creative director

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TOM GATES

creative director

4730 lakeside meadow dr.

missouri city, tx.

77459

713-397-0726

tomgates@me.com

Repeated success directing multimillion-dollar accounts. Recognized for creative insight in all forms of media, online and off. Team leader and inspiring attitude.

strengths

managing creative teams

orchestrating integrated campaigns

dynamic presentations

creative problem solving

broadcast expertise



client relationships

brand building

mobile strategies

editing and motion graphics




professional experience

fkm - houston, tx

6/89 - 4/11

vice president/creative director

Hired as an art director,  promoted to vice president/creative director position. Led teams of creatives on a wide range of clients in retail, b2b, packaged goods, healthcare, financial, utilities, real estate and many more over the course of 20+ years.


Instrumental in successful new business pitches. Helped grow the agency from 50 employees with $20mm in billings to over 200 employees with over $250mm in billings. Guided the agency into the digital world including interactive, podcasting and mobile apps. Earned record numbers of local, regional and national awards for creativity, outstanding design, campaign impact and quality.

whitaker communications - houston, tx

7/86 - 4/89

art director

Guided the art direction and production supervision of various clients including healthcare, finance, real estate and business to business.

dannic communications group - houston, tx

7/85 - 6/86

art director

Art direction and production supervision for various b2b clients.

freelance - houston, tx

8/82 - 6/85

Art direction and graphic design for various b2b clients.

education

art institute of houston - houston, tx
1981-1982
graduate in commercial art
john foster dulles high school - sugar land, texas
1976-1980
graduate cum laude; art school prep

awards

american advertising federation
best of show print
best of show broadcast
special judges award
national addy
local addy’s - gold, silver and bronze 
clio awards finalist
1989-present

portfolio

tomgatescreative.com

references

available upon request

podcasts

Tom and Scott’s iPhone Show 
The Padcast Podcast

client history

Advance Auto Parts
Texas Lottery
Builders Square
Eagle Supermarkets
Randalls Grocery
Oshmans Sporting Goods
Price Pfister
Kwikset
Black & Decker
Space Center Houston
Hi/LO Auto Supply
America’s Service Station
Saltgrass Steakhouse
Pappasito’s Restaurant
Pappadeaux’s Restaurant
Channel 39HTV
Houston Astros
Phillips 66 Gasoline
Graeter’s Ice Cream

retail

Motorola
Computercraft
Businessland Rents
Kent Electronics
technology
PAM Cooking Spray
Ranch Style Beans
Lou Ana Cooking Oil
Success Rice
Bertolli Olive Oil
Carapelli Olive Oil
Adams Flea & Tick 
BioSpot Flea & Tick
Comfort Zone
Avoderm Dog Food

packaged goods

Dell Computer
Prime Equipment
Varco
Tuboscope
Phillips 66 Aviation Fuels
North American Solutions Insurance
Redflex Traffic Systems

b2b

The Woodlands
Pulte Homes
Bentwater
Sienna Plantation
Highland Village
Hanover

real estate

St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
HMO Texas
Prucare of Houston

healthcare

Southwest Bank of Texas
Amegy Bank of Texas

finance

Entex Gas Co.
Reliant Energy
Houston Lighting & Power
Warner Cable
Centerpoint Energy
Waste Management

utilities

Habitat for Humanity
SPCA of Houston
Aids Foundation Houston
Houston Food Bank
End Hunger Network
Junior League of Houston

public service

Houston Baptist University

education

gates creative - houston, tx

5/11 - present

creative director

Freelance creative work for various clients and agencies in retail and b2b including new business development.