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ICON Volume 9, Issue 10 March 9, 2016

In this Issue News this Week: Ad Dash! Some thoughts from past participants and sign up info Tonight’s Guest Speaker Clay Langdon, Director of Insight at McGarrah Jessee

Ad dash: sign-ups this friday The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us: Ad Dash sign-ups! Students interested in participating in Ad Dash must email Alicia at 5 pm on Friday at, and not a minute earlier. Ad Dash is one of the most exciting Ad Society events of the year: don’t miss out!

Spots will fill quickly!

Check out the back of this issue to read advice and thoughts from our directors who have parcipated in the past.

Member Spotlight

Cameron Riley, junior

What inspired you to go into the advertising business? I was a business major and one day realized that if I had to sit in a cubicle every day for the rest of my life, I would hate myself. I took some time off school and met some people who had worked in advertising and the job sounded like fun, so here I am. What excites you most about our industry? It just seems like a fun and creative industry to be in. People are allowed, if not encouraged, to be weird. It’s not stuffy and overly formal and proper. Big egos and big ideas = a fun and interesting workplace. Do you have any kind of motto or life advice that you live by? Time is not a renewable resource. Spend your time doing only what you truly want to do. If you could only work for one agency or company in your career, could you pick one? Why? Wieden+Kennedy. No contest. If you got the hookup, get at me.

Keep up the awesome work, Cameron! We love recognizing our outstanding members. If you know someone who deserves a spotlight, email

tonight’s Guest Speaker Our speaker tonight, Clay Langdon, is the Director of Insight at McGarrah Jessee, a full-service consumerbranding company located in Austin, TX. Driven by deep immersion into it’s clients’ businesses, McGarrah Jessee prides itself on creating emotional connections between consumers and brands. Whether it be research, strategy, UX, engagement, creative, activation or analytics, this agency handles it all. It has been on Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work list for the past two years. Some of their big name clients include Frost Bank, Whataburger, Shiner Beers, Costa Sunglasses, Yeti Coolers and Lemi Shine.

Clay langdon Director of Insight

“First instincts are usually right.” Clay is a full-stack planner with over twenty years experience in brand strategy, creative planning, content development and strategic research. Starting out as a financial analyst cum entertainment developer, Clay got his branding start as an intern at kirshenbaum bond (now KBS) in 1996. He spent ten years in New York studying various planning arts MVBMS (now Havas), Merkley Newman Harty (now M+P) and Bartle Bogle Hegarty (still BBH). Clay returned to his home state of Texas in 2004 to become Planning Director at GSD&M.

Clay now serves as Director of Insight at McGarrah Jessee, where he manages a bakers’ dozen planners and research analysts. He’s also a Techstars mentor and strategic advisor to Biomimicry Texas.

advice from the ad dash pros Within 24 hours you get insightful experience into the real-world advertising industry, create bonds and unforgettable memories with your team members and most importantly, you are able to see your own ideas transform into a reality for the client! =Caroline Bruce, MemberBiz Director Brainstorm with your team as much as you can about the deliverables before you get started. Be open to everyone’s ideas! -Maca Marcos, Speakers Director Don't be afraid if you think you might not be qualified or know as much as the other students. Ad Dash will get you connected to other students, and will ensure how much you will love working in this industry. -Audrey Zipperer, VP Internal (Audrey participated in Ad Dash as a freshman!) Make sure your recommendations are as realistic and actionable as possible. Your client will be looking for real solutions to their objectives. Once you’ve come up with some good ideas. remember that presentation is everything. Little details go a long way. -Enrico Neira, AdWerks Creative Director

Important upcoming dates March 10th, Rookie/Guru Social at Sweetberries March 16th through 19th, Ad Society takes CHICAGO March 24th, Ad Society General Body Meeting March 31st, Elections Meeting April 2nd and 3rd, Ad Dash! April 6th, Ad Society General Body Meeting April 20th, End of Year Banquet

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