A B O U T


Over the last twenty years, Jason Stefanik has consistently made advertising and branded content that has broken through into pop culture.

His work has been covered on every major network from The Today Show and SportsCenter, to publications like New York Magazine, The New York Times and The Onion and has even been parodied across an entire episode of South Park (which maybe better than any advertising award).

He is currently an Executive Creative Director at dentsu creative where he leads the Subway and FTX accounts. During his leadership, both accounts were shortlisted at Cannes and won multiple One Show pencils and ADC cubes. But even more impressive, Subway beat their sales estimates by over 1 billion dollars (while winning an Effie) and FTX’s profits grew by 1000%.

Prior to dentsu creative, Jason freelanced for five years at agencies like Droga5, Wieden + Kennedy, Johannes Leonardo and TBWA/Chiat/Day NY as well as working directly with brands like Bloomberg, VH1 and GNC.

Before freelance, he was a VP/Creative Director at BBDO New York where he and his partner ran the Diet Dew and Champs Sports accounts. While at BBDO, he also won and launched the popular Foot Locker "Approved" campaign, as well as creating famous work for Snickers, FedEx and AT&T.

Jason graduated from Syracuse University with what he thought was an incredible portfolio until he arrived in NYC and was told it was, in fact, not very good at all. So over his career he has made it a priority to nurture up and coming talent, teaching at Pratt and City College, leading both schools to One Show pencils multiple years in a row.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, two boys and his dog Pants!.




Executive Creative Director dentsu creative

August 2019 – Current

Subway, FTX, Audible, Manhattan Mini Storage, Reese’s Take Five

Freelance Creative Director
April 2014 – August 2019

Droga5, Johannes Leonardo, Wieden + Kennedy NY, BBDO NY, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Discovery Communications, VH1, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Grey NY, Episode 4, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal, JASH, 180 LA, McCann, Nomadic, Bloomberg, VMLY&R, Bullish, TBWA/Chiat/Day NY, Publicis, dentsu creative, The Martin Agency, Motive Creative Studio, Leo Burnett Chicago, Cramer-Krasselt, Decoded, DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi London

VP/Creative Director BBDO New York

November 2007 – April 2014

Foot Locker, Snickers, Diet Dew, FedEx, AT&T, Champs Sports, Bud Light, GE, Special Olympics, Twix, Pepsi

Freelance Art Director
February 2007 – November 2007

BBDO New York, Walrus, Toy, Filter

Art Director TBWAChiatDay New York
July 2004 – February 2007

SprintNextel, Skittles, Snickers, Absolut Vodka

Freelance Art Director/Designer
August 2001 – July 2004

Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal, Merkley + Partners, Cliff Freeman & Partners



Awards & Recognition

Cannes Lions
D&AD
One Show
Webby Awards
Art Directors Club
London International Awards
Clios
Communication Arts
AICP Next
NY Festivals
Effie Award
Addy
AICP
TBS Funniest Commercials of the Year

Teaching

Pratt Institute
The City College of New York


Education

Syracuse University
Bachelors of Science, Advertising


jasonstefanik (at) gmail.com

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As a freelancer, I not only got to work with a ton of great people, but I was also able to work on a ton of great brands. I learned about a wide variety of categories, their challenges and their opportunities.

Here is a shortlist of the brands I have worked on:







Did you just get to the bottom of this page and think “wait, I was looking for Jason Stefanik, the Canadian poet, I’m not sure this is the same guy.” Well you’re right, that’s a different guy, but you can find his excellent book of poetry here.
And if you’re wondering if I’m related to Elise Stefanik, the Congressman from Upstate New York, sorry, also no relation. But you can find more information about her here and here and here and here. In short, she’s a terrible, awful, no good person.