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Tom Ortega

First Place Board Member; RIESTER Chief Creative Officer

Tom is chief creative officer and partner at RIESTER, an independent advertising agency with offices in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Park City, Washington, D.C. and New York City. He oversees the development of all creative services, including print and broadcast. Tom is also a contemporary artist. Over the years, his work has been shown from Arizona, Texas and Colorado to Guadalajara, France and Bulgaria. His work has also been included in various publications. Previous employment includes senior copywriter at Phillips-Ramsey/McCann-Erickson in Phoenix and copywriter at Crume and DBG&H, both in Dallas.

Tom’s work has earned various creative honors, with inclusion in Communication Arts Advertising and Design Annuals and Graphis International Advertising Annual. He has also received various local, regional and national ADDY advertising awards in recognition of being among the best in his markets. He has also been a past sponsor of SARRC’s Annual Community Breakfast and championed employing interns with ASD.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

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