Midas Spotlight Interview: 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.

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Executive Jury Spotlight: Ken Muir

Ken founded Mohawk in 2007 to create ideas in a truly collaborative spirit while taking advantage of the huge changes occurring in the media landscape. Prior to this, Ken was a creative director for more than 20 years, generating award-winning ideas across all media, including print, TV and digital for clients such as HSBC, Vodafone, Shell, Merrill Lynch, Tesco, BMW, Microsoft, Gatorade and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He passionately believes that the opportunities for the combination of creativity and insight to drive and inspire business have never been greater than they are today.

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Grand Jury Spotlight: 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.

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Midas Awards Spotlight Interview: Subhash Pinnapola

Few creative people in the Sri Lankan advertising industry have such an intimate knowledge of the local landscape as Subhash Pinnapola does. Yet, he’s taken this knowledge to create timeless campaigns fit for the world’s stage.

As one of the most awarded local admen, Subhash’s portfolio has raised the bar of Sri Lankan advertising, pushing it into the international limelight, and getting the country keenly noticed by twittering juries. In fact, one of his works has been ranked in the Gunn Report’s Top 100 Creative Ideas of 2011.

In the international arena, he has won metals at Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, Adfest, Appies, Adstar, AMEs, Epica, Midas, AWARD, Cristal, Sharks and ONE SHOW. He has given his expertise to many award shows as a jury member. And he has also been selected as a mentor in the Adstars 2017 (Young stars).

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight: David Garant

Dave Garant is Vice President and Senior Creative Director for the Quicken Loans Marketing team, a role he has held since September 2013. Imported from Windsor, Dave joined Quicken Loans as Creative Director of Marketing in January 2010, and is the company’s premier Canadian drummer and rock enthusiast. He currently leads, motivates and mentors the 72 talented designers, writers, strategists and videographers of the Creative team. Dave’s vision and coaching abilities have led the team to create compelling communication campaigns that have educated and persuaded hundreds of thousands of Americans to choose Quicken Loans for their home loan needs. With Dave at the helm, the Creative team does it fast, does it fresh and does it all in-house.

Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Dave toiled in the trenches of the Metro Detroit Ad community for over two decades. He created a multitude of campaigns for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, focusing on interactive and digital media for accounts as varied as Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Goodyear, Kohls and White Castle.Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Clair College of Arts in Windsor, Ontario as well as attending advanced art courses at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He approaches each project with the passion of John Bonham, the precision of Neil Peart, and the power of Buddy Rich. Oh, Canada!

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Midas Awards Spotlight Interview: Jenny Rooney

Jenny is editor of the CMO Network at Forbes, where she manages content critical to executive-level marketing decision-makers. She reports on industry trends, research and news; has interviewed hundreds of CEOs and CMOs as part of her ongoing Forbes CMO Interview Series; developed the Forbes CMO University Alumni Series; and plays an integral role in the development of topics, content and programming for Forbes CMO Practice events throughout the year, particularly the annual, invitation-only Forbes CMO Summit. Jenny is a member of the Leadership Council of the Media for Social Impact Summit, and she is co-host of Wharton Business Radio’s “Marketing Matters: CMO Spotlight.”

Prior to joining Forbes, she was editor of CMO Strategy at Advertising Age.

Jenny has 20 years of experience at business publications such as Sales & Marketing Management, where she served as editor-in-chief; Business 2.0, where she served as a senior writer covering marketing; and Chief Executive, where she served as contributing editor.

A recipient of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, her areas of focus have included marketing, advertising, and sales; leadership and management issues; digital and emerging media; talent development; health care; and legislative and regulatory issues in multiple industries. She serves as a guest speaker, panelist, and moderator at industry events and has provided commentary for various media outlets.

Jenny received a Master of Science degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature/Creative Writing from Miami University in 1992.

 

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight: Mark Lantz

In 2013, after more than 20 years working for some of the largest national and global ad agencies, Mark Lantz made a major career change and founded one of the country’s smallest boutique advertising firms, Factory Detroit Inc. Mark has been best known as one of the creators of the groundbreaking Pure Michigan brand and campaign. Not only did he provide the strategic guidance for the campaign at its inception and through its first three years, he came up with that brand line, Pure Michigan, which is now seen on welcome signs, milk bottles, produce crates and license plates all around the Great Lakes State. That all happened during his time as Chief Strategy Officer at McCann Erickson in Detroit, where he also led all things strategy on Colonial Williamsburg, Children’s Hospital Of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center, General Motors, ALDI Food Stores and more. Before McCann, Mark worked at FCB San Francisco, Ogilvy & Mather Chicago, Rubin Postaer in LA and Wyse Advertising in Cleveland – on such brands as Honda, AT&T Wireless, Taco Bell, ampm minimarts, Suave and a few dozen more. In 2013, Mark founded Factory, now a nine-person creative agency focused on branding, advertising and design, with offices in Royal Oak, Michigan. In the four years Factory’s doors have been open, the agency has worked with such clients as First Citizens Bank, TextbookRush, IronPlanet, mParks, Genesee County Parks, the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit Public Television. At Factory, Mark oversees everything related to the work. And does more than a little of the writing

