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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
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A 2nd generation creative director and designer who has built a career on creating award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, designing multiple global Fortune 500 brands and complex, multi-lingual digital experiences. My digital design work spans web sites, mobile web sites, mobile apps, global social… Read More
A 2nd generation creative director and designer who has built a career on creating award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, designing multiple global Fortune 500 brands and complex, multi-lingual digital experiences. My digital design work spans web sites, mobile web sites, mobile apps, global social media platforms and emerging technologies including being one of the first designers asked by Apple to design apps for Apple Watch before it was announced. My work has been recognized with over 150 major design awards including multiple Canne Cyber Lions, Webby Awards, Web Awards and others. I’ve been consistently called upon by Apple, Google, Adobe and others to work as a pre-release partner on products including Apple Watch, iOS 7, iOS 6, Windows 8, Adobe Creative Suite and Google Glass. Read Less
  • VP and Senior Creative Director of Global Brand Design
    Starwood Hotels and Resorts — New York, NY, USA
  • Interactive Creative Director
    T:M Advertising (formerly Temerlin McClain) — Dallas, TX, USA
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Cannes Cyber Lions

Communication Arts ( 2 Site of the Week, Interactive Annual and Design Interact interview )

ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Pioneer Award (1 of 7 awarded worldwide)

ADDY Awards ( 29 local, regional and national awards including the first campaign to ever win Best Integrated Campaign and Best o… Read More
Cannes Cyber Lions

Communication Arts ( 2 Site of the Week, Interactive Annual and Design Interact interview )

ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Pioneer Award (1 of 7 awarded worldwide)

ADDY Awards ( 29 local, regional and national awards including the first campaign to ever win Best Integrated Campaign and Best of Show Regional with no TV in the campaign )

CLIO Awards

WebAwards ( 24 awards )

Mobile WebAwards (3 awards including best Travel app)

Adobe Site of the Day ( 6 awards )

L2 Digital Think Tank ranked 5 Starwood brands in the Top 10 of their 2013 Digital IQ Index for Hotels including W Hotels which was the only brand to be ranked as 'Genius'. The report benchmarks the digital competence of 57 global hotel brands on more than 675 data points.

Named one of the world's top 50 Google Glass Innovators of 2013

Featured 5 times on Behance Web Design and App Design Served Sites

Chosen by the editors of MediaPost and OMMA magazines as one of three 2009 Online Marketing All Stars

Chosen as a member of International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences

Yearly judge for Webby Awards, Web Awards, Mobile Web Awards and Interactive Advertising Awards Read Less
Adobe MAX
2013 – Secrets to Creating a Successful Mobile Roadmap, Apps, and Mobile Websites
2012 – Using Adobe’s Web Tools to Rethink Digital Branding
2012 – Create Anywhere

AdTech New York
HTML5 Changes Everything

FUSE
2011 – How Starwood Hotels Creates Design Leads Brands Online
2010 – Memory Loss and Ha… Read More
Adobe MAX
2013 – Secrets to Creating a Successful Mobile Roadmap, Apps, and Mobile Websites
2012 – Using Adobe’s Web Tools to Rethink Digital Branding
2012 – Create Anywhere

AdTech New York
HTML5 Changes Everything

FUSE
2011 – How Starwood Hotels Creates Design Leads Brands Online
2010 – Memory Loss and Hamburger: Getting the Best From In-house

Social Media Week NYC
2013 – Bringing Real Life Brand Experiences to Online Communities



School of Visual Arts – Masters in Branding Program


Princeton University

Online Marketing Expo Barcelona
2013 – Opening Keynote: Agile is the new smart

World Usability Day
Building Brands with Every Interaction

Usability Experience Professionals Association
International Conference - Putting Brand at the Center of UX Design and What is ‘State-Aware’ Design
International Conference - Why is it Going to Chance Everything?
NYC UXPA 2013 – How To Succeed in Mobile When You’re Really Trying
NYC UXPA 2012 – Become a Presentation Superstar
NYC UXPA 2011 – How Starwood Build Emotional Connections and Brand Loyalty Online

Future Trends
The Future of Crowdsourced Branding

World Future Trends Summit
Using Global Travel Trends to Create Award Winning Mobile Experiences

Private Brand Movement
Transforming from a Graphic Design Team to a Brand-Building Force

The Mobile Marketing Conference
Best Practices in Mobile Web Design

Social Media & Community 2.0
Non-traditional Insight Driven Community Building

Customer Contact East
Social is real. But is it it’s own channel?

Total Customer Experience Leaders
The Crazy Ones: How to be a leader that inspires creative and innovative customer solutions

Digital Luxury NYC
How Starwood Hotels Creates Unique Brands Online press coverage press coverage



Marketing World
2013 – Getting Your Mobile Strategy Off The Ground
2012 – Rebuilding and Revitalizing Your Brand Read Less
Member Since: Dec 7, 2007