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About

Let’s be clear here. We’re an advertising agency. We make things that surprise and delight the world. But our focus is also on helping clients tackle their hairiest business problems, not just their advertising challenges.

We’re about people first – the best talent teamed with the bravest clients. We don’t have a hit list of brands we want to go after. Instead, we have a list of people we’d kill to work with, again or for the first time.

We’re looking for courageous souls and fearless thinkers more interested in making history than repeating it, all in pursuit of work that both drives business results and leaves a dent in culture.

People

Rick Condos and
Hunter Hindman

Chief Creative Officers

Rick and Hunter are responsible for making sure that every person in the company understands that they play a creative role, and all have a responsibility in helping to craft the world-class executions they produce for clients.
Their partnership began 10 years ago at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. Rick had moved from New York and Hunter from Dallas to work on the +HP campaign. Over the next decade, they’ve never looked back, splitting time between GS&P and Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam.
At GS&P, their responsibilities included helping to run HP, both during the “+HP” effort and “The Computer is Personal” Campaign. For Frito-Lay, they shepherded Doritos’ Crash The Super Bowl (now in its 7th year) and Hotel 626 (widely regarded as one of the most innovative digital efforts of the 2000’s). Under their guidance, they grew the Frito-Lay business from just Doritos to a portfolio including Cheetos, Fritos, Tostitos, Ruffles and Rold Gold. They ran the Chevrolet account. And they pitched and won Dickies, TD Ameritrade and Cisco, repositioning each of those brands with dynamic integrated campaigns. During their tenure, GS&P won Agency of the Year three times (twice in AdWeek, once in AdAge), Digital Agency of the Year at Cannes, and Agency of the Decade in AdWeek.
At Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, they pitched and won Coca-Cola’s global business, launching “The Coke Side of Life” campaign with the widely awarded “Happiness Factory” entertainment property. The campaign ran in 191 countries and was adopted and built on by every region. During their two years abroad they also helped launch Nike+ in Europe.
Throughout their time together, they’ve won lots of awards (Cannes, The One Show, Art Director’s Club, D&AD, Epica, AICP, etc.) and their work has regularly appeared in both the international and domestic press. They’ve made a bunch of Super Bowl spots for many different clients. They were named two of the top 20 creative directors worldwide by Creativity magazine, while also twice winning Campaign of the Year honors in the same publication. Further, they were awarded International Campaign of the year by Campaign magazine and received the prestigious Vision award by the New York Art Director’s Guild.
Together, they have a collective 36 years of experience as creatives.
They also share an irrational love of automobiles. Hunter’s obsession runs much deeper, and is much more costly than Rick’s, but the education continue.
People

Max Heilbron

Head of Strategy

Having no silos when it comes to strategy makes for smarter, more holistic work. As Head of Strategy at ARGONAUT, Max brings an integrated approach to problem solving that few agencies can mimic. He spent the last decade at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, mastering every aspect of the strategic arts: media buying, media planning, communication strategy, and brand strategy. His ability to work across all strategic disciplines is unique in the industry: he's as happy being swaddled in creative briefs or wrapped up in media plans. He grunts quietly when he's thinking hard, which is often.
During his 10 years at GS&P he was recognized across the strategic spectrum (Effies, Media Lions, David Oglivy Awards, Jay Chiat Awards, Creative Media Awards) for work on clients such as Frito-Lay, NBA, eBay, Kayak.com, and Foster Farms. His past experience includes clients such as Saturn, Hyundai, Elizabeth Arden, Got Milk, Häagen-Dazs, Dreyer’s, Google, Comcast, Sonic Drive-In, Nickelodeon, Cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos, and Fritos – all of the –itos, actually. It’s fair to say he’s an –ito expert.
Max lives in San Francisco with his dog Meatball.
People

Katie Miller

Head of Brand Management

As Head of Brand Management, Katie is responsible for re-imagining how ARGONAUT approaches the client/agency relationship. Her passion for creating trusted relationships that lead to groundbreaking work is infectious. She is tireless in her dedication to both our growing agency and our trusted clients, always pushing both to get world-class work that delivers world-class results.
Prior to joining ARGONAUT, Katie ran TD Ameritrade, Sonic Drive-In and Frito-Lay at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
For TD Ameritrade, she oversaw three major re-branding initiatives: the Long Term Investor-targeted “Financial Storytelling” campaign, the fully integrated 2012 Olympics brand campaign, and the Elite Trader-targeted thinkorswim campaign. Together, these efforts helped transform the brand from being known for the “Law & Order guy” to one that was more human and trusted, generating measurable business results that surpassed yearly open-account goals.
On Frito-Lay, Katie ran the $120 million all-natural effort to promote the 'better for you' transformation of the Tostitos, Lays and SunChips brands. This campaign successfully shifted brand perceptions, while also resulting in a Guinness World Record for “most number of Facebook fan likes in 24 hours" within Zynga's Farmville platform.
Prior to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Katie oversaw the Kellogg’s kids cereal business at Leo Burnett in Chicago. There she managed the strategy and development of the first-ever Super Bowl spot for a kids’ cereal brand (via the Frosted Flakes Plant-a-Seed initiative) and helped reverse a decade’s worth of sales declines for Kellogg’s Corn Pops by leading an Effie award-winning campaign that overcame perceptions among tweens that the cereal just tasted like corn.
In her spare time, Katie likes to play the guitar, tickle the ivories, and, also, she eats enough red meat to compensate for the surplus of vegetarians in San Francisco. (She’s from Kansas.)
People

