Judges


Kathy Kiely

Kathy has served as president of The Ad Club since 2005. She joined New England’s trade organization for communications professionals following a 25-year career in marketing and advertising.

Kiely leads the day-to-day management of The Ad Club, one of the largest trade organizations of its kind nationwide, serving more than 12,000 members. She leads the production of 32 top-notch yearly events, including the highly regarded Hatch Awards. The iconic “Hatch Bowl” is one of the most recognizable awards in the industry.

During her tenure as President, trustee membership has grown by 71%, corporate membership has jumped by 38% and sponsorship revenue has risen 60%. Additionally, she has built a premiere in-house professional development program, as well as scholarship and mentoring programs, that have benefited dozens of companies and individuals.


Roger Baldacci

Roger is a freelance writer, creative director and founder of Howard Roark Industries, his freelance collective. He was formerly Executive Creative Director, Executive Vice President and Group Creative Director at Arnold Worldwide in Boston. Roger worked at Arnold for 12 years and directly oversaw one of Arnold’s largest accounts—Carnival Cruise Lines. Prior to joining Arnold, Roger worked at Fallon in Minneapolis.

With 15 One Show pencils, an Emmy, Cannes Lions, Clio’s, British Design & Art Direction, MPA Kelly’s, AICP, Radio Mercury and several Effies including the Grand Effie, Roger brings a distinctly personal take on judging awards.

Roger is not entirely comfortable writing about himself in the third person, but acknowledges it’s the best way to present your accomplishments without sounding like a douche. He wants you to know that he doesn’t speak in the third person.


David Baldwin

One of the most awarded copywriters and creative directors working in the advertising business today, David Baldwin is the founder of Baldwin&, Raleigh, recently named Ad Age’s 2012 Small Agency of the Year after only three years in business. The former Chairman of the One Club in NYC, David was also an executive producer for the Emmy winning film, Art & Copy, an associate producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award winning film “The Loving Story”. His advertising work has been recognized by Cannes, the One Show, D&AD, the Clios, the Effies, the Andy Awards, the MPA Kelly’s, Communication Arts and more. David’s work and writings have been featured in numerous publications and college textbooks on advertising.


Court Crandall

Former partner and Chief Creative Officer of Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener, which was recently named “Small Agency Of The Year” by Ad Age Magazine. Court was named “Creative Leader of The Year” by the WSAAA, “Creative All Star” By Adweek Magazine and has won virtually every major award in the industry including the Grand Clio. His directorial debut won the Boston Film Festival Audience Award. He won “Best Screenplay” at the Phoenix Film Festival for “A Lobster Tale”, and his children’s book, Hugville was published by Random House. Oh, and he wrote the original two drafts of the Dreamworks cult classic, “Old School”. He is currently working with a select few clients on advertising, branding and content projects while finishing his pilot “Off the Strip” for FOX television.


Brian Gross

Founder and Creative Partner of Nail Communications—AdAge’s 2013 Northeast Small Agency of the Year. He has led Nail to Rhode Island’s leading agency at the Hatch Awards for Creative Excellence for thirteen straight years while winning Webbys, The One Show, Communications Arts, Clios, FWA, Effie, Jay Chiat, Print, AIGA BONE Show and others along the way.

And if you’re one of those people who loves to see the names of big, famous brands a person has worked on, this will be your favorite part of his bio: Mike & Ike, Stonyfield, Gore-Tex®, Polartec, Domino’s Pizza, Kool-Aid, Vail Resort, BMW, Salomon, Ray-Ban.


Ernie Schenck

As a creative director, executive producer and independent creative consultant, Ernie has worked on some of the most prestigious brands in the world. He helped turn Leonard Monahan Saabye and later Pagano Schenck & Kay, which he cofounded, into two of the most highly awarded agencies in the United States. As Executive Creative Director at Hill Holliday/Boston, he’s done groundbreaking campaigns for John Hancock and Liberty Mutual. An Emmy finalist, three-time Kelley nominee and a perennial winner at every awards show in the business including The One Show, CA, Clios, D&AD, Emmys and Cannes, he is a contributing editor and advertising columnist for Communications Arts magazine. He is currently a freelance writer, creative director and branded content consultant.