Mike is our leader (the "Jackson" in Jackson and Partners). But to spare you the time it would take to list all of Mike's accomplishments and his vast business leadership experience, we're going to try to summarize.
So here we go:
Mike Jackson has served in senior sales and marketing leadership positions for well over 25 years, and in a number of industry segments. Coke, Pepsi, Coors, General Motors, CODA. And all have benefitted from his innovative leadership style and visionary insights.
As SVP of Marketing for GM, he led a team of nearly 350 employees with a singular focus of adapting to and leveraging the changing media landscape.
As CODA's SVP of sales, marketing and distribution, Mike created a new and innovative sales and distribution model from the ground up for this new electric car venture.
When Mike was Coors VP of Corporate Market Development, he and his team executed one of the most innovative sponsorship deals for Coors Field and the Colorado Baseball Partnership.
Mike's roots are truly all-Americana ... his grandparents migrated to Detroit during the Great Depression, he was born in Youngstown, Ohio and he has a true west coast vibe thanks to his Masters Degree from USC.
Mike's key words ... Collaboration, Partnership, Respect, Communication, Results-Oriented.
And to think, it all got started based on his childhood inspiration ... He always wanted to be Darrin from Bewitched.
Maybe most important, Mike's a fun guy, extremely passionate about the work, and we all love working for him.
One might think that after winning the prestigious Cannes Grand Prix for his work with Jeep a guy could get big headed and snobby. Actually, for Gary it's quite the opposite.
As he tells all that will listen, "I'm just a schmuck from Utica High." Well, this schmuck from Utica High has a resume that most Creative Directors would die for.
In addition to winning the Cannes Grand Prix for Jeep, Gary brought Led Zeppelin to Cadillac as ECD at Leo Burnett, which won a Clio and an Effie for effectiveness.
As ECD at TBWA/Chiat/Day Gary worked on Taco Bell, Sony PlayStation, Nissan, Apple, and introduced XM Satellite Radio to the world, which earned him another Effie Award.
He also won another Cannes Lion for his work on the Museum of Contemporary Art-Los Angeles.
And, he's been inducted into the American Advertising Hall of Fame.
Gary's key words ... Authentic, Real, Focused, Impactful.
Gary's inspiration ... Tony the Tiger... you can't make this stuff up.
If success in business is all about executing a flawless performance and fitting each role to a "t", well, Randy's history as a Broadway actor/singer can certainly add some street cred to his business career.
After having performed in any number of On and Off Broadway shows, Randy decided to leave the biz, hang out his shingle as a communications consultant, and for the last 20 years he has been fortunate enough to work with some great companies and fascinating clients.
He helped launch Zetia for Merck/Schering, MINI for BMW, and Integrilin for Cor Therapeutics. In addition, he has created custom corporate performance pieces for Penn and Teller, Charlton Heston, Dana Carvey and Martin Short.
Randy's key words ... listen, listen again and then listen some more. His inspiration ... Mike Nichols.