Gerry’s writing career began at the University of Notre Dame as a staff writer and producer for the school’s infamous Keenan Revue.
In 1995, Gerry joined BBDO/NY and quickly rose to creative director. His work on Snickers was honored as Campaign of the Year by Adweek and Commercial of the Year by AdAge. In 1997, BBDO was named Agency of the Year at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.
At 29, Gerry was promoted to Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London. Oh, no, sorry, that was David Droga. Never mind.
In 1998, Gerry joined Goodby, Silverstein and Partners. AdAge named Goodby Agency of the Year in both 1999 and 2000.
Gerry was named one of the Most Influential People in the Internet Economy by Industry Standard Magazine for his work on E*Trade. The E*Trade commercial “Monkey” has since been named one of the Top 5 Super Bowl Ads of All Time by USA Today.
Adage would go on to name three of Gerry’s commercials to their list of the 20 Best Super Bowl Ads of All Time.
In 2001, Gerry returned to BBDO as their youngest Executive Creative Director. AdAge’s Creativity magazine named BBDO/NY Agency of the Year in 2001.
After 9/11, Mayor Giuliani named Gerry to his marketing team to bring tourism back to NYC. This was without a doubt Gerry’s proudest moment as an advertising executive.
In 2004, Lee Clow asked Gerry to run TBWA/Chiat/Day/NY.
In 2006, AdAge named Gerry one of the 50 “biggest and best thinkers and doers from 20 years of advertising and consumer culture”. He would go on to be named to their annual list of the “50 most influential and creative thinkers” in 2008, 2009, and 2013.
In 2007, AdAge named TBWA/NY the Most Awarded Agency and Gerry the Most Awarded Creative Director in the World.
In 2008, Gerry was named Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi NY and member of the Worldwide Executive Board. In 2009, Gerry’s work on JC Penney was awarded the World Retail Award for Best Digital Retail Advertising. Gerry also helped win General Mills its first ever Gold Lion at Cannes. AdAge named Saatchi NY the 3rd Most Awarded Agency and Gerry the 3rd Most Awarded Creative Director in the World. The Gunn Report named Saatchi’s Crest campaign The Most Awarded Campaign in the World.
Tired of growing other people’s companies, Gerry launched his own agency, Barton F. Graf, in 2010.
The agency was named Top Agency To Watch by AdAge in 2011 and has been on the A-List every year since.
In 2014, Barton was named Mid-Size Agency of the Year by the 4A’s.
Barton was also named the 5th Most Innovative Advertising Agency by Fast Company. And Gerry made the their list of the “100 Most Creative People In Business”.
Forbes named Barton one of the 14 Most Influential Agencies in America. Business Insider named Gerry "The Most Creative Man In Advertising". Newsweek called him one of the "New Don Drapers".
Gerry was also named to the Facebook Creative Council. And PBS featured the agency as one of the new innovative shops in “The Real Mad Men of Madison Ave.”
Barton is now the fastest growing independent agency in America.
Gerry lives in Manhattan with his wife, three kids.
Laura joined Barton from Google Creative Lab, where she was overseeing the launch of Chrome.
With over 15 years of experience under her belt as a strategist, Laura joined Barton to build a fresh, new approach to brand building.
Laura’s team believes in strategic rigor. They’re getting back into the field, developing breakthrough methodologies and eliminating traditional silos.
She’s built a team of smart, hardworking, creative thinkers excited to partner with clients to tackle any and all brand challenges.
Laura was recently named to the Adweek 50 List of Vital Leaders in Tech, Media and Marketing.
Jeff joined Barton F. Graf days ago after working client-side with BarkBox.
Previously, Jeff led a reinvention at JWT. As their Chief Creative Officer for North America, he took one of the oldest and largest agencies in the world and helped it to rediscover its pioneering soul. Attracting creative talent and winning brands like Puma, Nokia, and Google.
Jeff joined JWT from Crispin Porter + Bogusky where he was a Partner and Co-Chief Creative Officer. In 2003 he joined CP+B as their first Interactive Creative Director and helped grow the agency by creating some of the most provocative and effective ideas in the world. During Jeff’s career at CP+B they were named Interactive Agency of the Year three times at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity, and Agency of the Decade by Advertising Age. Prior to CP+B, Jeff worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
The work Jeff has created for brands such as Burger King, Volkswagen, Domino's Pizza, Macy’s, Hewlett-Packard, Band-Aid, Best Buy, MINI, and American Express are among the most successful marketing campaigns of all time.
Jeff’s work has been recognized by every major industry award show, winning multiple Titanium and Grand Prix Lions at Cannes, Best of Shows at the One Show, Grand Clios, and Grand Effie. In 2010, he received the Irving Wunderman Award for Lifetime Achievement, and later that year was honored by the One Club for two of the five best interactive ideas of the decade. Jeff has appeared in the ‘Creativity 50’ and sits on the Facebook Creative Council, IAB Agency Advisory, and iHeartMedia Agency Advisory Council.
Before joining Barton F. Graf, Barney was the President of Bartle Bogle Hegarty and a member of its Global Group Board.
He worked for BBH for twelve years in both London and New York, most recently running the Axe and Google accounts.
Barney recently completed his Executive MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
David joined Barton F. Graf in 2018 to lead the integrated production department. He most recently worked as an Executive Producer at Droga5. Several campaigns under David’s supervision for clients like Google, Under Armour, Hennessy and Newcastle Brown Ale have been honored in nearly every international award show.
Before his time at Droga, David spent the better part of a decade in the production department at Grey NY. He is grateful to have contributed to the agency's creative revival and his work on DirecTV and Febreze have been recognized globally.
Outside the agency walls - David is a passionate film enthusiast and purveyor of delicious cheeseburgers.