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Nickolas Duarte - 2017 / 07/26/2017 6:10 pm

Nickolas Duarte Nickolas Duarte has always loved films. He was born in Tucson, AZ and became interested in film while making videos to get out of writing essays in high school. He studied film-making at Pima Community College and in 2008, started Crown Chimp Productions, where he is a film, commercial and series writer/director.

Nickolas’s internationally recognized films and commercials hone in on portraying compelling human narratives with an aim to find truth in every moment. His work is characterized by composition-focused visuals that utilize negative space and possess a cinéma vérité sensibility toward naturalistic imagery. Nickolas believes in infusing his sets with the jazz principle of freedom within form,” and this collaborative spirit has elicited strong, nuanced performances across the spectrum of his work.

Nickolas has worked on projects for clients such as Adidas, the NBA, the NFL, Nike, Pepsi, Coca Cola, eBay, Caterpillar, BMW, Ford, New Era, Charles Schwab, China Mobile, and Western Union.

He has earned over 60 industry awards including a National Addy, an Emmy, 6 National Tellys, 3 National Communicator awards, 2 W3 awards, an international Davey, a Museum of Modern Art nomination and a shortlist nod for the ADC Young Guns. Beyond the commercial space, he is a two-time NALIP Fellowship recipient and his scripted, documentary, and experimental work has played in festivals to international acclaim.

Nickolas is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Ad2. The Crown Chimp team provides production to Ad2 public service messages, as well other pro-bono projects for various non-profits throughout the year.

James Patrick - 1996 / 07/28/2016 12:00 am

James PatrickPhotography found James in his late teens working as a student journalist in high school. He was required to double as a photographer on an assignment and has been unable to put down the camera since. While attending the University of Arizona, James worked as a photo editor for a magazine and weekly newspaper, as well as regularly picking up gigs as a freelance writer and photographer. All of these experiences led to a lifelong love affair with the camera. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, James worked for 7 years for Stantec Consulting Services Inc., as a marketing coordinator and regional staff photographer. In 2011, he founded James Patrick Photography, LLC, a collaborative team of passionate professionals that provides both editorial and commercial photography services to a variety of clients. 

James served as the President of Ad2 Tucson from 2010 to 2011 and was active in growing the organization of young professionals in the local market. As president, James was an evangelist working with a robust board of directors to spearhead monthly events, membership growth and retention activities, communication projects and the annual public service campaign.

Toastmasters International awarded James with their Advanced Communicator Gold certification in 2016. He also received the Up & Comer Award from Inside Tucson Business in 2008, the Marketing Professional of the Year Award from the Southern Arizona Architects and Engineers Marketing Association in 2011 and numerous ADDY Awards in the categories of color and black and white photography from the American Advertising Federation of Tucson. James has served on numerous boards including the American Society of Media Professionals of Tucson, The Southern Arizona Architects and the Engineers Marketing Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for the American Advertising Federation of Tucson. 

Julie Rustad - 2015 / 07/29/2015 12:00 am

Julie RustadJulie Rustad is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and creator of Desert Dwellers Flash Cards. From drawing scenes on the back of placemats, to painting a mural in middle school, she couldn’t help herself. So it surprised no one when she ended up studying graphic design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Julie worked as in-house graphic designer after college, and from there moved to Tucson to study business and set up her own award-winning graphic design studio.

Graphic design is computer-based, and she missed creating art with paints and canvas. When her son Syver came along and she took time off to be a mom, Julie grabbed the opportunity to get back to painting. Soon, she developed an idea for "Desert Dwellers Flash Cards", and created a full collection of acrylic paintings inspired by the Sonoran desert.

Julie served as Ad2 Tucson President for 18 months, from 2008-2010. She has received 3 ADDY Awards for her creative work. Julie has also been recognized as a Women of Influence Rising Star Finalist, was a LUMIES Emerging Artist Nominee, an Inside Tucson Business Up & Comers Semi-Finalist, and is a featured Drexel University Alumni. 

Susan Seeley Roe - 2014 / 07/29/2014 12:00 am

Susan RoeSusan Seeley Roe has worked as an art director and graphic designer for over a decade. Before founding Smart Pop Creative, she was a designer for Bolchalk Frey Marketing and Canyon Ranch. She has been an active member of American Advertising Federation of Tucson for the past 9 years by volunteering her time on the Addy committee. 

Susan was also the founder and first president of Ad2 Tucson in 2005. She began Ad2's Public Service campaign where the club selects a local non-profit to receive a pro-bono advertising campaign. The first recipient in 2007 was the Literacy Volunteers of Tucson. Susan oversaw LVT's 180K campaign which was a success. The following year she duplicated her efforts for the Southern Arizona Network of Down Syndrome. After leaving Ad2 in 2008, Susan continues to work with Tucson non-profits such as the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Tucson Pima Arts Council.

Before moving to Tucson in 2005 Susan lived and worked in Minneapolis where she received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Her visual influencers include Paula Scher, Louise Fili, Ellen Lupton and Georgia O'keefe. In her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, yoga, running, hiking and living in Tucson with her husband, Thad, and their fluffy pomeranians, Foxy and Mojo.