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American Advertising Awards Judges

Jimmy Ball

Design Director, UX Designer, and Photographer

Jimmy Ball is an award-winning Design Director, UX Designer, and Photographer with experience in a wide range of projects in mobile, digital, and print, across an equally wide range of markets and media. He’s currently Director of Product Design and UX at Solera, the global leader in automotive lifecycle management.

He’s done work for American Airlines, Neiman Marcus, The Image Bank, Honda, Michael’s, Sally Beauty, Ericsson, Brinker International, Frito Lay, Club Corp, Jimmy Crystal, Fiat Chrysler, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Toyota, 7-11, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, a variety of associations and of non-profits, and many others.

Jimmy’s work has been recognized by the American Advertising Awards/ADDYs, Icograda, IdN magazine, Graphis, The Society of Publication Designers, W3 awards, Create Magazine’s Create Awards, GD USA American Graphic Design Awards, GD USA Inhouse Design Awards, PIA Mid-America awards, The Communicator Awards, CFEA/FCA and NIC awards… and probably others he can’t recall at the moment. He was also featured in Graphic Design USA’s “People to Watch” issue in 2012. He has also been in several books on design, including the Graphis Poster Annual 2015, Quayside’s “Design: Type”, Rotovision’s “Inhouse Design in Practice”, Rockport Publishing’s “Materials, Bindings and Finishes: The Art of Creative Production”, Sendpoints’ “Format First Vol.3” and others. 

His poster celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday has toured the works with the other 94 in a show that traveled the globe. His photos have been published in national trade, association, and consumer magazines, design websites in Hong Kong and Singapore, and a handful of coffee table books, including PPP’s Dragon series on Asia. He is also pretty OK at bikes.

Bill Lindsey

Executive Creative Director, Two by Four

As an advertising copywriter, Bill Lindsey has crisscrossed the country a number of times in his career. After kicking things off in L.A., he relocated to New York City, hopped back to L.A., and in 1991 put down permanent roots in Chicago.

In addition to conceiving, writing, and producing national, award-winning campaigns for a number of blue-chip clients (among them Wrangler, Bud Light, Coors Light, McDonald’s, Suzuki, Westin, et al.), he’s also created advertising for a number of iconic Chicago sports teams: Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blue Demons and Loyola Ramblers. In addition, he penned a six-part television doc on minor-league baseball, “The Show.”

Remembering all those who helped him in his career, Bill always makes himself available to mentor young creatives: as a teacher at Chicago Portfolio School, guest speaker at university arts departments (including Loyola/Notre Dame), and as a frequent participant in portfolio reviews.

Bill lives in Evanston, IL with his wife Regan, 8-yr. old daughter Ryan, and twin 6-yr. old boys Caden and Kieran. So, if you see him yawning, it’s not that he’s disinterested – he’s just really, really tired.

Scott Millen

Managing Partner & Creative Principal, 2 Fish Company, LLC

A BFA graduate of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, Scott Millen is Managing Partner and Creative Principal of 2 Fish Company, LLC, a Zeeland, Michigan-based creative marketing consultancy. As such, he wields the red pen of truth and ruminates on the “next big thing” (what to have for dinner). In addition to being a husband and father, he also collects EZ Bake Ovens, ponders the work of Julian Koenig, and has taken to enjoying gins from around the world. Others may wish to speak on how he has been lauded with awards and accolades, such as being published in Print, and GD: USA, winning Addys, and being named a Person to Watch in 2005 (and again in 2019) in the aforementioned GD: USA, but Scott is shy and retiring, and pooh-pooh’s such attention.

Giovana Williams

CEO, Grova Creative

Giavona packs so much into everything she does that she goes by one letter — G. Over the last decade, G has worked on national and regional accounts such as; Pilot Pens, World of Beer, Cooper Tires, Urban Plates, Dollywood, and the Cayman Islands to name a few. Before starting her agency, Grova Creative, in 2016, she previously worked at O, The Oprah Magazine, Sachs Media Group, BowStern Marketing and Communications, and served in the United States Navy. 

G’s award-winning work has covered everything from print, T.V., radio, digital, and social. She recently was bestowed the “RockStar Award” at the 2021 Women Who Mean Business Awards. Furthermore, her agency was awarded “Agency of the Year” in 2019 and 2020 in the Tallahassee area. In addition, Grova recently won “Best of Show” at the 2021 Florida Angel Awards for its campaign to support Black lives and end injustice in the black community. 

G is also heavily involved in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and serves as the first Black Governor of AAF District 4, representing Florida and the Caribbean. G earned her B.A. in graphic design from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Outside of working hours, G is an avid soccer player and enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband.

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