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Russell W. Volckmann III
TOPLINE: Seasoned strategic thinker, creative designer, and storyteller. Helping organizations create epic brand experiences that get traction, stories that spread, designs that inspire. Wise strategies that move organizations, companies, and people toward the ROI they most aspire. A hopeful brand romantic.
SPECIALTIES: Storytelling. Storydoing. Communications. Design. Digital. Analytics—Making sense of the numbers. Distilling complexities into clear ideas that spark hearts, minds and spirits. Brand identity, transformation, experience.
Romantic founder Russell Volckmann has helped create exceptional brands—and tell their stories in iconic ways for over 20 years. As brand strategist, designer, and digital brand guru to entrepreneurs, non-profits, global and Fortune 500 companies, your business will benefit from his deep and wide knowledge and wisdom honed from his many winning brand adventures. Russell brings insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm in his dedication to helping your brand grow.
With far-flung background as ocean-enthusiast, rock climber, writer and travel-adventurer, prior exploits include: TV guest-host; Co-creating an award-winning photo-documentary on Alcatraz Island; Television and advertising motion animator; Director/ strategy/ design for top agencies such as Ikonic, Landor, Organic, Origami and FCB; Aerospace and satellite tech at Hewlett-Packard; Musician-songwriter with a #1 song in Europe; Swim instructor and lifeguard; And investigative reporting for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
Russell’s received the Businessman of the Year Award by the United States Congressional Business Advisory Council in honor of Top Business Leaders. And in case you Googled him, yes he’s the grandson of Brigadier General Russell W. Volckmann, Sr., founder of the US Special Forces.
Find Michael anywhere it seems—in features and interviews in Europe, Asia and North America: How Magazine, Print Magazine, The Korean Herald, Photo District News, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Examiner, CNN, FOX, and Crier Today, Applied Arts Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Público, Bravo, BBC, and Graphis.
Michael will tell you his many awards are not the most important aspect of the work he loves. Rather, he enjoys building relationships between companies and customers. He is passionate about businesses, what makes them succeed, and studying how people perceive businesses and their products—especially why people buy. In fact, his work has inspired people to buy between 7% and 1000% more from companies and organizations such as Merck, Canadian National Railways, IMS Health, Constellation Wines, DFV Wines, Bishop’s University, Concordia University, National Bank, McGill University Hospital Center, Fruits & Passion, Power Corporation, McCain Foods.
Michael’s Chinese name, branded by his grandmother, means “Creative Prosperity”—we think an apt name for a Creative Director. Following graduation from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Michael worked with Zürich’s prominent design firm Gottschalk & Ash. He has traveled to over 100 cities around the world, plus acquired branding experience in Europe, the U.S. and Africa, bringing a global outlook to all client projects. Michael is honored with many national and international creative design awards.