Denver, CO



I'm a b-boy turned multidisciplinary creative guy with over nine years of industry experience. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where art, culture and green chile were a part of everyday life. Summers were always spent outdoors, hiking, camping, and fly fishing—activities I'm still very passionate about. My wife and I moved to Denver, CO on July 24th of 2010. The 6.5 years prior to our move, I spent as a partner and co-founder at SUM, a design and creative agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While at SUM, I produced award-winning branding and creative solutions for businesses around the globe and even operated a 2.5 year joint venture with a company in Paraguay. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and so last year I decided to move, reset, and get a fresh perspective on life and industry. My philosophy on design can be summed up in this one phrase by Pat Fallon: "Brilliant execution without brilliant strategy is irrelevant, and brilliant strategy without brilliant execution is invisible." Creativity, as it relates to marketing, has to not only cause emotion but action. If not, it isn't design, it's art. I strive to find that balance between what looks good and what works—form + function; strategy + creativity. I design with purpose, intention, and believe winning creative ideas are those based on a smart and insightful strategy. I aim to create ground-breaking and award-winning work that reaches customers, changes culture, and sets clients apart from their competitors. I treat every project as a defining moment and am passionate about delivering excellence and cohesiveness into every communication touchpoint. Also, did you know Kenny: • is a bit of a collector. Have you seen the show American Pickers? Yeah, kind of like that. • thinks he can still breakdance • can often be found scooting around town on his Genuine Stella scooter


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