Name

Gene Payne

About

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HEAR about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and why I’m ripping off the first line in “The Catcher in the Rye” to introduce myself. The next thing you’ll want to know is what I have to show for 20-some years as a Writer/Creative Director in the ad business, and whether I’ve worked at agencies like Y&R and DDB Chicago, and if I have category experience in package goods, retail, beer, banking, healthcare, hospitality and more, and whether I've led teams and steered strategy in the creation of award-winning integrated campaigns for brands like Sears, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors, Quaker, Qwest, Marriott, Hyatt, BMO Harris, Northwestern Medicine, Adventist Hospitals and DePaul University.

Next, you’ll probably want to know the personal stuff, in which case I suggest you call my Mom at 312-779-5461. She's a little more forthcoming with the details I tend to gloss over – the good hair, teeth and bone structure, the MBA, the Evans Scholarship, heck, even the whole cross-country thing.

Lastly, you may or may not want to know if I have a creative life outside of advertising, as the creator of a children's art/picture book hybrid called PosterBooks®, which I hope to see on the shelves and/or walls of fine retailers some time this millennium. (You can view them now at www.posterbookstore.com)

But enough about me. What about you? (As it relates to me, haha.)

Thanks for stopping by : )

Gene

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