"I'm Paul Venables, founder and creative director or Venables Bill and Partners advertising agency in San Francisco. How do I inspire my employees? By believing in them. It's that simple. Thank you for your time." -- Paul Venables
Tis' The Season: Generosity, Inspiration, and Renewing Spirits
Paul Venables is the proud Founder and Creative Director of a hot independent west coast ad agency by the name of Venables Bell & Partners. If Venables were here talking with you right now, he would surely point out that the agency's big, sweeping, trademark-able philosophy has nothing to do with buzz generation, media agnosticism or content creation, but is simply our intentions are good.
Those good intentions have helped Venables and his partners attract 150 of the nicest, most talented people you'll find in advertising as well as big-time clients like Audi, HBO, Barclays, Intel, The Coca-Cola Company, ConAgra Foods and ConocoPhillips. He has no doubt a cause and effect is at work there.
Doing right by people also seems to result in odd hunks of metal and Lucite showing up at the agency in the form of Cannes, D&AD, One Show, Webby, Communication Arts, Addy, Andy, Kelly and EFFIE awards.
Prior to opening VB&P in 2001, Venables was Co-Creative Director, Associate Partner and heir apparent of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. By the end of his six plus years there he was running over $400 million in business and had won various and sundry industry awards for clients like Pacific Bell, Discover Card, Porsche, Bell Helmets, Nike, Polaroid, Netflix, HotBot and SBC.
Venables was also an Associate Creative Director at Korey, Kay & Partners, a copywriter at McCaffrey and McCall and, at the start of his career, a telephone receptionist at a small New York agency. He had attempted to start as a telephone receptionist at a big New York agency, but failed their typing tests.