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Zack Shubkagel

Creative Director

I enjoy leading, inspiring and managing creative teams. Through my 13 year career I have demonstrated proven leadership that has won awards, grown business, attracted great talent and improved the bottom line. I am hard-working, collaborative, pragmatic and creative. I strive for excellency, efficiency and empowering others to do the same.
San Francisco, CA, USA
Feb 2008Present
Creative Director & Partner
Specializing in systems thinking to integrate brand experiences throughout the customer journey across digital, environmental, packaging and print communications. Clients include Panera Bread, Hostess, Hallmark, Blue Cross Blue Shield of KC, the Kauffman Foundation, Nestlé, Feng, New Leaf Paper, KC Chamber and VisitKC and SPIN! Pizza.
Kansas City, MO, USA
Jun 2006Feb 2008
Design Director
Kansas City, MO, USA
Aug 2004Jun 2006
Art Director
Kansas City, MO, USA
Aug 2009Feb 2011
Coordinated strategic vision and programming development for 7-day event in 2010 and 2011 with 12 programs organized by 12 professional organizations that included workshops, lectures, exhibits showcasing architecture, graphic, industrial, interior and landscape design.
Kansas City, MO, USA
Jun 2008Jun 2010
Organizational leader for chapter of 450-500 members and 20 board members. During 2-year term successfully developed partnerships with affiliate design organizations helping to found the Kansas City Design Alliance and launch the first Kansas City Design Week. Led board in developing initiatives and programming for creatives to connect with each other and gain visibility for our profession.
Kansas City, MO, USA
Feb 2003Aug 2004
Director of Graphic Design
Developed a new profit center and additional service by marketing “Branded Environments” to support architectural projects in the firm.
Kansas City, MO, USA
Feb 2000Feb 2002
Graphic Designer
Columbia, MO, USA
Aug 1996Dec 1999
Bachelor of Journalism
Bachelor Of Journalism (BJ Degree) Sequence: advertising with emphasis in graphic design.
New Haven, CT, USA
Jul 2011Aug 2011
Executive Seminar, AIGA Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders
Developed by Yale School of Management and AIGA, “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” uses case studies, lectures, guest speakers and study groups to give creative leaders a more complete understanding of business and design through the eyes of business executives (i.e., clients), giving participants a truly unique curriculum, tailored to their needs.
Copy Writing, Creative Briefs, Design Thinking Methodology, Flash, Idea Prototyping, InDesign And Photoshop CS5, Spreadsheet And Presentation Applications. Knowledge Of HTML, Word Processing
Additional Information
"Taking the Kansas Out of KC" AIGA Wichita, 2013
“KC” AIGA New Mexico Showdown, 2011
“Brand Therapy” presentation,
AIGA South Dakota, 2011
“Birthing a Brand” presentation
Kauffman Foundation, 2011
“Design Futures” presentation KCDW 2011
“Brand Therapy” presentation LGDA 100, 2010
“Lessons to and from the Millennial
Generation” keynote, University &
College Design Educators Conference, 2010
“20/20” Presentation at AIGA Design
Conference, Memphis, 2009
“Take the Living Communications Challenge”
Good Works blog on, 2009
Has received numerous awards from the following groups for excellence in design and art direction. Work has appeared in publications/annual indicated (*). AIGA Kansas City Design Awards*, American Advertising Federation, Communication Arts*, How Magazine*, Print Magazine*, International Logos and Trademarks 5*, Logo Lounge*.