Judges

Meghan Smith

Content Writer, GS&F

Meghan SmithMeghan worked in public relations and marketing for Atlanta-based clients including the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Aquarium, SweetWater Brewing Company, Music Midtown, Netherworld Haunted House and the Grady Health Foundation. During that time, she also freelanced as a social media manager for a morning show radio personality.

Since moving to Nashville and joining the world of advertising as a writer, she has won both local and regional gold ADDYs, including Nashville’s Overall Best of Show last year. But the accomplishment that she is the most proud of is taking home the superlative for “Most Likely to be Seen at the Snack Jar” at the 2015 office Christmas party. She is so glad her coworkers were able to see her unyielding dedication to afternoon treats.

In her free time, Meghan volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, trolls travel deals on the internet and watches the Atlanta Falcons #riseup every Sunday.

Mitch Powers

Founding Partner / CEO, iostudio

Mitch PowersEven before finishing his first year of college, Mitch realized he was strongly drawn to the rapidly evolving world of media and advertising. The thrill of watching ideas brought to life captured his imagination, and has helped define his career path ever since.

Mitch hit the ground running after graduation. Spending a decade as an advertising copywriter and creative director, he racked up both awards and valuable experience. Because the tradecraft and technology of graphic arts always held a fascination for Mitch, he went on to help launch one of the world’s first digital service bureaus from Nashville, TN. There, Mitch inspired and trained hundreds of technologists and graphic artists, and even business owners, to push the boundaries of desktop publishing during a time of explosive growth.

Moving into interactive design and development technologies turned out to be a natural extension of his career in publishing and communication arts. Here too, he pushed boundaries at a critical point in the evolution of an important new medium, but he never let go of the basics that he believes make communication work in any medium: a compelling message served up by an engaging design, carefully crafted with an insistence that the technology remain as transparent as possible.

Today, Mitch oversees strategic direction and business development for his award-winning and nationally recognized creative communications company. iostudio, like its founder, is guided by a foundation in steadfast communication principles and a love for best-practice, modern technology. iostudio’s mission is to create meaningful, authentic experiences that empower and enrich people’s lives—all while demonstrating measurable results for its clients, among whom are the Army National Guard, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the State of Tennessee.

Jon Arnold

Executive Creative Director / SVP, BOHAN

Jon ArnoldJon began his career in 1994 at TBWA Chiat/Day St. Louis, before spending eight years as art director at CORE. In that time, Jon created award-winning work for clients including Panera, Miller Brewing and Panoz Auto Development. The work he helped create elevated CORE’s profile to one of GRAPHIS’s Top 10 Most Creative Agencies in the World. Since then, Jon was at Mullen NC where he worked on Wachovia and Junior Johnson Moonshine. Jon now resides in Nashville where he works as SVP/ECD at BOHAN Advertising, which was named 2014 Southeast Small Agency of the Year. His work has garnered recognition from Communication Arts, Athena, Lurzer’s Archive, GRAPHIS and The Drum. Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and their eleven-year-old daughter.