Jury

2018 Jury Members

The NYF® Midas Awards are judged online by award winning Directors, Producers, Writers, Reporters, Creative Directors, Program Directors, and various other industry experts from across the globe who volunteer their time.

USA
Keith Gormley
Vice President of Social Media Prudential Financial
ABOUT

Keith Gormley

Keith is the Vice President of Social Media for Prudential Financial, where he has managed the award winning Prudential social media program since December, 2012. A graduate of Emerson College (B.A) in Boston and Pepperdine University (M.A.) in California, Keith has helped brands large and small over his 15+ year career to use both traditional and new media to connect with audiences and reach their business goals. Recently named to the Brand Innovators 40 under 40 class of 2017, Keith's social media team has taken home 4 Midas trophies (3 Gold, 1 Silver) in the last four years. He is also a dad of two young boys, trying his best to raise Red Sox fans in New York City.

Austrailia
Dylan Taylor
Creative Partner thedylanagency
ABOUT

Dylan Taylor

I spent my first 10 years as a copywriter. The next twelve as a Creative Director. Two years as an Executive Creative Director. One year as a Managing Partner. Now six years as Agency Partner in my own shop. Worked across three continents. Won over 300 Awards. Part of the B&T Agency of the Decade team. The first Australian awarded the Irving Wunderman Award for lifetime achievement at the 30th Caples Award Show. In the same year, I was also named Australian Direct Marketer of the Year.

USA
Bob Renock
Creative Director and Brand Manager Old National Bank
ABOUT

Bob Renock

Bob Renock was born into the advertising world, with a mother in media buying, his love of creating was nurtured by the creative department of a local ad agency. Fast forward to 2014, after nearly a decade of running an agency, Bob was offered the position of Creative Director and Brand Manager for Old National Bank. Bob's work has netted Emmy nominations, Addy, Telly, ABA, Midas awards and a sweet collection of tour laminates, but the great friends made in the world of entertainment and advertising, makes the continuing battle against the "mediocrity mindset" all worth it.

USA
Kaydee Bridges
Vice President, Digital & Social Media Strategy
Brand & Content Strategy Group
Goldman Sachs
ABOUT

Kaydee Bridges

@kaydeebird
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaydeeb

Kaydee is a Vice President in the Brand and Content Strategy group at Goldman Sachs where she heads up digital marketing, social media, and marketing analytics. She has worked at Goldman Sachs since 2013 where she leads efforts to manage and grow the firm's digital and social presence as well as drive engagement through content marketing and advertising. Kaydee manages Goldman's paid media, social media, search engine marketing, infographic creation, and digital analytics. Her work has won several awards from Midas, Digiday Content Marketing Awards, NewsCred, and the Financial Communications Society.

Previously, Kaydee was at JPMorgan Chase for 10 years, most recently as Vice President, Digital and Social Strategy in the Digital Marketing Group. She executed a number of projects including launching the @ChaseforBiz twitter handle, digital efforts for the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, and US Open digital activation for Chase.

Kaydee also worked in JPMorgan Chase's Global Philanthropy group, where in 2009 she launched and led the firm's first presence on Facebook, Chase Community Giving, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program which donated over $30 million to thousands of charities. Kaydee joined JPMorgan Chase as part of the First Scholars Program.

Kaydee earned an MBA in Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BSFS in International Politics from Georgetown University.

USA
Andreas Baumert
Group Creative Director KBS
ABOUT

Andreas Baumert

I'm an NJ based, NYC working, Old-Bay season loving, group creative director at kbs+ with a background in art direction and design. Fluent in German and before advertising life I was a musician.

Aside from online advertising and TV, I've worked on social, mobile, websites, experiential, events, OOH, print, radio, direct mail, apps, and whatever else you could think of.

Over the years, I've worked on a diverse group of clients including Vanguard, Amex, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Windstream, Vonage, Samsung, LG, JBL, Harman Kardon, ESPN, Adidas, Victoria's Secret, HomeGoods, Prestige Brands, Hershey, TE Connectivity, and yes, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

UAE
Tahaab Rais
Regional Head of Strategy Office & MENA Director Truth Central, FP7/McCann MENA
ABOUT

Tahaab Rais

Born in August 1984, Tahaab's first word was "Astronaut". In February 1986, he skipped walking and started running. In November 1994, he watched a movie that changed his life: Forrest Gump. It taught him how to make an ordinary life, legendary. Just like Baby's Day Out. In August 1997, he met Mr. Adolescence through a myriad of regrettable haircuts (Spock, Elvis, Wolverine). In September 2002, he wrote poetry and hasn't stopped writing since. In June 2005, he learnt to add a little Bollywood to his creative job; some drama in presentations, sharing a romance with ideas and using self-deprecating comedy to keep his spirits up.

Since 2012, he leads the strategy office for FP7 (A part of McCann Worldgroup) across MENA, focusing on creative marketing, brand and connections strategy. He's the MENA Director for Truth Central – an intelligence platform and also manages creative excellence across MENA.

Tahaab has been ranked the #1 Strategy Head in the world by the Big Won Rankings in 2016, and is the most awarded strategist in MENA having won over 300 awards across Effies, Warc, Dubai Lynx, Cannes Lions, New York Festivals, D&AD, One Show, Clios, The International ANDYs and Crestas, among others. He has also helped the agency drive efforts that led to FP7 being ranked the Most Effective Agency in the World at the Global Effie Index, as well winning Agency and Network of the Year four years running, from 2013 to 2016. He has judged at the Effies and at Midas Awards, previously too.

