Creative Director / Copy
Debbie is the most strategically driven creative director you will ever meet. She began her career at the now defunct Levine Huntley Schmidt and Beaver where she worked on such accounts as Subaru and New York Magazine. It was at Levine that she created a highly recognized campaign for Planned Parenthood of America for which she received many awards including a One Show Gold Pencil. After 5 years, Debbie moved on to McCann Erickson as a senior copywriter on Alka Seltzer, Black and Decker, Sony and Coca Cola. From there Debbie went to the creative boutique, Scali McCabe Sloves, where she was an ACD on Nikon, Pella Windows and Perdue, to name a few, and was extremely instrumental in helping win the Mercedes Benz account.
After 6 years at Scali, followed by a brief stint at Chiat Day, she joined Ogilvy and Mather as a creative director. At Ogilvy, Debbie worked on Dove, American Express, Kodak, Ford Motor Cars, Kimberly Clark, Kraft foods, Fage Yogurt and countless others. It was at Ogilvy that Debbie partnered with Arturo Gigante on SportsNet New York, the account that would follow them to their own agency, Spork New York. Debbie is currently co founder and creative director of Spork New York. She has two children and lives in Brooklyn.
Creative Director / Art
After graduating from The University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in advertising, Arturo began his career at Trahan Burden and Charles in Baltimore, where he worked on such accounts as Harrah’s casinos and the Maryland lottery. He and his wife moved to New York in 1998. Arturo spent the next 12 years at Ogilvy & Mather honing his skills on iconic brands such as IBM, American Express, Kodak and Kraft’s Capri Sun, as well as more niche brands like Fage Yogurt and SportsNet New York. The transition to digital was seamless for Arturo, having created successful digital experiences on many of his accounts at Ogilvy.
In 2012, Arturo and his partner Debbie were tapped to open the New York office of Real Art, a digital and design agency with offices in Ohio and Chicago and a burning desire to expand to full integration. After two years running Real Art New York, Arturo and Debbie decided to go it alone and opened Spork, an agency specializing in highly original creative born from solid strategic ideas. Arturo’s awards and recognitions include Cannes, One Show, CA, Effies, Addys, Luerzer’s Archive and multiple New York Emmys.