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October 26th, 2017

Randy Warner


Randy is a new copywriter on the hunt for his first full-time gig after graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design (congrats!) in the spring and finishing up an extended internship with VML in Kansas City. Really great, strategic student work all over his portfolio from SCAD. Also, don’t miss the NAPA project he worked on while at VML, including Old Car Champion Facebook posts (above). Super fun idea.

Portfolio: randywritesstuff.com

May 30th, 2017

Brian Bockelman


Brian is an associate copywriter at VML in Kansas City. He runs community management for Propel in addition to working on some cool digital campaigns for Propel, Tropicana and Brisk (above). His portfolio is in that half-produced/half-spec stage that we’re all at about 2-3 years into the biz, and is so cool to see. Good times. Check out his Tropicana vids, which are some of the first scripted vids MC’s seen shot vertical for mobile. Wonder if we’re going to be seeing a lot more of that in the near future? Hmm.

Portfolio: poppinbockles.com

January 26th, 2017

Daniel Lobatón


Daniel is a copywriter/creative director at VML in Kansas City, previously at LatinWorks in Austin and Young & Rubicam in both Paris and Lima. Since his last post on MC (12.16.13), Daniel has been busy. From #FREEZERDIG for Wendy’s, a fresh way to promote fresh burgers (sorry, had to), to a scary good Snickers spot (above). Dig it.

Portfolio: daniellobaton.com

October 5th, 2016

Allison Bhatta


Allison is a senior art director at Barkley in Kansas City, MO. (Her site was submitted by Will Benham, senior copywriter, big ups!) Allison’s Gift of Giving video for JCPenny (above) proves once and for all that giving is at least as good as getting. Nice. Also, don’t miss her Handmade and Invitations & Design pages. The girl likes to make stuff. Dig it.

Portfolio: allisonbhatta.com

April 20th, 2015

CD or ACD Wanted: VML Kansas City


Kimberly Easley, Director of Talent Acquisition at VML in Kansas City, is on the hunt for a CD or ACD. From Kimberly: “VML Kansas City is looking for a CD or ACD to head up one of our award-winning, always on, social media teams.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about social media. An energetic, strategic and conceptual thinker with experience writing and creating daily social content for brands that post across a host of social media channels. Day to day, you will be running a team, managing and motivating people, reviewing posts, creative directing, presenting to the client, maintaining the social feeds, and pitching in to concept and write. The rest of the time, you will be a visionary: Someone who can take daily social content to the next level, try new things, and be the creative expert and thought leader for the social media properties of a national brand that wants to be famous for social media. If this sounds like fun, let us know.

VML is a full-service idea agency that thrives where grounded solutions meet the blue sky of possibilities. We’ve been voted one of the 25 best places to work in America three times, and we have partnered with some of the most recognizable brands in the world. And with a couple of decades under our belt, our trophy case is getting pretty full too.

Part of the WPP Group, VML offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business. Headquartered in Kansas City, VML is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more, visit www.vml.com.”

Email Kimberly at: kimberly.easley@vml.com

March 28th, 2015

Senior CW Wanted: Trozzolo, Kansas City


Trozzolo Communications Group in Kansas City is on the hunt for a Senior Copywriter. (MC can smell the KC BBQ from here. Mmm!) From Trozzolo:

“We build our team into the best by working with the best. Which means finding the best. Specifically, you – the best senior copywriter we need to meet. A talented ad creative with a writer-callused mind and a gift for weaving gold out of creative briefs. You mix strategy, insights and mandatories to produce creative that’s fresh, award-worthy and on-target. You know the difference between conversational copy and term paper grammar. You prefer the former and reject the latter. You have a passion for the business even after seven to 10 years writing in it. You’re self-directed, but take direction admirably. You’re a quick study. You see every project as an opportunity and greatness as its reward. Your versatility rivals duct tape. You can concept and write ads, collateral, broadcast, digital, news articles, content, guerilla and cat. Yes, cat. But you know that cats, while amusing, clog your Facebook feed. So you avoid them. You at least avoid concepting them.

As a team member, you’ll report to our executive creative director, who lugs every creative award behind him, from National Addys to CA to One Show to Cannes. He’ll make you better. Your book will thank you.

