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Meet the Jury

Mike Caguin

executive creative director

As executive creative director of Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mike Caguin has helped transform the agency from a quiet, conservative ad shop in the burbs, into a vibrant, creatively driven and nationally-recognized agency in downtown Minneapolis. Under his leadership, C+M has been recognized both nationally and internationally in the industry's most revered award shows including Communication Arts, The One Show, the Webby Awards, Cannes, Graphis, AIGA and the Effies. Prior to becoming C+M's creative leader, Caguin worked at shops large and small and from coast to coast, including Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and TBWA\Chiat\Day. Besides advertising, running, cycling and triathlon are passions for Caguin. He's completed eight marathons, an Ironman and commutes year-round by bike.

James Clunie

creative director (art)
BBDO New York

James Clunie is a creative director (art) at BBDO New York. Over the last seven years, he has produced work for HBO, the Economist, eBay, AT&T, FedEx, Havaianas, Red Stripe, Special Olympics and Smart Car. Prior, Clunie worked in Minneapolis and Boston. In addition to ten One Show pencils, he's won gold, silver and bronze at Cannes, The Andys, New York Art Directors Club and The Clios. He's also received silver nominations from the America-hating D&AD. In 2008, he was named the most-awarded art director in the US by "The Big Won", which tallies performance from all the shows. Clunie has sat on juries for the D&AD, The One Show, The Clios, The New York Art Director's Club, Communication Arts, AICP, The London International Awards, The ADCC (Canada) and others.

Jim Haven

co-founder/co-executive creative director

Jim Haven co-founded Creature in 2002 and serves as co-executive creative director of the agency. His role is not just to keep the Creature perspective on the work, but to energize and enable the agency to think in new ways. Before founding Creature with Matt Peterson, he had years of copywriting experience that took him from Portland to San Francisco and Amsterdam to Seattle. Haven has diverse array of brand experiences with virtually every brand category imaginable and contributed to an extensive client list. He still likes to write whenever possible and is searching the world in order to find the perfect pizza.

Tina Johnson

brand creative group head
The Richards Group

Tina Johnson is a brand creative group head at The Richards Group in Dallas, Texas. For the past thirteen years, she has been on a world tour of some of the best agencies in the biz including Fallon, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Cliff Freeman, Wieden+Kennedy (in both the Portland and New York City offices) and, most recently, The Richards Group. Johnson has done award-winning advertising for clients such as Nike, ESPN, Prodigy, and Little Caesar's Pizza. At The Richards Group, her responsibilities have included Nortel, CompUSA and Hyundai. It was her new title of mommy that spurred Johnson to move back to Texas in 2003 to join the rest of her family. When she's not busy writing ads, Johnson enjoys entertaining her two girls, Hudson and Scout.

Helen Pak

executive vice president/co-executive creative director
Saatchi & Saatchi, Canada

Helen Pak is executive vice president, co-executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi, Canada. Prior to being an award-winning creative director, Pak was a Governor General award-winning architect. Her multidisciplinary background and passion for great design and integrated branding has helped shape her advertising career of over sixteen years. Pak has worked at many agencies including Taxi, JWT, Ogilvy and as creative director at Strawberryfrog in Amsterdam where she helped shape global relaunches for clients including Pharmacia Upjohn and for media giant, Hachette Filipacchi. Before joining Saatchi & Saatchi Canada, Helen was part of the global team for the highly recognized Dove campaign for Real Beauty, helping launch Dove products in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Chuck Rachford

creative director
DDB Chicago

Chuck Rachford is a creative director at DDB Chicago. He was born and raised in Michigan and spent the first few years of his life living in a lighthouse. This is one of the many interesting tidbits with which he likes to bore houseguests and neighbors. There are others: He attended Grand Valley State University. Over half of his wardrobe is from production companies and shoots. He's currently the CD on Bud Light, a position that has earned recognition from some highly regarded shows, as well as a few less regarded, and then a whole bunch he doesn't even think exist. But he's trying not to dwell on that as he has three wonderful kids who think those trophies are real. And that's what really matters.

KT Thayer

creative director

KT Thayer is a creative director at Vitro in San Diego. Probably best known for his work on Taylor Guitars, Newcastle Brown Ale and ASICS, KT's nine-year tenure at Vitro began as a writer working on iconic brands like Yamaha Watercraft, Baskin Robbins and Cobra Golf. Prior to Vitro, Thayer worked as a copywriter at Big Bang Idea Engineering and holds a BS in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MS in advertising from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mark Wenneker

chief creative officer

Mark Wenneker is the chief creative officer for Mullen in Boston, Massachusetts. After three years of working on cars and lingerie at The Martin Agency, Wenneker headed west to work at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. During his nine years at Goodby he worked on HP, Hyundai, Comcast, Doritos, Budweiser and Saturn. Finally, he got the nine-year itch and after hearing that Mullen was moving out of the woods and into Boston he thought maybe something cool could happen there. Over the next three years he has been pitching, restructuring and helping lead the agency to rack up such wins as Zappos, FAGE, JetBlue and Barnes & Noble, as well as getting the number three slot in AdAge's Agency of the Year list and earning recognition in Fast Company as the "4th most Innovative Marketing Company" in the world alongside companies like Google Labs and Ford.