I'm Executive Creative Director of LG’s in-house agency. I previously served as Global Head of Creative at The Economist, and prior to these two brand-side roles, I was Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy New York for five years. My career has taken me from L.A. to Austin to Brooklyn and my work has been covered in The New York Times, Ad Age, Adweek, the BBC, The Verge, Mashable, Taxi, and CNN, to name a few. I've been interviewed by the Sweathead Podcast, Fast Company, The Drum, and Digiday.
I've written about creativity and the advertising industry for The Drum, The Clio Awards, and Campaign, about political advertising in the Columbia Journalism Review and The New Republic, and I’ve some good fun over at McSweeney's.
I've judged the AICP Next Awards, The Drum B2B Awards, the ACE Awards, and ADC's Portfolio Night, and spoken at The One Club. I'm also a Webby Awards judge, as well as an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Awards and recognition.
I've been very fortunate to work for great agencies and great clients. As a result, I’ve received over four dozen awards, including from:
- Cannes Lions
- One Show
- The Bowery Awards
Airports Council International North America Marketing Excellence in Marketing Award (great story)
A little more about me.
I'm a second generation ad guy. I was born in New Jersey, grew up in Miami, went to college in Nashville, and grad school in Los Angeles. I read a little too much non-fiction and enjoy travel, cooking, and public transportation, and I’m a husband and a father of two boys.
And even more.
I earned two degrees in classical music composition, my first job involved interviewing a very drunk Charlton Heston at 10:30AM, I authored a Twitter thread that went viral, and I'm a dual citizen (US and Italy--Long used to be Longo).
The 2019 American Advertising Federation, Hall of Fame Program Ad
It was an honor to be asked to write Ogilvy's ad for the 2019 AAF Hall of Fame program. It's also excellent advice for creatives.