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Creative Director, Red Circle
Bonn Banwell is Creative Director with Red Circle, Minneapolis. He has been an advertising agency creative for more than thirty years and is an accomplished creator of both traditional and digital campaigns.
Before joining Red Circle, Bonn served as Creative Director with Russell Herder, Minneapolis. During his tenure, the firm was a two-time finalist for the American Association of Advertising Agencies, O’Toole Award, honoring the nation’s most creative firms.
Bonn’s background includes work for national and international brands, including 3M, Campbell’s Soup, Wellcraft Boats, General Mills, HealthPartners, Associated Press, Champion Paper, Best Western International and Merck Pharmaceutical.
He has won more than 200 awards, including many at the national level. Over the course of his career, Bonn has served as jurist for dozens of creative competitions from coast to coast.
Associate Creative Director, Propac
Erika Gilbrech is a 16-year industry pro with digital, social, experiential, traditional, broadcast, print, shopper and pretty much every other kind of marketing experience you can name. Based in Plano, Texas, she currently serves as Associate Creative Director at Propac, a full-service agency that creates award-winning client work for Frito-Lay brands like Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos and Lay’s.
Erika has worked at agencies in the Austin, Dallas, and Chicago markets. Prior to Propac, she was Creative Director at Ampersand Agency in Austin, where she led the creative team on Stripes/Laredo Taco Company, Celis Brewery, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville accounts. At Saatchi & Saatchi X, she led retail marketing efforts for P&G’s Beauty and Health lines in Walmart stores, and at Frito-Lay (in house) she was Digital ACD on the Funyuns and Tostitos brands. Her work has been recognized by Cannes, Effies, Tellys, ADDYs, REGGIEs, and the SXSW Web Awards.
Erika has a passion for literary fiction, and is active in writing workshops in Dallas and, this summer, Paris. She is tirelessly working on her first novel, and you can often find her fretting over the perfect metaphor.
Marketing & Communications, Saginaw Fo.
A 25-year creative industry veteran, Bryan Konieczka has held many roles from production manager at a printing company, to an art director at an advertising agency, and to his current role as marketing and communications officer at a nonprofit organization – the Saginaw Community Foundation located in Saginaw, Michigan.
Bryan attended Saginaw Valley State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design. Over the course of his career, he been honored with several local ADDY Awards and his work has been featured in GDUSA Magazine on several occasions.
In his spare time, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also maintains an extensive vinyl record collection and regularly performs as an all-vinyl DJ at a variety of local establishments and community events across Mid-Michigan.
Senior Graphic Designer, Purdue
West Lafayette, IN
Be Bold. Be Italic. Never Regular.
Cathy is a self-motivated, high-energy designer specializing in print and environmental graphics. She believes the glory is in the details and has a deep appreciation for vocabulary, proper grammar and typographical flow. Repetitions of pattern, color, and texture draw her in—like a moth to the flame—due in part to her background in architecture and technical graphics.
As the senior graphic designer in Purdue Research Foundation’s University Development Office, she is responsible for developing and applying creative and visual strategy to marketing materials for Purdue University’s capital campaign, President’s Council, special events, building dedications and signage. Prior to Cathy’s in-house role at Purdue, she was a successful freelancer for more than 17 years. Throughout her nearly 30-year career, she has been the recipient of more than 80 industry awards—she is best known, however, for gracefully falling down the stage staircase at the ADDYs early in her career.