Our 2020 Judges
Past Judges by Year:
Joe Maglio - Chief Judge
Joe joined McKinney in 2017 to lead the NY office, and was named CEO in October of 2018 - the fifth CEO in McKinney's 51-year history. Since then, the agency has enjoyed new partnerships with Pampers, Little Caesars, Netflix, Choice Hotels, ESPN and others. Prior to McKinney, Joe was managing director at Havas NY, where he oversaw a portfolio of clients across packaged goods, financial services, travel and food & beverage. He has also held leadership roles at agencies such as Publicis and Ogilvy, following time at several mid-sized shops. Prior to making the obvious switch to the world of advertising, he obtained his Series 7 & 63 licenses as part of his short stint as an equity trader. An entrepreneur at heart, Joe co-founded a food concept in Yankee Stadium called The Mozzarella Joint, which now focuses on serving at charity events to raise money for causes such as No Kid Hungry. Other ventures include film production, angel investing and charitable work, specifically serving on the advisory board of the NYC organization Hoodies for the Homeless. Joe is a graduate of Colgate University.
Creative Director, National Geographic
Jeff Honea is a creative director and writer at the National Geographic Society where he directs and writes content and creative executions in support of the Society’s nonprofit work to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. Jeff has won several creative awards, including a 2018 Webby for best home page, and was part of the team that received a Silver Obie last year for work for the National Geographic Museum.
Prior to National Geographic, he worked in creative and marketing positions at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and spent many years at The New York Times where he was creative director/copy, and help create its “These Times Demand The Times” brand campaign.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he lives in Washington, D.C.
Executive Creative Director, Anonmaly
A born and raised Brooklynite Seth cut his teeth in the production world. Before coming to advertising he was a screenwriter and filmmaker in the Indy film scene in NYC.
From 2006 - 2012 Seth worked as ECD at Translation running the State Farm account as well as Coke Zero, McDonald’s and the Brooklyn Nets.
Since joining Anomaly in 2012, Seth has run the Dick’s Sporting Goods business launching Hell Week on ESPN and creating the Sports Matters platform. He currently runs Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ally, Smartwater, Crown Royal, Bulleit Bourbon, and Captain Morgan for Diageo business.
Chief Creative Officer, Grey West
Rodrigo Jatene is Chief Creative Officer of Grey West, where he oversees the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices as a unified region for Grey Group, being responsible for the overall vision, culture, product and growth of the agency on the West Coast.
Jatene also runs Grey’s Regional Creative Council in North America and is member of the agency’s Global Creative Board.
Jatene is also one of the very few people in the industry to achieve in 4 different opportunities a Cannes Gold Lion followed by a Gold Effie for the same project: ‘Corruption Detector’ in 2018, ‘The Colour of Corruption’ in 2017, ‘Bentley Burial’ in 2014 and ‘My Blood is Red & Black’ in 2013.
With over 20 years of experience, he has created campaigns for brands of almost every industry, working in agencies like Leo Burnett Tailor Made, DM9DDB, AgenciaClick, EURO RSCG, McCann Erickson Madrid and Wunderman Brazil.
Creative Director, Cossette
Julia Morra is a Creative Director with a background in art direction and design. She has been recognized by The One Show, Clios, Communications Arts, The Webbys, Cannes Young Lions, D&AD, The LIAAs, and just about every domestic show in Canada. Her campaigns have been featured on CNN and The Tonight Show. Julia has led national brands in the QSR, automotive, retail, and financial categories, as well as not-for-profit accounts. She is drawn to ideas that live beyond the boundaries of traditional advertising.
CEO, Colossal Media
Kelly Peppers is the CEO of Colossal Media, the Brooklyn-based company celebrated for reviving hand painted outdoor advertising. Through 10+ years of relentless commitment to creativity, storytelling, and authenticity, she has grown Colossal’s specialized business and championed the craft of hand painted murals. Prior to Colossal, Kelly sold and marketed print, radio, and events at CBS and Billboard Magazine.
Creative + Design Director, VICE
Julie Ruiz is an award-winning creative and design director with more than fifteen years of leadership, branding, design, photography and advertising experience in the entertainment, music and broadcast industries. She is currently Creative & Design Director at VICE and a music photographer for A Horse With No Name.