Austrailia
Mike Spirkovski
Chief Creative Officer Saatchi & Saatchi Austrailia
ABOUT

Mike Spirkovski

Mike is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi Australia. He also sits on the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board as well as the Worldwide Toyota Creative Leadership Team. Mike's career spans 17 years in the industry. During this time, he creatively lead other agencies like Clemenger BBDO, Droga5 and Leo Burnett. He even founded his own creative company Cassius Clay.

In 2015, under his creative leadership, Saatchi & Saatchi was awarded Australia's best Campaign of the Year at the AdNews Awards. This followed by best car ad in the world at the One Show Automotive Awards and in the same year opened a new Saatchi & Saatchi agency in Melbourne.

In 2016 Saatchi & Saatchi was awarded back-to-back Gold at Cannes along with Australia's only prestigious Innovation Lion, making Saatchi & Saatchi Australia the only agency in the world to have won 2 consecutive Innovation Lions.

During his career Mike has been highly awarded for both creativity and effectiveness. His most proud moment was earning the rare Cannes Titanium Lion for his Earth Hour initiative, which was cited in the Gunn Report as "the best 360 campaign ever", and is now a globally recognised brand with billions of supporters worldwide.

Mike is also a very keen DIYer, so much so, that in 2015 he took this to a new level, when he delivered his own son Max without any medical assistance.

Germany
Torsten Pollmann
Executive Creative Director Havas Germany
ABOUT

Torsten Pollmann

Starting his career as a copywriter at Grey, BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, Torsten is working since 2017 as Executive Creative Director at Havas Worldwide.

With ideas for Telekom, Deutsche Bank, Citroën, Toyota, Toys'R'us and others, Torsten has been awarded at advertising festivals like ADC, Cannes, Clio, LIA and New York Festivals.

Torsten is a member of the Art Directors Club for Germany, a Master of Arts and Martial Arts.

South Africa
Tom Cullinan
Founder and Creative Partner CULLINAN
ABOUT

Tom Cullinan

A highly regarded and awarded Creative Partner. Tom is the Founder and Creative Partner of CULLINAN. Previously the Creative Partner of Finweeks South African agency of the decade The Jupiter Drawing Room, which also featured, for the its tenth year, as one of the World's Leading Independent Agencies.

Tom's influence has in the past lead to his listing on The Mail and Guardians' "Top 300 Young South Africans" alongside numerous young South African sporting, business and political figures.

Tom prides himself as not only having mastered the traditional forms of communication. In the past couple of years his campaigns have received global accolades in the Live Events and Activation, Mobile, Design, Sponsorship, Promo and Social media categories. He has written thought leader pieces on the above fields and has delivered keynotes on these categories.

USA
Crayon Minyen Hsieh
ABOUT

Tom Cullinan

MinYen Hsieh is an award-winning experience designer based in New York. His work has been integrated from digital to physical with an international perspective. MinYen has worked in legendary companies such as SapientRazorfish, Ogilvy& Mather x IBM Design Lab, SONY Music Entertainment, and MTV. Currently MinYen is working at OnePlus as Head of UX to build user-centered experience. MinYen also has been jury for The One Show, Tomorrow awards, New York Festivals, Midas AwardsAD STARS and Longxi award.

Brazil
Augusto Correia
Senior Integrated Creative Art Director MullenLowe
ABOUT

Augusto Correia

Augusto Correia is a senior creative art director, currently working at Grey Brasil. He believes advertising has only 2 ways to be relevant: being useful or being entertaining. With that in mind he was lucky enough to earn over 380 awards through the years, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio Awards, Effie, New York Festivals, Webby Awards, FWA, Epica, El Ojo, Young Guns among others.

He also holds a chair as a Miami Ad School mentor, teaching creativity and case video storytelling. His work had several social impacts. The "What Family Means" project managed to change the meaning of a word in a dictionary.

"Priceless Pets" helped more than 500 animals to get adopted in a year and became a bill to change the law. In Artplan, the biggest indenpendent agency in Brazil, he was key to raising the "digital creative" perception from 46th in 2011 to 7th in 2012. He topped 1st place worldwide on Creative and Art Directors Rankings in Best Ads website for 2014 and was named "Newcomer of the Year" by Creative Pool for 2016.

South Africa
Roanna Williams
Executive Creative Director Joe Public United
ABOUT

Roanna Williams

Instagram: @roannainjoburg
Facebook: Roanna Williams
Twitter: @Migratemagazine

Roanna Williams see's the world as one big canvas. By applying the imagination, you can create magic. With over twenty years' experience, after working for some of South Africa's best advertising agencies, she now resides with Joe Public United, South Africa's largest independent advertising group as Executive Creative Director. She is instrumental in driving the creative output for clients such as South African Breweries, Nedbank and McCain.

She has won numerous local and international awards, including Loeries, Cannes Lions, Apex's, One Show Pencils and D&AD's. She has been a judge at Cannes and served on numerous Loeries and Creative Circle panels. She is also the curator, co-editor, creative director, designer and publisher of Migrate magazine. In between thinking of ideas, publishing a magazine and embarking on numerous personal projects, her ultimate ambition is to inspire her four daughters to grow up to be strong, creative and confident women in a very exciting world of boundless opportunities. She is also very passionate about the participation, growth and advancement of women in the advertising industry in South Africa.