Maura Menapace

Head of Culture & Talent

As Head of Culture & Talent, Maura oversees all aspects of our agency life here at ARGONAUT. Leading everything from staffing & recruitment to agency events and operations, she keeps a hawkish eye on our growing agency. Her principle responsibility is making sure that as we grow, we are making thoughtful choices that will further the growth and development of our people.
A former Account Director, Maura understood the ARGONAUT vision from day one and after several months of leading the agency’s early accounts, we knew that there was no one that would be more perfect for this vital role. She has been an instrumental part of our growth and her passion for the agency is contagious.
Before ARGONAUT, Maura spent four years at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, as the Global Account Director across various brands in the Frito Lay portfolio including Doritos, Cheetos, and Ruffles. Prior to that, she held account leadership roles on iconic brands such as Pepsi, Pepsi Max, and The GRAMMYs, at TBWA\Chiat\Day\LA , and Volkswagen at Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
Maura lives in San Francisco where she can be found trying out any and all hot workout trends or rewarding herself with a mimosa brunch.
People

Heath Tohara

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Heath does so much more than make sure we make money (although thankfully, he does a bang-up job of that). His real passion lies in unlocking the true market value of creativity and ideas. And the way he does that is by believing in the spirit of negotiation, and partnering with clients to ensure they’re feeling happy about the value they’re getting from the agency. Because happy clients = happy balance sheet = happy Heath.
Heath joins ARGONAUT with over 12 years of experience successfully managing finance and accounting teams. He has worked in various types of agencies, from traditional to digital, ranging in size from rapid growth VC backed start-ups, to highly mature international organizations. Most recently, Heath held the Director of Finance role at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. He brings a hands-on, roll up your sleeves attitude to any task at hand, and especially enjoys working in the fast-paced, intensely collaborative environment of highly creative agencies.
Although Heath loves number crunching, he is most passionate about his wife and extended family. He and his wife, Patricia, live in San Francisco, where they enjoy spoiling their two nieces and five nephews.
Work

Dodge

Fitbit

Cricket Wireless

Brookside

Volkswagen

Appleton Estate

News

Creativity: July 12th, 2016
Creativity features Cricket’s new musical anthem as Editor’s Pick of the Day... See full article

Ad Age: January 25th, 2016
Ad Age names ARGONAUT as one of its agencies to watch in 2016... See full article

ADWEEK: January 25th, 2016
ARGONAUT believes in giving employees the space to find things that inspire... See full article

Ad Age: January 7th, 2016
ARGONAUT brings sweat and swagger to the forefront in its latest global campaign for Fitbit... See full article

Forbes: December 8th, 2015
Forbes dubs ARGONAUT the agency to watch in 2016... See full article

Ad Age: November 16, 2015
For the second year in a row, ARGONAUT is named one of Ad Age's Best Places to Work, moving up to number 7 this year... See full article

Ad Age: November 10, 2015
ARGONAUT nabs two acclaimed creatives, naming Ashworth and Kim Executive Creative Directors... See full article

Ad Age: September 3rd, 2015
ARGONAUT aims to make MetLife “iconic” after being awarded global creative duties... See full article

MediaPost: August 27th, 2015
In its inaugural effort for Hershey Co., ARGONAUT helps Brookside get chatty with fans’ social chatter... See full article

Fast Company: May 18th, 2015
Fitbit has launched its new brand campaign with a healthy, light-hearted rom-com of an ad... See full article

Ad Age: April 24th, 2015
Hershey Co. is adding three new agencies to its roster after completing a creative review that began in January... See full article

Fast Company: February 4th, 2015
Fitbit is partnering with hunger relief organization, Feeding America, in a giving program whereby the more exercise participants do, the more benefit there is for people in need... See full article

Ad Age: November 17th, 2014
Argonaut is the kind of hip San Francisco shop that emphasizes collaboration and a flat structure. "The chief creative officer will actually clean the dishes and help out around the office," one employee said... See full article

ADWEEK: August 12th, 2014
Jamaica's Appleton Rum Gets Gritty in New Ads The 265-year old estate shows off people, pride, rum barrels - The budget-friendly rum category doesn’t have many choices liable to leave the buyer feeling like he’s just bought something artisanal... See full article

New York Times: January 30th, 2014
High Stakes for Agencies, and Products, at Super Bowl - On Sunday, the stakes will be high for the sponsors of Super Bowl XLVIII, but for some the stakes are higher than for others.... See full article

FAST COMPANY: January 28th, 2014
VW Takes an Angelic Turn for the Super Bowl - ARGONAUT was awarded this high-profile job after being invited to pitch on VW’s return to the Super Bowl... See full article

ADWEEK: January 21st, 2014
Volkswagen Pledges to Put Everything You Love in One Super Bowl Ad For science - If you like puppies, bikinis, babies, dinosaurs, pirates, Carmen Electra and Abraham Lincoln, then have I got the Super Bowl ad teaser for you... See full article

New York Times: March 5th, 2013
San Francisco’s Thriving Agency Start-Up Scene - PEOPLE in the advertising business need not head to an amusement park if they feel like riding a roller coaster. All they have to do is... See full article.

Adweek: March 5th, 2013
Goodby Alumni Launch ARGONAUT in S.F. New shop is backed by Project Worldwide - Meet ARGONAUT, the latest San Francisco agency to be launched by alumni of Goodby... See full article.

SF Egotist: March 5th, 2013
Meet your newest SF agency - ARGONAUT. - There's a new agency in town - ARGONAUT. It includes ECD team Rick Condos and Hunter Hindman from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners... See full article.

Yahoo! Finance: March 5th, 2013
New Advertising Agency ARGONAUT Launches. - Creatives Hunter Hindman and Rick Condos Join With Industry Veteran Jordan Warren and Team to Build New Model... See full article.

Contact

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