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight: Humberto Cunha

Humberto Cunha is a modern, cutting-edge brazilian art director. During the last 13 years, he has worked in some of Brasilia's leading agencies such as Mr. Brain and Giacometti, and he is currently working for NOVA SB. He has already attended to some of the biggest brazilian customers such as CAIXA (the largest brazilian public bank), Claro telecom, Burger King, the Brazilian Government, the Ministry of Health, and ILO. Recently, some of his works won awards at international prizes such as Cannes Lions Festival, CLIO sports, El Ojo, Archive, LIA, and Ciclope Latino, and one of them reached the ONE SHOW finals. In Brazil, he had the honor of being the third most awarded Art Director in 2014, as well as the most awarded Art Director in 2015 and 2016, in the Prêmio Colunistas Brasília. Also, he is an entrepreneur, co-founder of two startups, passionate about craft and urban art.

 

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight: Sarah White

Sarah White is a seasoned marketing professional with an entrepreneurial mindset. As Director of Marketing for The Money Source, she oversees strategy and execution for all marketing efforts, authentically representing the brand through thought leadership, industry participation and guerilla marketing. Prior to joining The Money Source, Sarah worked for Mortgage Cadence where she served as Marketing Lead, helping the organization grow 200% year-over-year for the last nine years through brand visibility and marketing efforts. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Colorado.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight: Peter Hibberd

Peter Hibberd is an award winning creative over the last 17 years across the APAC region. Originally from Australia, he’s worked in Brisbane, Melbourne, Hong Kong and currently Mccann Worldgroup Singapore. A winner at Cannes, the One Show and the National Athletics Championships in Highjump, raising the bar comes naturally.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight: Tahaab Rais

Tahaab Rais brings his creative insights and talents to the 2016 Midas Award Grand Jury. He's the most awarded strategist in MENA, he's ranked 1 among Top Strategic Planning Directors worldwide in The Directory Big Won Rankings.  As Regional Head of Strategic Planning, FP7/MENA, UAE he leads marketing, content and connections strategy for FP7 across 14 markets in the MENA region, with a focus on creatively driven marketing solutions that win hearts, minds, respect and profits. Tahaab’s work has made regional brands like Emirates NBD, Daman and SmartLife globally renowned and global brands like Coca-Cola, MasterCard, HSBC, Nestle and L'Oreal regionally relatable.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Bill Girouard

In this week's Grand Jury Spotlight interview the Midas Awards spent a few minutes with Bill Girouard, SVP, Creative Director, Arnold Worldwide USA. In his 20 year career, Bill hasworked on such prominent brands as McDonald's to Aston Martin and everything in between. His most notable work of late is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's, "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign. His award-winning campaigns have garnered trophies at Midas, Cannes, Effies, Clios to name a few.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Leslie Hanson

This week’s Grand Jury interview shines the spotlight on Leslie Hanson, Senior Designer, Seamless / Grubhub USA.  Leslie brings his award-winning creative talents to the 2016 Midas Grand Jury. He has built his background in advertising and marketing-focused design from Susquehanna University to work with Mack Industries, Levinson Trachtenberg, Kaplan Inc, Seamless and Grubhub Inc.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Liam Wielopolski

This week the Midas Awards shines the spotlight on Liam Wielopolski, Chief Creative Officer, DDB South Africa. Liam cut his teeth on prominent global brands including Guinness Land Rover, Virgin Atlantic Airways and P&G and responsible for holding the creative bar not only at DDB in Johannesburg, but the rest of Africa and the Middle East as well. 

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Gregory Yates

This week the Midas Awards shines the spotlight on Gregory Yates, Chief Marketing Officer for RICG®, an NYC based agency focused on modern analytics, journey personalization, creative and neuroscience marketing applications. In his 20 years in the industry, Mr. Yates has built new brands and rescued stale brands falling out of vogue.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Andrew Phillips

2017 Grand Jury member, Andrew Phillips is Marketing Director at National Health Insurance - Daman. He has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications and has held senior positions for prominent companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Thurya Telecommunications Company. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Applied Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Midas Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: David Martin

In this week's Grand Jury Spotlight interview the Midas Awards spent a few minutes with David Martin, Joint Managing Director for London-based M Worldwide. David has worked with leading brands and retailers in more than 22 countries. His expertise in the financial services sector has led him to work with such prominent financial services brands including Halifax, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skipton Building Society and Swinton Insurance.

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