Jeff is an avid fisherman; possessing skills in both salt and fresh water formats (this apparently includes inflatable pools). Somewhere along the way, somebody convinced him he’d be better off selling cod than catching it. Well, lucky for us he turned out to be a darn fine Creative Director.
He began his advertising career at Ammirati and Puris, a very famous ad agency back then. Famous for, most notably, BMW. Jeff was one of the original art directors on BMW here in the States. Some say it was there he became meticulous, discerning and perfection-oriented. Others say he became artsy-fartsy. The jury is still out.
Jeff then went on to work at other premier advertising agencies including Scali, McCabe Sloves, DDB Needham, Young & Rubicam, BBDO and Chiat/Day. It was at these agencies he worked on many high-profile campaigns including Pepsi, MTV, Volvo, Nikon, Reebok and Jaguar.
In 1993 Jeff founded Turbine, a highly respected and creatively lauded agency in Westport, Connecticut. There he partnered with blue chip clients such as; Oxford Health Plans, Nokia, NFL, Chase, ESPN, BMW, Citibank, The Ad Council, Skip Barber, Samsung, UnitedHealthcare and many more.
Jeff’s advertising efforts have been honored by the Clios, The One Show, Communication Arts, Addys, the Telly Awards,and the New York Art Directors Club. His life’s work was showcased at the Houghton Gallery in NYC. Jeff’s television campaign for Samsung resides in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Jeff received his Bachelorof Fine Arts from the Cooper Union in NYC. He couches any mention of youthful indiscretion with the disclaimer, “Hey, it was a different time back then.”
Kate grew up on a flower farm in central Connecticut. It was there that Kate first developed an appreciation for all things beautiful. It was also where she first showed her skills in perfecting the world around her. It’s been said that she stood out in the fields as a kid, driving her father crazy as she demanded that the gladiola rows be perfectly straight. Or that she badgered her brothers to wash the greenhouse windows. Then, her family put two and two together and sent her to art school. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Paier College of Art. Her clients are now the beneficiaries of this drive for beauty and perfection.
Kate started her career in design at a small firm GW Hoffman, where she traded her pruning shears for an x-acto knife and created work for Kraft and Nestle. She then worked at MCA during their halcyon years, creating award winning work for American Express, Burger King, The Hotel Jerome, Fraser Paper and IBM.
After a short stint as a freelance designer, she was convinced to go back to full time employment at Turbine. An agency who shared Kate’s penchant for elegance and great creative. It was there that Kate developed the brand look and tone for Oxford Health Plans, helping them grow form 200,000 members to over 2 million members. Her campaign wonThe Global Award as the best healthcare communications campaign. Kate also did successful and break-out work for Nokia, Wellesley College, Allied Domecq, Clayton Financial, Hotel Zero Degrees and Liazon. She also made sure that there were always fresh cut flowers in the reception area.