About Kevin Lynch

The Good

  • Talented creative (won as well as judged numerous international shows including One Show and Communication Arts; continues to serve as a copywriter on occasional assignments)
  • Strong leader (well-versed in developing creative talent and working collaboratively with agency partners internally and externally)
  • Hybrid thinker (led creative departments in both traditional and digital agencies; digital experience goes back to when AltaVista was THE search engine)
  • Entrepreneurially minded (founded a highly respected creative boutique, Hadrianís Wall, and later sold it to MDC Partners; also founded creative consultancy, 15 Ideas)
  • Good business acumen (helped profitably grow small creative boutiques as well as offices of global networks)
  • Broad client experience (automotive, media, retail, restaurant, beer, travel, tourism, consumer packaged goods, financial, tech, government, over-the-counter drugs, etc.)

The Bad

  • Terrible dresser

Proximity (Chicago)

Creative Lead (2009-present)
Hyatt Hotels, State Farm, Bayer (Bayer Aspirin, One A Day, Midol, Alka-Selzer, Flintstones), Illinois Lottery, Oxfam America, Art Institute of Chicago, Altoids

zig (chicago)

Partner + Copywriter (2006-2009)
Elysian Hotels & Resorts, National Geographic Channel, Playboy, Harvard Business School Publishing, Brookfield Zoo, Illinois Department of Public Health, ethel’s Chocolate Lounges, Lithia Motors, WMS, Toshiba, Microsoft

Hadrian’s Wall (Chicago)

Partner & Writer (2001-2006)
Hewitt Associates, Harvard Business Review, DePaul University, SRAM, Americast cable TV, Wilson, Tsingtao, Stir Crazy, Magnecote paper, Illinois Department of Public Health, Pro Financial, Steve Ford Music

Arian, Lowe & Travis (Chicago)

Executive Creative Director (1999-2001)
Loyola University Health System, Compuware, Armstrong Tools, Harvard Business Review,
Acorn Mutual Funds, North Bridge Shopping Center, Midway

Roche Macaulay & Partners (Toronto)

Creative Director (1998-1999)
Reebok, IKEA Germany, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Eaton’s Department Stores, Grand & Toy, Canadian Egg Marketing Board, Smartrisk

McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown (Chicago)

Associate Creative Director (1995-1998)
Walgreens, BMW, Illinova Energy, Circuit City, Wickes Lumber, Rio Bravo Cantinas, Pravda Records, Crain’s Chicago Business, Sophie’s Pierogies, Skyview Editorial

Campbell Mithun Esty (Chicago)

Senior Copywriter (1993-1995)
Corona, Point Beer, Bakers Square, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Heller Financial, Bigsby & Kruthers (Menswear), Masonite Siding, CraftMaster Doors

DDB Needham (Chicago)

Copywriter (1991-1993)
Bud Dry, Bud Ice, Bud Light, Cypress Gardens, Busch Gardens, Sea World, Frito-Lay, McDonald’s

Campbell Mithun Esty (Detroit)

Junior Copywriter (1989-1991)
Jeep, Eagle, Little Caesar’s of Canada


Kevin has been recognized by, as well as judged, top award shows such as the One Show and Communication Arts.


Occasional Lecturer/Instructor, VCU Brandcenter, Chicago Portfolio School, Michigan State University

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