Creative Director / Art + Design / Photographer
Integrated visual thinker with a strategic, meticulous streak. Specializing in organizing ideas that blend storytelling, technology and design. ¶ Client-facing, hands-on expertise, from candy to consulting, banking to beer. Escaping up mountains, into oceans and behind a camera. ¶ Always interested in new opportunities.
Creative Director / Art Director / Designer / Photographer
2013 - Present
1stAveMachine / American Express / Avion Tequila / BBVA / Boxed / BurnsGroup / Calares / Chevron / Collins / Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits / Evoke Health / Ghost Robot / Global CashSpot / Glover Park Group / J. Walter Thompson / Josh Cellars / JPMorgan / Juliska / KPMG / Kings Of Leon / LIGHT+CO / mcgarrybowen / motive / NBA / Nestle / PayPal / Pearson Education / Penn Mutual / Pernod Ricard / Pfizer / Phear Creative / Pitney Bowes / Raising Cane's / SpecialGuest / Squarespace / Strikeforce / Steinway & Sons / T3 / T. Rowe Price / TBWA\Chiat\Day / Tea & Water Ltd. / Tin Trunk Safari / Tribal DDB / Tribeca Shortlist / UnitedHealth Group / Untitled Worldwide / The Vault / Victors & Spoils / The Working Assembly / Würstbar Group / Yellow Tail / YouTube (Google) / Copious new business pitches across nearly every category / etc.
Proprietor / Creative Director
A creative consultancy. Clients include: Chevron, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, JPMorgan, Juliska, PayPal, Pearson Education, Pitney Bowes, Signum Biosciences, UnitedHealth Group and Würstbar Group. ➞ WEARETHEDELI.COM
2014 - 2016
Taught a hybrid integrated art direction and graphic design course within Pratt's Communications Design BFA program for five semesters.
Creative Director / Acting Managing Director
Access Networks / Tandem / Alicart Restaurant Group / Emissaries / Kin Community / new business
2011 - 2013
Fab.com / Hershey's (Reese's, Jolly Rancher & Twizzlers Bites) / mix1 / Lee / Unilever / Milk-Bone / Optiwind / Merz / Tribe Mediterranean Foods / new business
2007 - 2011
Chevron / Chase: Retail & Cards (Affluent, Small Business, Rewards & Utilities) / Crayola / JPMorgan / The Wall Street Journal / new business
2006 - 2007
Reebok / Chevron / Verizon / Marriott / Chase / InBev / Kraft / Disney / Century21 / Crayola / The Wall Street Journal / new business
The Smithsonian / Showtime / Vivaldi Partners / Groundswell
Principal / Designer
2002 - 2006
The Ali Forney Center / Arts at St. Ann’s / Highroad Press / Menhir Photo / Mountain Laurel Waldorf School / Pratt Institute / Wayfinder Experience / Woodstock Records / Working Golfer
Graphic Designer / Production Manager
2002 - 2005
2001 - 2002
Lighting, Sound & Set Designer
1999 - 2000
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Art Direction & Graphic Design
Lighting, Street Photography, Portraiture
Associate in Science (AS)
Individual Studies: History, Theater & Graphic Design
Study Abroad / London UK
Theatrical Design Intensive
Creative Direction / Art Direction / Design / Photography / Concept Development / Storytelling / New Business / Strategy / Production / Presentation / Content / Television / Digital / Social / Experiential / Mobile / Motion / OOH / Print / Product / Branding / Typography
"Jesse is an enormously hard working, talented art director. He creates beautiful things but then works out every detail so they are executed flawlessly... the most organized, meticulous and far-thinking art director on my team."
- Danny Gregory, ECD
"Jesse is a unique breed of creative talent... smart, savvy beyond his years, passionate and cares about the craft."
- Lynn Power, CEO
"...a rare combination of creativity and pragmatism, fresh-thinking and maturity, traditional and integrated capabilities, all wrapped up in a very personable and complete package."
- John Staffen, CCO
"Jesse is a tremendously talented Creative Director, designer, brand strategist, and digital thinker."
- David Cameron, CEO
"...always with strong design aesthetics, and he has the rare ability to work across all media platforms, digital and traditional."
- Michael Burns, CEO
Good company / Hurtling down a mountain / Everything about photography / Plane tickets / A catchy tune / Things organized neatly / Technology / Most dogs I meet / German engineering / Swiss clockwork / A good story
LEAST FAVORITE THINGS
Remembering names (faces I'm terrific with) / Cable Companies / Ignorance / Long lift-lines / Hypocrisy
Packing (bags, cars, other people's bags, etc.) / Quick reflexes / Perfect pitch / Trip planning / Repetitive tasks / Acing client dinners / Keyboard shortcuts / Self-awareness / Grilling steaks / FAA Licensed Drone Pilot ($5 well-spent)