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I was raised by working-class parents in the BUI belt of Missouri. As a kid, I spent most of my time playing on lakes, running through forests, and avoiding snakes. My family moved to the Colorado suburbs when I was a teenager, which led me to develop an obsession with art and music. Yep, I became one of those weirdo art kids. Eventually, that led me to study advertising. It's always felt like a true calling. The perfect balance of combining logic problems with creativity. I get to solve fresh challenges every day, explore using different types of voices, and give my mind something else to mull over than all of the problems in the world. I'm still just as passionate about this crazy business today as I was when started in it.

Today, I'm a creative copywriter with more than 13 years of experience. I pride myself on being able to do it all:  brand campaigns, manifestos, concepts, TV, radio, social, digital, websites, event ideas, and packaging. My client experience runs the gamut as well. I've worked on everything from beer brands to healthcare, outdoors brands to state lotteries, and even private jets. I love learning about new industries and technologies. Outside of work, I like to get back to my roots and spend time outside. You can usually find me rock climbing, skiing, trail running, or just hanging in my backyard with my dog and a beer. So, you probably won't find me.

TL;DR: I like to make fun work and have fun doing it. If you do too, let's get in touch.

My Dreams

Relevant work experience:
Freelance | Anywhere
Copywriter / Creative Director (April 2023 - Present)

Fact and Fiction | Boulder, CO.
Creative Director (Aug 2022 - March 2023)
Associate Creative Director (April 2020 - Aug 2022)
Voodoo Ranger, AAA, Ranch Rider Spirits, Halo Top Ice Cream, Blue Ribbon Ice Cream, Fruit Smash, Vail Resorts

Freelance | Anywhere
Senior Copywriter
July 2019 - April 2020
Noodles and Company, Google, Four Sigmatic Tea, Lumenati Studios, Legwork Studios, LRXD, Cactus

Sukle Advertising and Design | Denver, CO.
Senior Copywriter
April 2017 - July 2019
Great Outdoors Colorado, Gates, Irvine Ranch Water, Cody Tourism, ACE Scholarships

Cactus | Denver, CO.
Senior Copywriter
Dec. 2013 - April 2017
Colorado Lottery, Odell Brewing, University of Colorado Health, Spectrum Reach, Denver Zoo, Colorado Department of Health and Education, Man Therapy, Bhakti Chai, Smartypants Vitamins, Lyra Health, Gaia TV 

Barnhart | Denver, CO.
Dec. 2012 - Dec. 2013
Wyoming Tourism, Wyoming Dept. of Health, Grand Teton Lodge Company

gyro | Denver, CO.
Oct. 2011 - Dec. 2012
Wow! Cable, TW Telecom, Ice-o-matic, Johns Manville

Crispin Porter + Bogusky | Boulder, CO.
Interactive Copywriter Intern
Jan. 2011 - Apr. 2011

Irrelevant work experience:
Photo developer, Stock person, Flower deliveryman, Cashier

The University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S. Advertising
Philosophy Minor

ADDY National Silver
OBIE Gold + Silver
Denver 50 Judge's Choice
Denver One Show Top Honors

Creativity Online
ONE SHOW College Competition Silver Pencil
Young Glory Silver
One Show Student Exhibition
CMYK #47 Top 100 New Creatives
Leo Burnett Scholarship

Some kind words people have said about me:

"Ricky is a pro. Over the last five years I've watched him deliver killer concepts day in and day out for a huge range of clients. Sure, he brings a ton of ideas to the table, but more than that, Ricky respects the craft of copy to the point of making each idea better every time you see it.

Ricky is a tremendous asset to any agency because he gets it right the first time, without a ton of direction. He makes it look easy, and makes you look good in the process. I couldn't recommend him enough."
- Shea Tullos, Creative Director

"I'd say he's a rock star, but he doesn't throw Coke Machines off of balconies. Nope, he's one of the most well-adjusted creative people I've come across in years. Everybody loves this guy. Account people. Planners. Creatives. The reason why is simple: he possesses two qualities that don't normally come in one package. He's both humble and brilliant. And should you be the least bit interested in luring him away based on this, know that he also has extremely poor hygiene, sneaks homoerotic words into his body copy, and busts up furniture when things don't go his way. There, that ought to do it."

- Cameron Day, Creative Director

"The first time I heard about Ricky was from my former creative director. He basically told me that we couldn't move forward as a creative department without him. Naturally, I was a bit skeptical. But the minute I met him I knew my CD was onto something. The first thing that stood out to me about Ricky was his ability to come up with awesome ideas. Lots of 'em. His minimum goal for every brief is at least a one show pencil. I can confidently say that a pencil is at the bottom of Ricky's standards. Another thing that immediately stood out to me is his writing ability. His copy reads effortlessly. Almost like your thinking it, not reading it. Other than that, he has a huge understanding of digital, he's pretty hilarious, he's very smart, he used to have a massive beard, and he's sick at foosball. In fact, he's taught me several shots, including the snake, which happens to be a professional level move. "

- Adam Nelson, Art Director

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