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2000 OBIE Judges

Rick Colby – Chief Judge
Colby Effler & Partners

Rick Colby is president/executive creative director of Colby Effler & Partners. CE&P was formed less than three years ago and has quickly grown to $70 million in billings, 11 clients and 60 people. Colby’s work has been honored nationally and internationally in virtually every major awards show and he has been featured in Adweek, Advertising Age, Los Angeles Business Journal, and E! Entertainment Television among other forums.

David Bernstein
Kelland Communications

David Bernstein is managing partner of Kelland Communications. Bernstein has been a copywriter, agency TV producer, then creative director of three international agencies, before starting The Creative Business whose client list was dubbed “The Who’s Who of British Marketing.” In his capacity at Kelland Communications, he advises companies on communications, internal and external. An occasional playwright, Bernstein is author of six books, including “Advertising Outdoors: Watch this Space, a critique of advertising outdoors.”

Michael Grieco
N.W. Ayer 

Michael Grieco is executive VP and group creative director for N.W. Ayer, and has created successful ad campaigns for some of the agency’s biggest accounts--AT&T, DeBeers and Folgers, among them. He leads the N.W. Ayer team responsible for the “Work Hard, Fly Right” campaign for Continental Airlines. A recipient of numerous advertising awards, Grieco created a poster design now part of the permanent collection in the Cooper Union Museum.

Rob Richards
Eller Media Company

Rob Richards is senior vice president and national creative director for Phoenix-based Eller Media Company. An artist and creative director in the OOH industry since 1984, Richards has helped shape countless OOH campaigns nationwide. An accomplished illustrator for trade journals and magazines, Richard’s work has been published in Communication Arts and Gotcha! The Art of the Billboard. He has been honored at the ADDY Awards and was recently awarded a Prisma at the American Institute of Graphic Artists show.

Charlie Robb
Smith & Robb Advertising 

Charlie Robb is creative director and partner of Smith & Robb Advertising, the brains behind the “God Speaks” billboards of 1999. Robb began his career as a writer at Ketchum Communications in Pittsburgh. He then worked for a number of agencies in Chicago including BBDO, Cunningham & Walsh and Foote, Cone & Belding, creating campaigns for Harris/Lanier, Kraft Miracle Whip, Lucky Strike International, Molson Export Beer, and Zenith among others.

Rick Robinson
Infinity Outdoor 

Rick Robinson is Infinity Outdoor's national creative director, tall wall provocateur, and preacher of the billboard gospel. A true industry ambassador and an artist in his own right, Robinson has taken his "Urban Gallery" show from Venezuela to Belgium to numerous markets across the United States. He recently opened a solo sculpture exhibit in Venice Beach, CA. With over 15 years in the business, Rick is a sought-after voice on the lecture circuit, sharing the creative power of OOH advertising with universities and advertising clubs.

David Yacullo
Outdoor Services

As president and CEO of the largest OOH media management company in the US, David Yacullo has helped build Outdoor Services into an industry power house. With billings in excess of $375 million, Outdoor Services works with clients such as Bank of America, Chrysler/Dodge, Disney, Nestle, Nextel, and Nike. Yacullo has worked with Outdoor Services for more than 11 years in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, before moving to New York last year.