and also the first for the digital category. When John isn’t working, she can some-times be found working at her daughter’s lemonade stand.

Lisa Bennett

chief creative officer, managing partner
DDB San Francisco

Lisa Bennett is chief creative officer, managing partner of DDB San Francisco. She joined DDB in 2003 and was challenged with putting the San Francisco office on the map creatively. Since her arrival, Bennett has brought new energy, focus and recognition to the agency’s creative product. The agency won its first Cannes Lion and has been recognized in just about every major award show. Raising the creative bar has helped Bennett attract a lot of talented, fun people to the agency. After graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Bennett started at Leo Burnett as an associate art director and rose quickly through the ranks. Throughout her career she has received numerous creative awards including Cannes, Clios, Communication Arts, Stephen E. Kelley Finalist and the New York Film Festival Gold.

Tony Calcao

vice president and creative director
Crispin Porter + Bogusky,

Tony Calcao has been with Crispin Porter + Bogusky for fourteen years. As vice president and creative director, he leads the teams behind Volkswagen. He was instrumental in launching CP+B’s “Truth” and MINI campaigns and created ads for Burger King, Giro, Shimano, Schwinn, Molson and Virgin Atlantic. Calcao is an enthusiastic leader and perennial award winner, receiving top honors from Andy, Cannes, Clio, D&AD, Kelly, The One Show, and featured in Archive, Communication Arts Annuals and many popular books on advertising. In college, Calcao played baseball for the University of Miami and aspired to play major league ball. He chose advertising instead and has since acquired a following of creative admirers, but his biggest fans are his daughter Chiara and son Caden.

Sonya Grewal

vice president/creative director
Y&R Chicago

Sonya Grewal is a vice president/creative director at Y&R Chicago. Currently she leads creative for Hilton Hotels, MGD 64 Beer and Doubletree Hotels. She has also worked on Miller Lite, Kenmore, Corona, Orbitz, Moen Faucets and Found magazine. Her work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, the London International Awards, the New York Festival and The One Show. A globalist with a penchant for international advertising trends, Grewal was born in England and lived most of her life in India, where she began her career as an art director at JWT New Delhi. She moved to Chicago eleven years ago landing at Cramer-Krasselt and then Ogilvy. Two of her most prized possessions are her passport and her Leica camera. A recent trip to Rwanda lived up to her challenge to find places that are Internet unfriendly and cell -phone towerless

Marcus Kemp

vice chairman and chief creative officer
BBDO Atlanta

Marcus Kemp is vice chairman and chief creative officer of BBDO Atlanta. Kemp was appointed to the newly created position in January, 2005. The goal of bringing Kemp on board was to make BBDO Atlanta a more significant contributor to BBDO’s overall North America business according to BBDO Atlanta president and CEO Chris Hall. Kemp joined the agency from Euro RSCG where he was worldwide creative director on Intel and a managing director. Earlier in his career, Kemp worked at NW Ayer Chicago, Chiat\Day Seattle, Ammirati Puris, keye/donna/pearlstein and Hal Riney & Partners. He has won virtually every major industry award including The Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, the Gold Lions at Cannes, Clios and One Show Pencils.

Ari Merkin

co-founder/chief creative officer

Ari Merkin is co-founder/chief creative officer of Toy New York and likes advertising a lot more than he should. At Crispin Porter + Bogusky, he was writer on Truth’s “Body Bags” campaign, IKEA’s “Lamp” spot and the launch of the MINI. As executive creative director of Fallon New York, he led the agency with work on Star-bucks Doubleshot (“Glen, Glen, Glen”), Time magazine (“Pendulum” billboard) and Virgin Mobile (“Chrismahanukwanzakah!”). At Toy, he created OfficeMax’s and “Sooo Relaxed” for Extended Stay Hotels. His award chest includes the Cannes Grand Prix, The One Show’s Best in Show, the Grand Clio and Communication Arts. Merkin has been a favorite on creative Top Ten lists and was recently one of Ad Age’s 40 under forty. When he’s not work-ing, well, he’s still working.¬¬

Jim Nelson

executive creative director
Carmichael Lynch

Jim Nelson, executive creative director, a sixteen-year veteran of Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has made a name for himself in the industry developing award-winning work for such clients as Harley-Davidson, Jack Links Beef Jerky, Coca-Cola, AG Edwards, Sierra Nevada Beer, Porsche, Rapala, Chris-Craft, First Alert, Tractor Supply Company, Gibson Guitars and many others. He has collected much hardware along the way, including Gold Cannes Lions, countless Stephen E. Kelly finalists and is seen regularly in Communication Arts Annuals and The One Show books. Nelson is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in journalism/marketing. His current ride is a 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail Night Train with Stage 1 air intake, Power Commander performance chip, Vance & Hines 2 into 1 Pro Pipe exhaust, Fat Boy leather tool-box, black powder coated engine guard, Evo style air cleaner cover and chrome oil temperature gauge. It is not for sale.

Randy Snow

corporate creative director
R&R Advertising Agency

Randy Snow, corporate creative director of R&R Advertising Agency in Las Vegas, is one of the few people he’s ever met who’s actually doing what he said he wanted to be doing when he was a kid and, even more rare, he’s been able to carve out a career in the ad busi-ness without having to leave his home state of Nevada. After receiving a journalism degree in 1976 from the University of Nevada at Reno, he took a job with a four-man agency in Reno. In 1980, he joined the Baker Group as an account executive and writer. In 1985 he joined DRGM in Reno as an asso