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MEET QUIRK

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It’s no surprise we do things a little differently at Quirk.

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We are a woman-owned agency in an industry that is 99.9% not.

 

We believe that multiplicity of perspective and experience makes for better communication and stronger brands.

 

We believe that, done correctly, advertising can propel society forward.

 

We believe the ad industry has a long way to go, and we believe we have a hand in shaping it.

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Meryl has spent time at iconic agencies and fast growing start-ups. She began her career in public relations at MSLGROUP, working with clients including Cisco and Blackboard before joining Ogilvy & Mather where she oversaw IBM's advertising campaigns across 25+ global markets. Prior to founding Quirk Creative, Meryl built ad tech, start-up 6sense's brand from the ground up, helping secure $32 million in funding. She has been named in the Adweek Creative 100, The Drum 50 under 30, and has led Quirk to be recognized as Inc’s Fastest Growing Companies (2019) and Adweek’s Fastest Growing Agencies (2019). Meryl has been published in outlets including Forbes, Huffington Post and MediaPost.

Meryl Draper

Co-Founder, CEO
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Gaelan directs video ad campaigns and creative strategy for our clients. Recently, he directed the live-action film, "Blood, Sand and Gold" (2017 theatrical release), which was shot in six countries around the world. He has directed and worked on campaigns for Walmart, Uber, Spotify, Western Union, Williams Sonoma and others. His work has received awards including REGGIE - National Consumer Campaign, IAC - Outstanding Online Video, and W3 - Integrated Campaign, to list a few.

Gaelan Draper

Co-Founder, Executive Creative Director
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Born in the bayou, Armani Barron is an acclaimed production and visual designer. From video to experiential, she has immersed herself in a variety of mediums. Some of her most notable projects as a production designer and art director include, SELFISH, a self-help pop up experience, Women Of The Now’s short film Scutly, and the comedic web series All American Sex Offender.

Armani Barron

Art Director / Designer
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Emily is a Copywriter and New Jersey transplant. Emily began her career at mcgarrybowen New York where she worked on a range of clients like Audible, Burt’s Bees, Subway, Northrop Grumman, and Crayola. In 2017, she even got the honor of retiring a crayon color (RIP Dandelion), which earned her a Reggie Award. When she’s not dreaming up ads, Emily writes sketch comedy at the UCB Theater.

Emily Draper

Copywriter
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Sydney graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in advertising. She wants everyone to know that “Idaho is not in the Midwest,” and that “it’s not the same as Iowa.” Whatever you say, Syd! The fast pace of advertising and her craving for challenges initially drew her to this career path. She’s passionate about video production and people, which is why she loves being a Senior Account Executive at Quirk. On the weekends, she enjoys moseying around Manhattan—Americano in hand—in hopes of “running into” John Mulaney.

SYDNEY GIACOMAZZI

Senior Account Executive
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Many (many!) years ago Lindsay had the option of starting her career in new business at a digital agency, or going back to school for a masters in photography. New business won out and in a tale of two cities, she’s led growth for leading agencies in Boston and New York. Lindsay's favorite New York moment is sunset at the Met with the (not so now!) secret tip to go hours just before closing to enjoy the best views of the work and from the rooftop. Lindsay daydreams of having a dog named Dumpling or Pudding — share your vote!

LINDSAY GOLDSTEIN

Head of New Business
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Born on the east coast in Boston, Sam went on to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University with a degree in pre-law. At the start of her post-college career she considered going to law school, but the world had bigger plans. Sam moved out to the west coast of Southern California in 2019 and began her Marketing career with Primary, where she worked with some of the leaders in the Multifamily Real Estate industry. When she's not working she can be found shooting content for her Instagram and scouting out the best local coffee shops.

Samantha Miani

Growth & Marketing Associate Manager
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George is a Queens native and graduate from Hunter College CUNY. He studied media and creative writing before working in the world of video post production for nearly a decade. His career led him to Los Angeles but it was his new family and a desire to be home that brought him back to New York. Now a father, George spends most of his time away from work playing with his toddler and memorizing Sesame Street songs. He brings with him experience in various settings - from commercial trafficking to working with streaming platforms and agencies, George has worked the post production process from a few different angles. He also brings with him the patience and humor it takes to raise a kid.

George Morales

Post Production Coordinator
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A San Francisco native and graduate of NYU, Evelyn began her career working in the fashion industry. First hired as an assistant, she worked her way up to becoming a producer where she discovered her love of being on set. Before landing at Quirk, Evelyn spent a year in Japan teaching English then eventually returned to New York to work in food media production. In her spare time she likes to experiment with vegan cooking and entertain the idea of adopting a dog.

EVELYN NG

Production Coordinator
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Born in Guadalajara, Mexico (just like our sister agency), Chris currently lives in Brooklyn and has worked in the industry since graduating from Florida State University (capsule review: he majored in Marketing, Professional Sales, plus French, oh là là). Hot off the presses, Chris has been shortlisted for Campaign US, “Account Person of the Year”!

Chris combines keen attention to detail with genuine care for his clients. He started his career in B2B and managed the fully-integrated campaign for the debut of Spectrum Enterprise, upon the merger of Time Warner with Bright House Networks. After pivoting to consumer advertising, Chris has managed possibly every vertical. With his skills in the art of strategic and effective video advertising, he's increased engagement with Disney Princesses and converted users for Daily Harvest.

When he isn't at work, on set, or tending to his many house plants, you can probably find him at his local Bushwick bar fangirling over his favorite drag queen on stage (pre-COVID).

CHRIS QUESADA

Account Supervisor
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Wren leads the creative team and directs our video production from kickoff to final export. Some of the projects she’s led include Book of the Month, Nutrafol, Trade Coffee and TULA Skincare where the spots drove a 6x YoY increase for the brand. Business Insider named her a 2020 Rising Star of Madison Avenue for her leadership and ability to pivot. At the start of her career, Wren worked in the branding space, building many DTC wellness brands from the ground up. Her background in branding and her Communication Design degree from Parsons deeply inform her approach, and she loves bringing brands to life with video.

WREN SIEBER

Associate Creative Director
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Queens native Annmarie Stec holds a BA in TV & Radio, and has worked hundreds of freelance production jobs across the country. She started her Quirk career as a Production Assistant, and steadily worked her way up to Producer thanks to her innate knack for making things run on time. An avid TV and movie watcher, she regularly beats the rest of the office at pop culture trivia. She speaks fluent Polish and is learning French.

ANNMARIE STEC

Producer
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Ariel has been editing TV and digital ads at Quirk since 2017. She works closely with all aspects of post production, from color correction to sound design and animation to ensure all of our video dreams come to life. Prior to that she was part of a filmmaking team at Google called YouTube Director where she worked hands-on with dozens of small businesses to help them stand out.

Her love for video advertising began in her youth when she found commercials on TV far more entertaining than kids shows. By age 11, she and her brother would create ads with their family camcorder about random items they found around the house in Madrid, Spain, where she grew up.

Her favorite part of editing is finding the magical details that evoke that emotional spark for the viewer. When she’s not cutting away at her editing bay, Ariel enjoys riding her bike around Brooklyn, hiking in the Catskills, and being the proud mother of two cats and one tiny human.

ARIEL UTIN

Senior Editor
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LATIN AMERICA HQ

Guadalajara, MX

Our Guadalajara-based arm includes our Latin America production team and VFX lab--a testing ground for push-the-envelope motion graphics and animation.

Our Expertise

Light On Bureaucracy, Heavy On Creativity, Right On Brand.