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Shannon Gabor

CEO/Founder

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Shannon Gabor is the Founder, CCO, and entrepreneurial spirit behind Clever Creative.

With over two decades of experience, Shannon got her start in entertainment promotions for Burger King and 7-Eleven with Equity Marketing. She then went on to work at Mattel on global packaging design and licensing while living in Hong Kong for a year.

Driven by curiosity and a desire to make work that matters, Shannon oversees the new business strategy as well as the direction and growth of Clever Creative, capitalizing on her understanding of what compels a brand to hire an agency and what an agency needs to do to make that brand a success.

Shannon is utilizing her experience and strength as a female entrepreneur to mentor the next generation of creative thinkers through the Step Up Women’s Network and has served on the Advisory Board of Peace First. Currently, she’s serving on the Los Angeles Boards of Directors for AIGA as an advocate of design.

She received her BFA from the University of Southern California where she honed her passion for both sides of the creative coin by majoring in Fine Arts and minoring in Public Relations and Communications. Shannon taught Creative Brainstorming and Concepting at Otis College of Art and Design, sharing her experience and enthusiasm for left-brain versus right-brain thinking.

Justine Smith

Director of Operations

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Justine oversees and manages all factors of project health at Clever for our clients and their brands. Her extensive background in project management, digital and print production, integrated marketing partnerships, and events allows her to lead from a wealth of experience.

Her experience ranges from technology (Yahoo! Music) to nonprofit (Global Green USA) and education (SCI-Arc). Fostering clear communication and understanding the flow of each project phase are key to Justine’s natural talent for guiding the overall process and delivering exceptional client service.

Michelle Seekamp

Director of Strategy

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Michelle oversees Strategy at Clever with equal parts creativity and analytical thinking. With a background in the world of high-growth startups, Michelle has led internal marketing, digital content strategy, and content efforts across a broad range of verticals including entertainment, fintech, hospitality, home furnishings, and lifestyle brands.

A creative by training and curious by nature, clients connect with Michelle’s hands-on collaborative style and a knack for coming up with smart, strategic solutions fast. She leads a team of seasoned copywriters, researchers, content producers, and strategists ready to take on any challenge.

Dan Golden

Creative Director

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With a background in both art and conceptual design, Dan brings a unique vision, focus, and clarity to client work. Before joining Clever, Dan served as VP, Creative Director for Knock Knock and as Creative Director for Laboratory. Under his eponymous studio, Dan has designed products and campaigns for international brands such as Crate & Barrel, Swarovski Crystal, ArcLight Cinemas, and Odegard Carpets. He has been an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Art and Design and a Design Mentor for the Cooper Hewitt. Accolades include numerous features in publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Fast Company.

Emily Zarnow

Art Director / Photographer

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Emily brings high value experience in design specifically in digital and identity systems in addition to print and mobile app design. Her top-rate creative leadership at Clever make her an effective client liaison as she pushes our team daily to deliver compelling work to each of our clients. Emily’s creative vision behind the camera lens has provided effective photography solutions for a host of our client’s brands. Her brand experience includes time spent in-house as well as at agencies like Steelhouse, and Lunchbox where she worked on global brands such as Kraft Foods, Walmart, Purina, and Johnson & Johnson.

We bring brands

home.

A proven approach to branding.

What if brands were more human? It’s the question we answer for our clients everyday. As an independent female-led agency with over 15 years of experience we leverage our expertise to connect real humans to honest brands.

We show brands warmth, asking what they believe and listening to what they say. Then we spend time gathering insights and creating everything a brand needs to express itself. Because at the end of the day, we don’t create brands and send them out into the wild. We bring brands home.

We are Clever.
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SHANNON GABOR

CCO/Founder

Justine Smith Director of Operations

Justine Smith

Director of Operations

Michelle Seekamp

Director of Strategy

Dan Golden

Creative Director

Emily Zarnow

Art Director / Photographer

Meredith Godwin-Kresge

Senior Designer

Sherry Rezvani

Accounting Supervisor

Mai Nguyen

Office Manager

Golden Rules

Stay Curious

No client archetype means we get to know consumers across verticals. We carry this deep understanding into every project, creating meaningful connections between brands and their audiences.

Dare To Be Daring

Go out on a limb. Take a dive, headfirst, and come out stronger, weirder, better for it. Who knows? Your creative courage may rub off on someone else.

Always Kind

What can we say, we were raised with good manners. It’s evident in how we show up for each other and our clients, in the genuine warmth of our work, and built into the walls of our creative cabin. Are you our people?

Clever In Quotes

It’s in our people & our work; frankly we think it’s in the water.

Shannon, CEO/Founder

Did you know Scooby Doo’s real name is Scoobert Doobert?

Schessa, Designer

Stuart, dog in residence, makes most of the important decisions.

Mark, Project Manager

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