Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 26, 2018 – Vladimir Jones (VJ), one of the original independent, integrated agencies in the United States, welcomes Nick Bayne as executive creative director and promotes Cody Gore to director of account services. The two will join VJ’s leadership team and together boost the agency’s reputation for functional collaboration between creative and account service teams.
“I’m thrilled to be joining such a smart, strong and savvy team, with extraordinary leadership,” said Nick Bayne, VJ’s new executive creative director. “It’s going to be wonderful to see what we’re all able to create together when creative is even more in sync with the media, strategy and account teams.”
Bayne joins VJ with more than a decade of experience on diverse brands including Samsung, Verizon, Visa, AT&T, Toyota, Oreo, Budweiser, IKEA, Tylenol, Degree, Smirnoff, DirecTV and others. Along the way, he and his teams have won industry awards including Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show Gold Pencil, Webbys, Facebook Blue Award, Shorty Awards and Effies.
Bayne’s hire and Gore’s promotion come on the heels of VJ’s talent additions and shifts to many disciplines critical to successful client programs, including insight, creative, digital, media planning and account management.
“The best work is the result of great creative combined with tangible strategic insights and deep knowledge of clients’ businesses,” said Cody Gore, VJ’s new director of account services, who has worked at all levels of account service since joining the company 13 years ago. “I’m humbled to lead, serve and continue doing great things for the agency and our clients.”
At VJ, Gore has supported category-breaking work for agency clients, exceeded his clients’ business goals, mentored strong account teams and led some of the agency’s largest clients, including Otter Products, Xcel Energy, Colorado Springs Utilities, Snowmass Tourism, Black Hills Energy and State of Nebraska Tourism Commission.
“This is a pivotal moment for our agency,” said Meredith Vaughan, CEO of VJ. “Simultaneously, we are welcoming a tenured individual who will inspire and challenge us and our clients in ways we don’t yet know are possible and promoting a remarkable professional whom we’ve nurtured from the very beginning, who’s always striving to be better. We look forward to the time ahead.”
Gore and Bayne will both join the VJ leadership team, which is focused on ensuring that clients are consistently engaged, work exceeds business goals, and the team is supported to ensure continued success in the industry.