THE STORYWIZE CREW
We're a small but mighty bunch who are passionate about branding, writing, and design. Our years of diverse professional experiences come together in a magical way to help you build the perfect brand. We are a sharp bunch of storytellers who can't wait to work with you on your next branded project.
Founder, Creative Director
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Charlie has over 15 years experience creative directing teams of talented people in the persistent pursuit of new stories and ideas that he then molds into killer brand stories that generate lots of money. He's built and lead award-winning creative teams in the creation of brand storytelling projects for many top consumer brands, including Hallmark Cards, Crayola, Lee Jeans, Jockey, Kodak, MetLife, Hostess Twinkies, DIY Network, Nickelodeon, Duncan Yo-Yos, Better Homes & Gardens, Kohl's, JanSport/Eastpak, and Sprint.
Being a Creative Director and Brand Storyteller seems to suit him best as he's always curious and loves to try new things. He started his college years and early career as a former playwright, screenwriter, copywriter, actor, singer, graphic designer, set designer, costumer, packaging designer, editorial cartoonist, game designer, programmer, dance instructor and violinist - not necessarily in that order. He also had a brief and strange stint as a professional clown which is in itself odd as he's terribly afraid of them.
Still curious about Charlie? Click here to view his portfolio or here to read testimonials from people who've worked with him.
Business Development Director
A nearly native of Kansas City, Courtney spent her earliest year in Illinois. She earned her degree in Psychology and has been a business development professional for over 15 years, happily helping companies achieve successful growth. Working for one of the world's top liquor companies, she worked with over 267 line brands and managed 50 sales people. Her passionate commitment to customer satisfaction guarantees a wonderful experience and she also has a sharp ability to assess client needs and recommend the perfect solution.
Brand storytelling and marketing are in her genes as her father was a successful advertising guru. For Lays he penned the famous line "Bet you can't eat just one" and was also the mind behind Dr. Pepper's catchy "I'm a Pepper, you're a Pepper..." slogan. But primarily she gained a drive to always seek out new ideas and experiences like playing in a symphony, becoming a yoga nut, or coaching tennis.
Senior Design & Communications Specialist
A native of Paris, France, Philippe is a skilled designer who also happens to have a PhD in cellular biology. His background in academic science research combined with his skills in scientific illustration and graphic design make for a very unique artistic perspective. Being a scientist with years of research experience has some distinct advantages as he can very quickly understand complex concepts and translate them into compelling and easy-to-understand marketing communications.
Always on the lookout for great creative stories, Spot can be found working tirelessly on various social media outlets, getting the word out about branding and content marketing. Okay, so he's not really on the payroll, or actually a person, but he's super cute so we just had to include him.