John is the Co-Chairman and a founding partner at BSSP. In 1990, John met partner Mike Shine at Chiat/Day and moved west for jobs at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. There they met Greg Stern, and in 1993 opened BSSP, a full service independent creative company in Sausalito, CA. John is a former One Club president, he regularly speaks at the One Club Creative Directors conference, and his work has been recognized by Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, Effies, and the Clio's. He sits on the Cartoon Art Museum Board and resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
After building a career in advertising with Ogilvy in New York and Southeast Asia, Greg met future partners John Butler and Mike Shine working at Goodby. They started BSSP to make a more effective model with insightful strategy, breakthrough creative, and an integrated approach across all relevant channels. Over it’s 26 years, Greg has helped lead BSSP while also contributing to the industry, most recently as the Board Chair of the 4As. Greg has recently started as CEO of the non-profit performing arts organization, SFJAZZ, turning a passion into a vocation.
After 20 years of working with radically different companies in nearly every major ad market with teams across 84 countries, Tracey’s greatest skill has become adaptability. She brings a balanced perspective and knowledge gained from helping brands like IBM, Unilever, Levi’s, Pandora, and PlayStation adapt in a world of constant change and digital disruption. She also serves as a member of the 4As Maximus Forum, a group of independent agency leaders that are working to innovate and adapt industry models to better serve clients.
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick’s career spans 30 years and multiple continents having worked for leading multinational agencies in New York, Australia, Hong Kong and London. Patrick joined BSSP in 2003, escaping the agency holding company world. Patrick believes there are foundational elements in this business likely to never waver: always do right by your clients; cultivate an inclusive environment where people can do their best work; small and nimble always beats bureaucratic and plodding. Patrick is a board member of Larkin Street Youth Services, an organization committed to eradicating youth homelessness.
Amy began her career in architecture and design, with a forward-thinking perspective on the relationship between environmental design, culture, and productivity within an office. When BSSP acquired SF Interactive in 2003, Amy led our Talent and Experience Team and built a unique way to maximize people, space and collaboration. She remains our voice of innovation on how to attract and retain great talent. Amy also serves as a roundtable member of national independent agencies that create industry strategies for attracting and retaining talent.
Director of Talent and Experience
Nicole Michels McDonagh
Nicole falls in love with brands. Hard. Some objects of her affection include Coca-Cola, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, Zico Coconut Water, and Mattel. She’s worked at places like Wunderman Thompson, POSSIBLE, Kirshenbaum, Cole & Weber and BSSP (yes, this is her second time in Sausalito, which should tell you something.) Her work has been recognized by Cannes, The One Show, Effies, D&AD, Clios, ADDYs, and recently she was selected for Adweek’s Creative 100 list. Throughout a 20-year career her most mind-blowing creations remain her sons, collectively known as Beast Mode.
Group Creative Director
Sinan is a home-grown BSSP-er, starting as a Junior Designer over a decade ago and now co-leads BSSP’s creative department. In that time, Sinan has led work for NBA2K, ESPN, MINI, Uber, Priceline, Blue Shield of California, Columbia Sportswear, and FootJoy. Sinan’s work has been recognized at The One Show, ADC, Effies, and Addys. He was chosen as one of Adweek’s Top 100 Creatives and a top 50 creative by MediaCat in his native country of Turkey. Alongside his advertising career, Sinan is an entrepreneur and a brand builder, being part of three successful startups globally.
Executive Creative Director
With extensive experience working across global marketing, Denis applies his calm, decisive leadership and sound judgment to troubleshoot complex matters across all disciplines. Prior to joining BSSP, Denis was Global CFO at Wieden + Kennedy, a multinational independent advertising agency. During his tenure he assisted in leading their network expansion into China with the opening of a newly created office in Shanghai.
Chief Financial Officer
Jake is responsible for leading strategy development across BSSP’s multiple lines of business. His background includes athletic apparel, QSR, technology, automotive, hospitality, and CPG experience. Most notably, Jake led the strategic development and launch of new brand platforms for Reebok and Chipotle, helping reinvigorate the brands for today’s consumers. His passion for consumer insights and creative problem-solving drive his strategic approach and love for marketing. Jake lives in Mill Valley with his wife and child and enjoys surfing in his free time.
Head of Strategy
Kerri is a Cannes Lion-winning media strategist with 13 years of experience across CPG, QSR, Financial Services, Travel, and Entertainment. With a knack for marrying media and creative to win the hearts and minds of consumers, she has been recognized for her work on iconic brands such as SC Johnson, JetBlue, and Viacom. Before joining BSSP, Kerri led integrated media strategy at Omnicom for McDonald’s largest U.S. business unit, successfully launching the brand’s most important new product line in 2021.
Head of Media and Communication Strategy
Since landing her first job in advertising 20 years ago, Liz has worked in NYC, LA and the UK. During her illustrious freelance career, she worked for agencies such as 72andsunny, Anomaly, Cashmere, and Tool. She's helped create and deliver world-class work for a range of clients including Apple, Jaguar, Google, Facebook and Activision. Her work has been recognized domestically and globally, helping land her agency teams numerous Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show Pencils, CA Awards, Webby's, AICPs and a London International Award. Liz finally decided it was time to settle down with her favorite agency BSSP as Head of Production.
Head of Production
Mark heads up the Account Management team at BSSP where he brings over 27 years of marketing communications experience from working in both agencies and dot com startups. Having worked in agencies of all sizes, he has been able to work with a wide range of clients that includes Pepsi, Diamond Foods, Diageo, Red Lobster, Hilton, Tesco, JCPenney, Tailored Brands, Integris Heart Center, KB Home, and 20th Century Fox. He provides a holistic view of marketing communications with experience leading the development of traditional advertising as well as promotions, merchandising, product innovation, digital marketing, store design, and packaging.
Head of Account Management