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DESIGNER, PLATFORM INC., SEATTLE WA
Rob Stanton joins Platform Inc. as a designer, thinker, purveyor of fine coffee, sneakers and music. A local talent and graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Stanton brings 'maturity, sophistication and wit" to his work, says Platform Inc. in a recent blog post. Stanton worked previously at Starbucks Global Creative, where he was involved in core brand communication, consumer packaged goods and mobile platform innovation. He also is founder and partner of uglybogus, a venture to create screenprinted works and spread passion for the medium.
PARTNER/COO, VSA PARTNERS INC., CHICAGO IL
John Colasanti joins VSA Partners Inc. as Partner and COO, charged with strengthening and expanding the firm's consumer-facing capability. Colasanti was previously CEO/ Managing Partner of Carmichael Lynch from 1994 to 2009. During his time there, he steered the agency from a regionally noteworthy, print-focused firm to a nationally recognized, idea-centered organization serving clients including Subaru, IKEA, Porsche, Harley-Davidson and Northwest Airlines. At VSA, a branding firm with offices in Chicago, Minneapolis and New York, Colasanti will help build the consumer outreach expertise, allowing clients to more fully utilize VSA's collective strength for cohesive message strategy across all audiences and media platforms. VSA Partner and CEO Dana Arnett says hiring Colasanti is the next 'natural step in support of an integrated approach we've embraced since day one... With John on board we're formalizing our advertising offering."
Gives the keynote speech at PromaxBDA: The Conference 2010 to be held in LA from June 22-24. Sagmeister, an Austrian native, is touted by many as one of the most influential designers in the world. As founder of New York-based Sagmeister, Inc., he has created revolutionary designs for such clients as Adobe, HBO and the Guggenheim Museum. A Fulbright scholar and Grammy Award-winning designer, his work includes album cover designs for musicians including The Rolling Stones and Lou Reed. At PromaxBDA Sagmeister adds to the program of panels and sessions catering to entertainment marketing and design professionals.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR, ACROPOLIS, ORLANDO FL
Acropolis, an advertising company in Orlando, hires Brandy Gill as Creative Director to manage and direct the firm's creative team and work directly with clients to develop and implement brand and marketing strategies. Gill was previously Executive Creative Director at Fletcher Martin in Atlanta, and before that he was Senior VP/Creative Director at Ypartnership, working with clients in travel, leisure and luxury markets. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Gill's client roster has included Arby's, Coca-Cola, Levis and Warner Brothers.
ART DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER
RITTA & ASSOCIATES, ENGLEWOOD NJ
Yolanda Lamourt joins Ritta & Associates as Art Director and Designer, bringing 16 years experience in graphic design. She has won some nine graphic design awards for product catalogs and marketing collateral. At Pantone, Inc., she was project manager in the marketing area, and later consulted for the NBA, BoConcept and New York Life Investment Management.
RITTA & ASSOCIATES, ENGLEWOOD NJ
Jennifer Peterson joins Ritta & Associates as a designer after some 15 years working for luxury automotive brands, as well as the Bronx Zoo and Liberty Science Center. At Ritta she is applying her expertise in designing exhibit and event materials for BMW and Samsung, as well as developing e-mail campaigns for BMW's North American events.