Charlie is a purveyor of attention. He helps growing brands stand out from the clutter.
He opened the doors on Curve Detroit Advertising, Marketing & Design after being thrown out of several well respected ad agencies. As a writer, designer and strategist, he has delivered blue sky ideas and bottom line results for blue chip local and national clients.
When he's not building brands, you'll find Charlie inspiring, educating and entertaining business audiences with his lively keynote presentations on social networking, branding, marketing and motivation. He helps smart companies stay on top of what's new, what's now and what's next in the world of business.
He recently put together the first TEDxDetroit with the help of some cool friends (planning is underway for the next TEDx). He also carves out a little time for Motor City Connect, a Detroit-based social network and professional development organization he helped create.
Charlie loves ice cream, downhill skiing as fast as possible and the feel of Lake Michigan sand between his toes. His dislikes include poorly designed billboards, speed limits and people who flick cigarette butts out the window. He's happily married to his unhappily married wife, Elena. They have two young sons with wild imaginations and boundless energy and one lazy cat.
In a past life, Charlie was the lead singer of Brave New World and a terrible stand-up comic. He loves skiing, softball, hiking, tennis and despite his better judgment, the Detroit Lions.
He dreams of Detroit as the alternative energy capital of the globe - transforming from the city that drives the world to the city that powers the world. He sees a day when America doesn't import a drop of oil.
Areas of Expertise -
Marketing Strategy, Creative, Design, Advertising, Packaging, Branding, Corporate Identify, Online Communities, Social Networks, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, GoWalla and other Social Media.