Meet the 2018 AAA® Awards Judges
The 2018 Judges
Print & Broadcast Judges
Vice President, Creative Services
Gary has 20 year’s experience in digital and print advertising. As Vice President of Creative Services of Access, Gary oversees the creative and development of all digital work. His unique ability to flow easily between the worlds of print and web design has won him numerous awards including both local and district American Advertising Awards. He serves as lead for local, regional and national clients and helps take the job from concept to completion. Gary has also served an adjunct faculty member of Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke teaching web design along with various print classes.
Previously, Gary has been named Advertising Person of the Year by his peers in AAF Roanoke, served as President of that organization, as well as many other roles. His service for AAF continued as District 3 ADDY Chair, National ADDY Committee Representative, and District Governor. He is a devotee of the arts, serving on the board of The Jefferson Center, a nonprofit organization that brings critically acclaimed artists to the Roanoke Valley. Outside of the advertising and digital work, Gary to cook and enjoys live music of all kinds.
An award-winning writer/director for both the advertising and the entertainment industries, Abel honed his storytelling skills developing creative work for top national advertising agencies which achieved many accolades and prestigious awards, among them Cannes, Fiap, Clio and the New York Festival.
For 14 years, Abel has been a sought-after freelance creative for Hispanic (Casanova, Conill, Orcí, Lopez Negrete) and General Market agencies (Crispin Porter, Deutsch, Doner and others) alike. He has created successful campaigns for clients including Lexus, Uber, Target, Taco Bell and Old Navy.
As the founder of A Good Hurt Productions (www.agoodhurt.com), he has produced and directed dozens of broadcast and digital campaigns for clients such as McDonald’s and Toyota. As an Entertainment Director, his first two short films were featured at more than 45 international film festivals and were awarded at four. His first feature film, a surreal comedy titled, “By the Soles of Our Feet,” is slated to hit the festival circuit next year.
When the weasely little half-man she’d been dating used the words “pushy and overbearing” in breaking up with her, Corinne knew it was a sign. She was destined to become a Creative Director. And so, she did. She was the tireless defender of the Creative Memories brand and the sworn foe of “good enough.” Eventually, she moved on and was recruited to lead the rebranding of Youngevity International, a publicly traded (Nasdaq, YGYi) health and wellness company in San Diego. Still based from her little house on the prairie in Central Minnesota, she makes a monthly trek to San Diego to champion a product line that stretches as long as that commute. Not feeling busy enough, Corinne recently added an MBA in change leadership. She and her worthy copywriter husband have a delightfully blended family of six adult children who fill them with love and pride … but still drive them to drink.
Online & Interactive Judges
Award-winning, executive-level creative with 15+ years of professional experience in strategic and design thinking, brand development and activation. A results-oriented creative leader, who continuously generates performance driving concepts with insightful creative. She applies her background in architecture, art direction, technology and design to create ideas that help set the vision for global brands.
Director of Interactive
Gio comes from the future. He is perfectly versed in most programming languages, dreams in code and can’t sleep when his pixels aren’t in order. As Tinsley’s Director of Interactive Media, he creates interactive marketing solutions that perfectly integrate with television, radio and print campaigns. Gio is a master of all things internet, having developed websites and online marketing for a host of Clients. He was founder and creative director of web-design firm Ionic Studios, teaches digital web programming at Miami-Dade College, is a certified Adobe Developer, an Apple Certified System Administrator and a Certified Internet Webmaster. He’s also won numerous awards and accolades in the web design circuit while making viral videos and being an avid Twitterer. Gio will be your point man on anything even remotely futuristic. Be nice to him or he will hack into your bank account.
Associate Creative Director
Juan is a digital creative thinker, knowledgeable in both the general and Hispanic markets. Juan focuses on connecting consumers to brands based on cultural insights. He has worked with national and international brands including Target, Coca-Cola, SC Johnson, DishLATINO, COX, HP, Intel, Kraft, Kellogg, and YUM brands, amongst others. During his career, Juan has helped clients increase revenue and has also helped win accounts.
Though Juan’s main focus is being creative business minded, he has been recognized by the One Show, Tally Award, Smashing Magazine, Brandweek.
Student Competition Judges
Creative Art Director
Alejandro Pérez-Segnini is a Creative Art Director who helps brands communicate with their target market visually and interactively. He has spent his life between the United States and Venezuela, working for highly renowned brands like The Coca Cola Company, Miller Coors Company, Western Union, General Mills, Kraft Foods and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. From graphic design, motion design, audio design, video production, photography and web design – Ale can do it all. His creativity and vision shine through every single one of his projects. Ale is also one of the founders and Director of Art and Motion of Chamoy Creative, a millennial and bicultural full-services advertising agency with innovation at its core.
Senior Creative Designer
Tony Abilez holds a BFA in communication design from Texas State University. With over 12 years of experience in the industry and numerous design awards, he is currently a senior creative designer for the in-house advertising department of H-E-B. In his role, Tony collaborates with a team of talented design professionals on a variety of projects including product launches, seasonal campaigns and promotional events.
Jared is a seasoned designer who thrives on leading teams to create great things. He is part experience designer, part design thinking advocate, and part front-end developer. Jared currently serves as a design director at USAA, which he joined in 2014 after working in the creative agency world for most of his 15+ year career. He has worked on user experiences for clients such as HD Radio, Rackspace, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, and the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. He is a passionate advocate for user centered design within the agile process, closer ties between development and design, and for finding solutions to the right problems.