You team up. Writer/art director partnerships are key here and you thrive in them (you may even have an art director partner we’d consider). Speaking of art direction, you get it and think visually, too. You take a leadership role in the creative process from concept to completion. You care about the flow of your craft, sweating the flavor of every headline, subhead, byline, sentence and paragraph. All while nailing deadlines and strategy. Fast turns and bigger campaigns and projects will fill your plate, so efficiency and time management are key. As is presenting your work, which you do through all phases. Also, you get bored working on the same stuff. You won’t here. Finally, you’ve read every word of this and it was kinda like reading your own bio. Let’s talk.

Trozzolo Communications Group is a marketing communications agency that takes pride in our top talent, strategic thinking and award-winning creative. Our clients are many and we like that. It makes us, and our jobs, more stable. We’re growth-oriented. In fact, it’s all we do. We’ve never experienced a down year in 26 years. Our unique culture is based on relationships and teamwork. We’re a competitive bunch. We work hard to make each other better. Collaboration rules here. Fun reigns. And growth resounds.”

Please send letter, portfolio link and resume to: careers@trozzolo.com

March 24th, 2014

Joe DeSalvo


Joe is a senior copywriter at Bernstein-Rein in Kansas City. Bunch of fun stuff on his site, including a spot in the Filet-o-Fish Submarine, outdoor for the Hostess Comeback, terrifying showers for Beauty Brands, and Bon Appétightwad for McD’s Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger (nice).

Portfolio: joe-d.com

August 13th, 2012

Brad Hamilton

Brad is a copywriter/ACD at Trozzolo in Kansas City. MC is clicking through Brad’s book and what pops up onto the screen shining like a glorious piece of print glory? Is it, could that be, but it’s not, yes it is, a long copy campaign for a bank, including one ad that’s nothing but words? “Like a steam engine coal slinger, you stoke it with the next client contract …” Oh hells yes.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/bradhamilton

November 20th, 2011

CWs Wanted: Barkley

Theresa Thornhill, recruiter at Barkley in Kansas City, is on the hunt for CWs. From Theresa, “Barkley is the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the US. Ownership has its advantages. So if you’re looking to work with people who have skin in the game, we might be a pretty good fit. We’re looking for a conceptual, collaborative thinker who’s able to put big ideas on paper. Your book is filled with big ideas presented in a simple, direct format. Your style is undetectable because you take a fresh approach for every brand and every assignment you take on. You’re comfortable (and good at) writing short copy and headlines…short and to the point.” Send your link and rez to Theresa at the email below:

Theresa’s email: tthornhill@barkleyus.com

BONUS: Barkley’s also looking for an ACD/CD-level freelance team to potentially go full-time.

November 16th, 2011

Brent Anderson

Brent is a copywriter/CD at Meers in Kansas City. You know what looks awesome in a portfolio? Photos of work in real life. Almost all of the campaigns on Brent’s site are presented in awesome photography, and it just looks stellar.

Portfolio: andbrent.com

November 2nd, 2011

Jessi Hamilton

Jessi is a senior copywriter at Kuhn & Wittenborn Advertising in Kansas City. Explore her site and the links on it, and you’ll find about 50% copywriting and 50% other writing: blogs, poetry, posters, etc. Which makes sense, seeing as how she started life as a magazine writer/editor. Copywriters come from everywhere. MC likes that.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/jessihamilton

May 23rd, 2011

Matt Bowne

Matt is a senior copywriter at Barkley in Kansas City. Bunch of fun work on his site, including Sonic Drive-in, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Krispy Kreme, Mr. Coffee and plenty more. The caption above his Sonic TV spots simply says, “These commercials increased sales by 1000%. I’m sure of it.” How many times have I wanted to write that? Also, be sure to click on Bio for one of the most awesome family photos ever.

Portfolio: mattbowneexperiment.com

October 4th, 2010

Tom Demetriou

Tom is a copywriter/CD at Barkley in Kansas City. His site is filled with all kinds of good stuff, including an extended version of the above American Airlines spot. Commercials are supposed to be one good moment, right? This one’s got like five. The Honesty Hat scene just kills me.

Portfolio: tgdwriter.com

August 11th, 2010

Brian Brooker

Brian is a copywriter/CEO/CCO of Barkley in Kansas City. Don’t misses: Sonic Drive-in, Vintage Spyder Replicas, Johnson County Library, Creativity Symposium, and Motion Graphics (cool).

Portfolio: brianbrooker.com

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