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8 Millennium - A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine ADVERTISING, MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS as an executive creative director to run the New York Lottery, where he also created memorable work for Intel, NatGeo and Chick-fil-A. In 2017, he started his own firm, Grant Smith’s Comfy Chair, where he excelled as a freelancewriter and creative director. In 2019, he was offered the position of chief creative officer at Yamamoto in Minneapolis. Mr. Smith is especially proud of his work that became part of a pop culture, especially with AT&T and FedEx. Believing in the importance of having passion for your industry, he notes that “great work gets great results,” and he has found his professional niche. He maintains many professional affiliations, and in his spare time, he supports such organizations as Feeding America, the American Civil Liberties Union and the League of Pretentious Copywriters. As a testament to success, Mr. Smith has accrued a number of honors, including top awards from Cannes, Clio’s, Effies, AICP, The One Show, The Art Directors Club and DA&D. Interested in art from a young age, Grant Smith pursued a career in the arts. He received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and fine art from Southwestern University in 1990, followed by an MFA in studio arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Surprised to discover that the arts were not a lucrative career choice, he was prompted to enter advertising, and began serving as a copywriter for Cliff Freeman & Partners in 1999, where he worked on Fox Sports, Budget Car Rental and Hollywood Video. Remaining in that position until 2004, he subsequently served at BBDO New York as a writer and associate creative director for five years, working on Direct TV, FedEx, Red Stripe and Guinness beers, and In the following years, he founded Handsome Advertising Partnership, working directly with some of the nation’s best advertising agencies to develop more creatively robust work. Rejoining BBDO in 2011, Mr. Smith served as senior creative director and the lead creative on AT&T. He also contributed to several high-profile campaigns for FedEx, Visa, Snickers, Foot Locker and Mountain Dew. In 2015, he joined McCann NY GRANT SMITH CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER Yamamoto Excelsior, MN