John Parker - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
As a kid, l loved art. But with a banker for a father, advertising seemed like a good choice for a “real job”. That’s actually what I love about advertising: the creative solutions are often a perfect mix of art and business. Over the past eighteen years, I’ve had the chance to create ads ‘n things for some of the world’s greatest brands: ESPN, Google, Delta, GAP, VW, MINI, IKEA, Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Burger King and more.
In 2006, I joined Wieden+Kennedy New York, where I became co-creative director on ESPN. In my first two years, I produced over 150 commercials for the brand, including dozens of spots for the famous “This is SportsCenter” campaign. I then led the Heineken, Verizon, Equinox Fitness and Bud Light Lime accounts. I have also run the Delta Air Lines account for over seven years. I started with the recently bankrupt and often hated airline and reinvented it through advertising, design, social marketing, product innovation, and funny safety videos. Now Delta regularly wins creative awards and is enjoying its highest-ever brand affinity. In 2015, Delta’s long-time CMO was on the cover of Adweek and labeled a “Brand Genius”.
I’ve created Super Bowl commercials, YouTube videos with millions of views, books, and even created a cure for jet lag. My work has hung on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, been praised by the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the TV shows 20/20, 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Good Morning America. I have received awards from nearly every major industry show; highlights include a Gold Lion from Cannes and the $100,000 Kelly Grand Prize.
In my spare time, I still like art and l love to build things. I also enjoy a good road trip. I have driven across the country 7 times, including once with my little brother in a 1970 VW Camper. My most recent crossing was in 2014. My wife, two daughters and I spent a month driving an RV from Seattle to Tampa. I also know how to ride a unicycle and juggle, although not at the same time.
2006 - present ...... Wieden + Kennedy - New York, New York
2002 - 2006 .......... Crispin Porter + Bogusky - Miami, Florida
2001 - 2002 ........... Lunch (now Kastner & Partners) - Santa Monica, California
1999 - 2001 ............ WestWayne (now 22squared) - Atlanta, Georgia
1999 - 1999 ............ McKinney & Silver (now just McKinney) - Raleigh, North Carolina
The Creative Circus - Art Direction
Florida State University - Bachelor of Science in Marketing