Hi, my name is Nicolas Mejia. Nicolas, without the 'h.'
75% of the people think my accent is Italian, 10% think it's French and the rest think it's just nice.
I'm a creative director/writer, bike commuter, weekend drummer, street art and sneaker collector, and Instructor at the Chicago Portfolio School. I’m originally from Bogotá, Colombia.
My journey in advertising started back in 2000 when I started my own digital shop back when nobody really knew what digital was all about. I’ve worked at Lowe/SSP3, BBDO both Colombia and Chicago, Leo Burnett, also both Colombia and Chicago, Saatchi & Saatchi LA and Ogilvy & Mather USA.
With over fifteen years of experience, I have specialized in concept development and integrated solutions for Fortune 500 brands, including SCJ, Toyota, P&G, Allstate, Directv, GM, Sony, Renault, Anheuser-Busch InBev and McDonald's.
My work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Adweek, Creativity, AdAge, FWA, Archive Magazine and Communication Arts, and has also been recognized by almost every major advertising award show including Cannes Lions, London International Festival, Clio Awards, One Show, Shark Awards, New York Festival, Effies, Fiap, El Ojo de Iberoamerica, El Sol, Wave Festival, USH and The Addys among others.
I’m a storyteller. I know how to connect with people because I’ve been doing it successfully for years. Beyond traditional media, my work effectively spans all new and innovative marketing platforms. I have a passion for strong visual language and innovation-driven creativity when it comes to any new assignment.
Currently at Ogilvy, I'm a Creative Director of Global Brands such as Kiwi Quality Shoe Care and Mr. Muscle and lead for the City of Chicago account working directly with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
During my free time I split myself doing an Executive MBA on Creative Leadership with the Berlin School and running Flagged Wonders: an art collective in a constant quest to find the coolest street art and share it with the world.
November 2015 - Present: Creative Director | Ogilvy USA
January 2015 - Present: Instructor Chicago Portfolio School
June 2014 - November 2015: ACD | Energy/BBDO Chicago
June 2013 - June 2014: ACD | Saatchi & Satchi Conill Los Angeles
January 2010 - June 2013: Senior Copywriter | Leo Burnett Lapiz Chicago
January 2008 - August 2009: Senior Copywriter | Leo Burnett Colombia
February 2007 - January 2008: Copywriter | Sancho/BBDO Colombia
December 2004 - February 2007: Copywriter | Lowe/SSP3 Colombia
December 2001 - June 2004: Creative Director/Partner | Blur Interactive
1 Gold Cannes Lion
1 Silver Cannes Lion
3 Bronze Cannes Lions
41 Cannes Lions Shortlists
2 Gold London International Awards
1 Silver London International Awards
1 Gold Clio Awards
9 Silver Clio Awards
4 Bronze Clio Awards
2 One Show Merit
1 Gold New York Festival
1 Silver New York Festival
1 Silver Epica Awards
2 Webby Awards
3 Gold Addy
12 Silver Addy
7 Bronze Addy
2 Silver Wave Awards
1 Bronze Wave Awards
FWA Mobile App of the Day
1 Gold USH Idea Award
1 Gold Fiap
1 Silver Fiap
1 Bronze Fiap
2 Silver Ojo de Iberoamérica
2 Bronze Ojo de Iberoamérica
1 Bronze El Sol Festival
3 Gold Effie
1 Silver Effie
1 Bronze Effie
2 Gold Fip
1 Silver Fip
Grand Prix Nova Festival de la Publicidad Colombiana
2 Print Campaigns Published In Archive Magazine
1st Place Gunn Report Cannes Lions Sweepstakes 2012
5th Place Gunn Report Cannes Lions Sweepstakes 2013
Leo Burnett Chicago Cannes Predictions Winner 2011
Leo Burnett Colombia Cannes Predictions Winner 2008
Leo Burnett Worldwide Star Reacher 2012