Stories are my story. 

I hope to be a great story one day. 

My daughter says I'm kind, funny and bad at math. I say I'm just a kid from Glenville, Minnesota trying to make it, who decided the day I wasn't going to make it playing in the NBA that maybe I'd settle for the NFL. When that fizzled out I thought maybe an actor. Didn't really like plays and stuff so maybe a screen writer or maybe just make some Jackass style stuff and get famous. Didn't have the attention span for that, so hey some of these ads on TV are pretty funny. I could do that. Fast forward from a cocky long haired kid to a humble short haired man and you have yourself a copywriter (sometimes creative director, barn cat tamer, ditch digger or whatever people need to get the job done). I just love making cool stuff with cool people. If you wanna do that right now, skip to the contact info.

I live in the middle of everywhere with my wife, daughter, two dogs and a cat in a place called Albert Lea, Minnesota. Don't let my address fool you, it's the land between the lakes and the center of everything I hold sacred. I think people like me because I don't like talking about myself but this is my website so you can see I'm a little out of my comfort zone. As any good writer knows an about section is the 2nd or 3rd thing a visitor might look at and it's a great opportunity to differentiate yourself. What makes me different I think is this. I might not be the most interesting person but I make up for that by being the most interested. I'm fascinated by everything. I'm especially fascinated by good stories and cool stuff. Cool stories about stuff? Don't even get me started. 

I tried my whole life to be cool. I'm a dad now so that ship has sailed but making cool stuff. That's only just begun. Here's to all the people doing cool stuff. We should all do more of that. 

Let's get after it.

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Experience

Flint - Group Creative Director '22-Current
Flint - Senior Copywriter '21-Current 

Mortarr/Brick/The Marketing Plant - Creative Director '17-'21
The Lacek Group - Copywriter '15-'17

Alliance Benefit Group - Marketing Specialist '13-'15
The Lacek Group - Copywriter '12-'13
WestmorelandFlint - Copywriter '11-'12
Epicor Software - Business Development '10-'11
Duluth Pack - Retail Sales '09-'10
Pearson & VonElbe Advertising - Intern Copywriter '09-'09
Fitger's Inn - Valet/Bellman '09'-'10
Kelley Plumbing - Apprentice Plumber '06-'09
Northland Country Club - Greens Keeper '09
Albert Lea School District - Lawn Maintenance '06
YMCA - Youth Football and Basketball Coach/ Lifeguard '05-'06
Rainbow Pork - Hog Breeding Specialist '04-'05
Knaack Dairy - Farmhand '03-'05
Glenville Beach - Lifeguard/Grounds Maintenance '03-'05
The Farm - Mowing, building things, planting trees, fixing things, building things, feeding things, pretending to fix things while dreaming about other things '87-'05
Gtown Fort Building - flooring, logistics and security specialist '96-'01
Here and there - Barn cat tamer, road grader, late night talk show host, songwriter, band namer, inventor, brewmaster, bonfire lighter, baseball bat craftsman, bronc buster and fence painter '87-'undefined

 

Accolades

- 3 time President's Physical Fitness Award winner
- Voted "Best Personality" and "Most Likely to Be Famous" by the G-E Class of 2005
- John Jarvis once told me I reminded him of himself when he was my age
- My older brother Dylan once told me I could be the next Nolan Ryan
- My little brother Grayden once told me I was perfect, other than being only 5'9"
- Some Show Pins
- Some ADDYS
- Some Tellys
- Some Namas

Education

Brainco The Minneapolis School of Advertising - Portfolio Program
University of Minnesota Duluth - BBA Marketing

Articles by Me

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Untrends

Muse By Clio

My friend Jen and I wrote an article on trends that will never die. 

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Paint by Letter

Forum by Mortarr

An essay about how we all work with different paints.  

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10 in 10

Flint Blog

10 lessons I've learned 10 years into my career.