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May 1st, 2017

Brainco Copywriter Grads

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Brainco is a cool little ad school in Hopkins, MN, just outside of Minneapolis. (MC taught a few classes there back in the day.) Honored to wrap up graduation season with eight Brainco copywriter portfolios. Can’t wait to see where they land!

Becca Abellera (copywriter) – beccaabellera.com

Jack Brixius (copywriter) – jackbrixius.com

Jack McCormick (copywriter) – jackjmccormick.com

Josh Gloe (copywriter) – joshgloe.com

Molly Burke (copywriter) – mollyburky.com

Nick Tiso (copywriter) – nicktiso.com

Shareina Chandler (copywriter) – shareinachandler.com

Thatcher Jensen (copywriter) – thatcherjensen.squarespace.com/home

November 16th, 2015

Senior CW Wanted: Target, Minneapolis

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Steve Chirhart, copywriter/ACD at Target in Minneapolis (and good friend to MC), is on the hunt for a great writer to join the Target Creative team. From Steve: “Do you spend more time than you want to admit on social? Do you put the big idea before a bunch of plain old pretty words? Are you ready to make heads turn, break some glass (figuratively) and create headline-grabbing work? If yes, then just a heads up: We’re looking for someone who can take strategy and spin it into something shareable. Someone who has a sharp eye (and ear) for killer writing, but can push below the surface. Someone who can collaborate with a bunch of go-getters, what if-ers and socially savvy makers willing to break the rules and shake up the norm to make cool things happen. A sense of humor, the ability to keep it light and carefree is key. Above all else, you’ll get to help shape one of the world’s strongest social brands and work with one of the best teams in the business.

Interested? Below are just a few examples of projects you’d be working on at any given moment. Really interested? Let Steve.Chirhart@Target.com know.”

LINK: Halloween 2015

LINK: All Natural Tag

LINK: April Fool’s!

LINK: Target Instagram

For more info or to apply email Steve: Steve.Chirhart@Target.com

October 14th, 2015

Jim Moen

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In addition to being a senior copywriter at The Lacek Group in Minneapolis, Jim and his sister Katie Moen write jokes for 30 Watt Inc. “They aim to bring comedy to the masses through merchandise in stores like Target, Urban Outfitters, Bed, Bath & Beyond and more.” For example, the Bathe & Brew (above). At the very top of MC’s holiday list this year.

Portfolio: hirejimmoen.com

February 4th, 2015

Tim Gillingham

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Tim is a freelance copywriter/CD in Minneapolis. Over the past 20 years, he’s worked at shops like Fallon, Carmichael, Arnold, Burnett, and Saatchi (geez), on more awesome accounts than MC can list here. Don’t miss his classic campaigns for Citi Simplicity Card and the VW Beetle, including the above spot “Squares.” Brilliant.

Portfolio: timgillinghamcreative.com

January 13th, 2015

UPDATE: Phil Calvit

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Phil is a full-time freelance copywriter in Minneapolis. Since his last post on MC (03.10.14), he’s  added new work to his site and some new shops to his already stupid experience list. From Phil: “There’s no getting around it: I’ve been writing ads and ad-like things for a really long goddamn time. Since 1986, I’ve created stuff for pretty much every conceivable industry, in pretty much every conceivable medium—at, I would contend, a pretty consistently high level. And to think that this kind of experience, and this level of wordsmithing, are available on a freelance basis to one and all…the mind reels.”

Portfolio: philcalvit.com

September 30th, 2014

UPDATE: Chris Yocum

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Chris is a copywriter in Minneapolis. Since his last post on MC (07.11.11), he spent two years at EnergyBBDO in Chicago, one year at Zambezi in Venice Beach, brought a new little Yocum into the world, and moved back home to Minneapolis. That’s some stuff! Time for an update.

Portfolio: thechrisyocum.com

March 10th, 2014

Phil Calvit

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Phil is a freelance copywriter in Minneapolis. Over the past 20+ years he’s spent time at just about every great shop in Minneapolis, including Barrie D’Rozario Murphy, Carmichael Lynch, Fallon, Hill Holiday, and Leonard Monahan Lubars. He’s also written a bunch of work that makes MC flat-out jealous, like the above spot for United, with VO by Robert Redford. Geez.

