For more than two decades, Steve has created Brand, Digital and Direct advertising for world class brands of all sizes and at all stages of growth. His career focus has been on melding strategic branding with effective selling to create powerful DTC campaigns. And that pursuit continues at Rain where he helps Transactional Brand Building fulfil its promise for the agency’s wide variety of national clients.
Steve has held creative leadership positions at top agencies. As ECD for OgilvyOne/Ogilvy Interactive/Chicago, he built an award-winning creative department and won the $200MM Ameritrade business. At Ogilvy/New York, he won coveted awards for Jaguar Cars and American Express. At DDB, he was Global CD for ExxonMobil and all of its sub-brands. During his time with Hill Holiday/New York, he helped develop the “Reliable Network” positioning for Verizon Wireless. He joined Rapp to help transition the company into a global Digital agency. His work has won many awards, including One Show pencils (Gold), Effies (Gold), Addys (Best in Show), Clios, Caples, Echoes and Andys.
At Rain, Steve leads a diverse, deeply experienced team in the pursuit of the industry’s most effective creative. His collaborators include Creative Directors, Designers, Writers, Art Directors, Producers, Editors, and Canines (Rain is very dog friendly). Outside of work, Steve enjoys photography and teaching; he is on the faculty of The International Center of Photography in New York City and the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.