People to Watch in 2015

Sponsored by Mohawk

GDUSA starts each year by choosing a group of People To Watch who embody the spirit of the creative community. The criteria: individuals we have come to know and respect for a combination of talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service. In a field so deep in talent and broad in numbers, this is clearly a subjective process. Still, for five decades, it has seemed to work out pretty well: the roster of past participants is star-studded, to say the least. The 2015 group adds to the glow.


Ashleigh Axios, The White House

Toby Southgate, Brand Union

Sara Frisk, Uptake

Kevin Grady, Siegel+Gale

Jill Yoe Graves, TBWA New York

Kenny Gravillis, Gravillis Inc.

Jim Mousner, Origin

Jonathan Notaro, Brand New School

Shani Sandy, S&P Capital Q

Joshua Lepley

Timothy Heyer, Pantone

Kevin Cantrell, Kevin Cantrell Design

Rinat Aruh, Aruliden

David Schwartz, HUSH

Elizabeth P. Ball, TFI Envision, Inc.

Bob Calvano, A+E Networks

Hilary Lentini, Lentini Design & Marketing

Amber Podratz, Kaiser Permanente

Suzy Simmons, Test Monki

Michael Freimuth and Patrick Robinson, Franklyn

Becky Nelson, Bex Brands

Barbara Kosoff, Barbara Kosoff Design + Illustration

Matthew Munoz, New Kind

Jim Read, Pearl

Nicte Cuevas, Nicte Creative Design

Shannon Gabor, Clever Creative

Matt Lehman, Matt Lehman Studio

Rob Adams, ETS

Sharon Lloyd McLaughlin, Mermaid

Joe Cuticone, Cuticone Design