Portfolio: philcalvit.com

December 11th, 2013

Connor Champley

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Connor is a copywriter at LESS Co. in Minneapolis. Before that, he was a copywriter / digital strategist / community manager for Totino’s at General Mills, including Pizza Rolls. (Funny banner headline from Connor’s site: “Pizza Rolls. Because, Pizza Rolls.” Yes.) There is no more perfectly delicious / perfectly bad for you food product than Totino’s Pizza Rolls. How did Connor survive working on the account?!?!

Portfolio: conorchampley.com

December 9th, 2013

Cole Thompson

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Cole is a copywriter at The Lacek Group in Minneapolis (and a friend of MC, big ups Cole!). His book includes a student section from his days at Brainco, plus a whole bunch of headline-centric print for DuPont’s Pioneer, a big-time ag account. Nice stuff.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/colethompsonwriting

May 27th, 2013

Grant Spanier

Grant is a copywriter in St. Paul, MN. He graduated in May and is currently leading up his own small creative studio called LESS Co. (http://theless.co). Love the ambition, right out of the gate.

Portfolio: grantdoeswork.com

April 6th, 2013

Todd Lintner

Todd is a copywriter in Minneapolis, previously at digital agency space150 (for six years). Definitely got the digital chops. But he’s also a wordsmith—with years of proofreading experience before becoming a copywriter, and a degree in English Lit. Love that.

Portfolio: toddlintner.carbonmade.com

September 10th, 2012

Leah Metz

Leah is a copywriter in Minneapolis. Check out her “shaving for good” campaign for The Bridging Barber. When did grooming for charity officially become a thing? Movember started in 2004, was it then? Don’t know, but MC respects macho, pruning and positivity, so it’s all love.

Portfolio: leahraymetz.com

March 30th, 2012

Chris Hill

Chris is a new copywriter at Solve in Minneapolis. MC had the pleasure of having Chris in a class at Brainco (back when MC was in Minneapolis), and not only is he one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, he’s also something like 6’8″. Or maybe it just seemed like it. Anyway, congrats on the new gig, Mr. Hill. Well done.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/chill

February 29th, 2012

Cassie Broeckert

Cassie is a copywriter at space150 in Minneapolis. She’s gone and done it. The very first Pinterest portfolio on MC. And you know what that makes her? The winner. Nice.

Portfolio: cassiebroeckert.com

October 17th, 2011

Lee Hanson

Lee is a copywriter at Colle+McVoy in Minneapolis. His site is titled “THINGS I WRITE:” and his work is organized in categories that finish the sentence – “on bus shelters” and “on jumbotrons” and “for osteoarthritic canines.” Makes you want to click on all of them, just to see what’s what. Fun.

Portfolio: thingsiwrite.com

July 11th, 2011

Chris Yocum

Chris is a senior copywriter at FAME, and splits time between Minneapolis and Chicago. Don’t misses: FAME Liquor Lounge, Crowdsourcing My Condo (awesome) and Groupon (love it).

Portfolio: thechrisyocum.com

March 14th, 2011

John Neumann

John is a copywriter/CD in Minneapolis, formerly at Martin Williams and Carmichael Lynch. In Television, click on Staples and watch the second spot. One of my all-time faves.

Portfolio: neumannsod.com

January 12th, 2011

Andy Thieman

Andy is a copywriter/creative manager at Target in Minneapolis, a cyclist, and a good friend of MC. (That’s him above left, with designer Jason Miller on the right.) Andy discovered he had testicular cancer on Christmas Eve. He started treatment on Monday. His blog BLOOD SWEAT CHEMO “exists to expose the daily grind behind four cycles of chemo.” Check it out. Get inspired. Give a little if you feel like it.

Blog: bloodsweatchemo.tumblr.com

November 3rd, 2010

Matt Burgess

Matt is an acd/copywriter at Olson in Minneapolis. His site is the first time MC has seen gorilla actually represented by a gorilla. Love the animal stage show thing. (Why not?) Some fun surprises in his book too, like a TV spot featuring Burger King hand puppet synchronized swimming.

Portfolio: bookofburgess.com

August 13th, 2010

Albert Kelly

Albert is a copywriter/CD previously at Fallon, Strawberry Frog, GS&P, and just holy crap wow. Uncork a bottle and lock the doors. His site is The Motherload.

Portfolio: albertkelly.com/thework

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