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George Zwierko

George Zwierko – Entrepreneur/Creative Director/Writer
Born in the Bronx, I spent most of my formidable years growing up surrounded by enough concrete to probably circle the globe 100 times. Well maybe not that much. As a teenager, I attended the High School of Art and Design and studied commercial art. After graduation, I attended Pratt with the dreams of becoming an Art Director. Still unsure of my own future, I decided to put it all behind me and I ran away with the circus, also known as the U.S. Army. I served our great country for seven eye-opening years in Germany as a Forward Observer with the 3rd Infantry Division. To this day, I still know the words to our Division song, "Dog Face Soldier". Trust me, not an easy song to forget.
When it came time for me to return stateside, I chose Tampa, Florida as my next stop and restarted my advertising career. I figured there was an equal number of New Yorkers living here, so why not! Eventually, I decided it was time for me to be my own boss and went on to open some of Tampa's most creative advertising agencies and multicultural firms. I've enjoyed helping clients enhance their brand's experience for everyone; well that's my elevator speech anyway. Over the next 20 years, I fine tuned my career as a creative professional. While at a prominent Tampa agency, I rose to the position of Creative Director and when the opportunity presented itself, I purchased the assets of the defunct Lipphardt Agency in 2001. My partner and I renamed the agency the Dutcher Group and served a variety of National and International clients. In 2006, I started Grupo D, a Hispanic marketing division of the Dutcher Group. My Latin and European heritage provide me with a cultural insight that has contributed to my success as a Creative Director and cultural strategist. In 2007, the success of Grupo D led me to spin-off an independent multicultural firm called Rumbo Cultural Marketing. Since then, I’ve opened Three Chairs Productions and Lot 1901 and honestly have already started talking about what’s next. Tom Preston-Werner the co-founder of Github once said, “When I’m old and dying, Iplan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,’ not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.’” That’s what happens when you get bit by the entrepreneurial bug.

Entrepreneurial Career:
Dutcher Group 2001 - 2007
GrupoD Multicultural 2006 - 2008
Rumbo Cultural Marketing (GrupoD) 2008 - Present
Three Chairs Productions 2013 - Present
Lot 1901 2014 - Present
1997 - 2015 Gold/Silver Local American Advertising Award(s)
1997 - 2015 Gold/Silver District American Advertising Award(s)
1999 Charlie - Best in Category District American Advertising Award
2000 - 2015 15 National Telly Award(s) - Broadcast Commercial Excellence
2011 Tampa Bay Business Buddies - Small Business of the Year
2012 W3 Award
2012 CUNA Diamond Award
2013-2014 District 4 American Advertising Federation Club/President of the Year
2013 National ADDY
2013 National OBIE
2014 ADDY Best of Show