Independent creative agency Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners (RTO+P) welcomed creative director/art director Ron Villacarillo and associate creative director/copywriter Ben Levy by using the agency’s 3D printer to create pez dispensers in their likenesses.
Villacarillo will work closely with clients such as Dockers and Morningstar Farms to develop creative across various platforms, while also developing and mentoring junior talent. He arrives at RTO+P following a yearlong period as a freelance creative director and art director, working with agencies including The Martin Agency, Cossette, McCann New York, Grey New York and TBWA\Chiat\Day on brands such as McDonald’s, Microsoft and Gillette. Prior to that he spent a year as a creative director/art director with DDB Chicago, focusing on the agency’s Capital One account. Before that he spent just over a year with Saatchi & Saatchi New York as an associate creative director and art director, working with brands such as MillerCoors, Lenovo, Tide, Trident and Cheerios. That followed over four and a half years in the same position with The Martin Agency, during which time he worked with ESPN, Geico, Walmart, UPS, Microsoft and Pizza Hut.
Levy will be responsible for developing creative across all platforms for clients such as Planet Fitness, Speck, T. Rowe Price and Under Armour. He joins the agency from Havas Worldwide New York, where he spent the past two years serving as an associate creative director, working with clients including Keurig, Ritz Crackers, PayPal and Liberty Mutual Insurance. Prior to Havas he spent two and a half years at LBi/MRY as a senior copywriter/associate creative director, where his clients included Sony, Coca-Cola, K-Y, Jägermeister, Skype, and Band-Aid. For the past eight years he has also taught various classes at Miami Ad School.
To welcome the pair of creatives, the agency fired up its 3D printer and created pez dispensers bearing their resemblances (check out the video above to find out how). It’s not the first time RTO+P has come up with a creative welcome for new employees. In June, the agency welcomed its first CMO Hilary Craven with a custom video. Last year, RTO+P welcomed its first west coast vice president and group creative director Ryan Scott by creating a portrait with beach brush and crafted a totem pole for the arrival of eight new employees.