Prior to founding The Distillery Project, John served as Chief Creative Officer of Leo Burnett and oversaw the largest creative department in America. During his tenure, John led Burnett to higher standings in the creative rankings than ever before. While simultaneously winning more awards for advertising effectiveness than any other agency. Since founding The Distillery Project in 2012, this particular brand of creativity has earned Small Agency of the Year recognition from AdAge in 2012, 2014 and 2017. In other words, our work works.
Long ago, Per went all the way to Norway; a country full of people named Per to get his start in this industry. Once Per learned the whole point of advertising was to stand out, he returned to America and joined Ogilvy & Mather in New York. His work on IBM’s “Blue Letterbox” campaign received numerous accolades, including Adweek’s Campaign of the Year. In 1998, Per joined Leo Burnett. He soon partnered with John and together they worked across the agency portfolio on everything from selling beer to saving orphans.
Nik is also a Leo Burnett alumni, but his natural curiosity led him on a tour of duty at companies and agencies of all shapes and sizes, like Google Creative Lab, Wieden+Kennedy, Sid Lee, Johannes Leonardo, Y&R NY and The Martin Agency. Along the way, Nik’s had the opportunity to work with brands like Nike, ESPN, Discover Card, Walmark, LG and Heineken. His experience in both traditional and interactive production provides our clients with a truly integrated perspective on how to bring work to life and has even earned him a nomination for agency producer of the year by Boards Magazine.