Pat McKay is a creative director with a history of clawing his way toward great ideas, creating memorable tension in work, and bringing award-winning campaigns to life
in traditional, digital, and social mediums.
He has lead and won pitches, created powerful communications for national and international brands, and has helped a lot of young folks do the same. Pat started as a writer, and while he still has one leg firmly planted in that discipline, he loves the visual aspects of execution. (He’s one of those writers who knows his way around Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere Pro.) Pat’s also published multiple essays, written and hosted a podcast, and now even occasionally edits the novel he finished five years ago.
As far as the agency world, Pat’s worked all over. Most recently, he was the Executive Creative Director at Cole & Weber, leading work for the Seattle Seahawks, International Olympic Committee, Chateau St. Michelle, BridgeSpan, and the Washington State Lottery—while also winning pitches for Benchmade Knives, DeVry, and the release of Rock Band 4, helping Cole & Weber gain millions in revenue during his tenure.
Prior to Cole & Weber, Pat had recently moved to Seattle with his family and kept busy freelancing for Creature, Mullen, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Mother London, BBDO NY, and DDB Chicago.
Before that he worked as a creative director for Wieden + Kennedy London on Nokia, Honda, Guardian Newspapers, and successfully pitched and won Arla Foods and Nestea.
Pat was also a creative director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and created campaigns for Comcast, Got Milk?, and CD’d successful pitches for Starbucks and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia. His award-winning work on Got Milk? was that brand’s first crack at digital relevance. GSP was twice named Adweek’s Agency of the Year during his time there.
He also had formative gigs at The Martin Agency and DDB Los Angeles. While in LA, he created a super bowl campaign for Ameriquest Mortgage. Both films that ran during the game that year cracked the USA Today poll’s top ten at #2 and #9.
Pat has been awarded and recognized by every major awards organization in his field including: Cannes, The One Show, The Clios, D&AD, New York Art Directors Club, London International, The Effies, Andy Awards, Yahoo! Big Idea Chair Awards, The Webbys, AICP, The Kellys, CA Magazine, Los Angeles Belding Awards and The Emmys. Pat has also been a member of the award show jury for AICP and Communication Arts.
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