Mark Gerardot is a Creative Director with 15+ years of hands-on agency experience in print, digital media, broadcast and creative storytelling for global brands, bringing a proven knowledge of creative strategy, vision, communication and management with industry expertise in higher education, consumer product goods, travel & tourism, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, business-to-business and millennial marketing.
15+ years of creative strategy with a knack for bringing clarity and focus to solve complicated problems and producing smart, evocative creative informed by research, data, and strategic thinking. Results-driven solutions for print, digital, and broadcast media.
Proven creative leadership and management experience, bringing multi-discipline teams together to collaborate, brainstorm and execute creative strategies. Strong experience and passion for mentoring, teaching and growing creative talent.
Design, copywriting, UI/UX, video editing, html, CSS, presentations
Mac OS, Adobe Creative Suite: (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office, Keynote.
Worked collaboratively with internal teams and external agency on comprehensive University rebrand.
Lead and manage team of art directors, designers, photographers and videographers
Developed processes and tools to encourage collaboration and improve productivity.
Hands-on design and art direction for student recruitment and alumni engagement campaigns
University of Delaware
2011 - 2017
Rack Room Shoes, Michelin, Clemson University, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky
Set creative vision for more than 10 colleges and universities to grow enrollment, improve retention, engage alumni align with strategic plans.
Lead and Inspired designers, copywriters, photographers and video teams to meet high standard of strategic, award-winning creative work.
Managed and mentored creative team to continually learn, grow and set career goals.
Collaborated closely with account management and strategy teams to align creative marketing campaigns with client business goals.
Doubled Revenue with same number of staff by improving processes, services and culture.
Forged Strategic Relationships with internal marketing and creative teams at the University of North Carolina, University of Kentucky, The University of Georgia, Florida State University, Clemson University and Auburn University
Executive Leadership Team member for 4+ years
Principal, Creative Director
2001 - 2011
Bahamas Out Islands
Cofounded and led successful brand strategy, design and marketing firm for 10 years.
Led creative strategy pitches to win over 6 million dollars in new business.
Orchestrated 1.5 million dollar rebranding, advertising and social marketing campaign for The Bahamas Out Islands, generating tens of millions of dollars for 50 resorts and hotels.
Managed 8-12 designers, developers, writers and marketing strategists.
Hands-on design of product packaging, promotional material and retail point-of-sale for consumer product goods
Branded retail lifestyle centers and restaurants, including design of signage and way finding systems.
An advertising agency specializing in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and organizations focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle
Developed package design and marketing collateral for pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly & Roche Diagnostics.
Designed and managed production of annual reports for Fortune 500 Companies.
Directed monthly magazine which garnered fan support and funds for the US Olympic Rowing Team.
1997 – 1998
Good Will Industries
St. Francis Hospitals
Christel DeHaan Foundation
A public relations firm located in Indianapolis with a focus on non-profit organizations, healthcare and state agencies
Directed team of designers, photographers and videographers to produce award-winning work
Regional ADDY winner for non-profit video campaign
Collaborated closely with public relations staff to coordinate media relations and marketing efforts for clients
BA - Design & Marketing
University of Saint Francis
2016 Bureau of Digital - Creative Director Camp
2015 BOLO Digital Marketing Conference - Tempe, AZ
2014 An Event Apart Conference - Atlanta, GA
2013 Aileron Executive Leadership Training - Dayton, OH
2012 Blend Digital Design Conference
2010 HOW Mind Your Own Business - Austin, TX
2008 AIGA Chapter President - Indianapolis, IN
2007 AIGA Leadership Conference