With over 150 years of agency experience, our leadership has pretty much seen it all, yet remains open to new ways of working and ideas. Click on the images for slightly more in depth look at their experience and working philosophies.
I have over 15 years of digital advertising experience working for top agencies in San Francisco, New York and London. This includes acting as lead creative on large websites and advertising campaigns for companies like Marriott, Lexus, Microsoft, Nortel, Cisco, American Express, GlaxoSmithKline, Kodak and Nestlé. My work has included pioneering efforts in social media, digital outdoor and digital video.
From Saatchi LA by way of Ireland and Australia, I am immensely proud to have led the Talent Team at Team One for four years. I am proud to have been here when we were voted one of Ad Age’s best places to work. I have loved that we have been able to bring in programs like TeamProv, Womens Speak, Leading at the Speed of Trust, Strengths Finder and many others.
I believe in creating a culture where ideas and talent can flourish. My time on the marketing side, blended with my HR and Coaching experience, gives me a perspective where I can balance the goals of the organization and the talent.
Chris Graves began his career at a few large agencies in New York, which eventually led him to Los Angeles. Before joining Team One, he was responsible for several widely recognized and successful advertising campaigns for brands such as Nissan, Range Rover, J&B Scotch, Sony PlayStation and Energizer. In 2003, Chris got his dream job, Chief Creative Officer at Team One. In his time at Team One, Chris has helped to grow the agency both physically and creatively. Our campaigns have been recognized at Cannes, The One Show, the Webbys, the CLIOs, Communication Arts, the ADDYs and the Beldings. But, more important, those campaigns helped drive brand preference and, ultimately, sales for our clients. Over the years, Chris has recruited many highly talented art directors, designers and writers who continue to make Team One the envy of the industry and a coveted place to work.
I have over 15 years of digital advertising experience working at top agencies in Portland, New York and Los Angeles. I started my career working for Nike on the first nike.com site, and since then have been lucky enough, or stubborn enough, or fearless enough, to lead major Web launches for Lexus, Disney, J. Crew, Pepsi, The Ritz-Carlton and eHarmony.
I am both fiercely competitive and “Minnesota nice.” My clients benefit from my tenacity and flair for making the seemingly impossible, possible. I have led dozens of integrated marketing programs for modern brands, from launching the car-of-the-future with Steven Spielberg to giving affluents permission to fly private jets again. Protecting pricing power and shifting market share for my clients drives me. Again, did I mention I’m competitive?
Kurt brings to Saatchi and Team One a perspective not always found within ad agencies: firsthand knowledge of what matters to clients. He should know—prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi LA in 2003, Kurt spent 32 years on the client side at General Motors, rising to General Manager of Chevrolet Motor Division.
Drawing on his extensive consumer marketing background, Kurt brings experienced leadership to Saatchi & Saatchi LA. He helms the agency’s Leadership Team, ensuring this key group of senior managers remains focused on creating value for our clients. And as a member of the Toyota Worldwide Executive Board, he’s played a central role in all key marketing initiatives for Toyota, including the Gold Effie award-winning launch of the Tundra full-size pickup.
Since late 2000, I’ve been a part of Team One, helping to grow the agency’s Strategic Planning function from a small talented group of thinkers to a large, diverse and highly awarded team of strategic analysts and brand strategists. Today, the agency’s Strategic Planning Department has deep expertise in the areas of brand architecture, consumer behavior, customer relationship management, social/mobile/digital strategy, business strategy and research. Clients apply our team’s talents not only toward providing effective advertising solutions, but also toward developing inspired launch plans, improving product design and elevating their service approaches. As distinct from many other agencies’ strategy departments, our group has long been integrated into the creative department, helping to make sure that Team One’s critical thinking is not just conceptual, but is actually applied in constantly interesting ways.
Michael is head of Team One’s Finance Department, overseeing a staff dedicated to coordinating with agency and client teams to ensure accurate, timely accounting of all jobs in progress. After several years in the New York office of Saatchi & Saatchi, Michael was promoted to succeed Saatchi LA’s longtime head of finance, Lew Katz, who announced his retirement in late 2008. Prior to joining Saatchi & Saatchi in New York, Michael worked in the Finance Group of Toys “R” Us, a leading retailer. He hails from Minnesota and New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Providence College in Rhode Island and his M.B.A. from Iona College in New York.
Paul Mareski, current Team One President and 22-year marketing veteran, has held key leadership positions as both a client- and agency-side executive, including several returns to Team One (a wholly owned subsidiary of Saatchi & Saatchi). His advertising career spans roles at Mitsubishi Motors North America as Vice President of Advertising and Saatchi & Saatchi LA as President. At Team One, Paul is responsible for orchestrating resources, along with our global partners, to meet the agency’s mission and those of its valued clients: Lexus, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Häagen-Dazs, to name just a few.
Paul oversees Team One’s Idea Communications Department, a collection of over 80 dynamic-thinking and innovative analysts, strategists and negotiators.
Expert in Communications and Engagement Planning, Paul and his team of Media Planners and Buyers, PR Specialists and Experiential Activators work hand in hand with all agency departments, taking an integrated, channel-agnostic approach to make remarkable connections that help clients engage more effectively with their customers.
A 25-year marketing veteran, Paul has expertise in a variety of agency functions across a diverse group of business sectors. His agency expertise ranges from media planning and buying to account management and strategic planning. He is knowledgeable in a wide range of businesses from automotive and motorsports to consumer packaged goods, travel and tourism, finance, entertainment and retail.
As a fully integrated advertising agency you would expect a large and diverse range of talents and personalities working within our four walls, and you would be right.
To create the type of work that we aspire to make and that our clients demand of us we re-organized our agency in 2009. We created five distinct groups within our four walls dedicated to creating remarkable ideas. These five idea groups contain all of the usual job titles that you would expect from any modern ad agency.