Brandon Rochon, managing CCO at Kastner & Partners, and Robert Wong, VP, Google and co-founder of Google Creative Lab, are recipients of this year’s prestigious One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Awards. The honors were presented last night at the 13th Annual ADCOLOR Awards ceremony, taking place during the 2019 ADCOLOR Conference in Los Angeles.
The One Club | ADCOLOR Creative Award recognizes creative professionals of multicultural background who have demonstrated noteworthy talent and achievement within the media, creative, digital and traditional advertising disciplines. The honor is presented jointly by ADCOLOR, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, and The One Club for Creativity, the world’s foremost nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community,
“The One Club for Creativity has a long-standing commitment to providing global programming that helps solve the industry’s diversity problem as opposed to just talking about it,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club. “We’re very proud to work with ADCOLOR on this important award and thrilled to have such a well-deserved pair of recipients in Brandon Rochon and Robert Wong.”
Brandon Rochon began his career at New York agencies before spending five years at TBWA\Paris, where he worked on Absolut Vodka, McDonald’s, PlayStation, Heineken and Nissan. He then moved to Ogilvy Paris, where he was global creative director for Coke Zero as well as handling work for Louis Vuitton and Perrier.
In 2012, Rochon returned stateside to join Leo Burnett Chicago as SVP, global creative director on Samsung Electronics, and three years later continued west to Los Angeles where he became managing CCO at Kastner & Partners. Rochon also serves as co-founder/CCO at SNKR INC., a media brand representing global sneaker culture, and founder/CCO at Fluent, a venture-building innovation studio with the cultural impact of a lifestyle brand.
A designer by training, Robert Wong has been honored as a Master of Design by Fast Company and selected as one of the publication’s “50 Most Influential Designers in America”. In addition to being an elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale, he was an active board member of the Art Directors Club and has continued his involvement since the organization merged with The One Club in 2017. His work has been shown at exhibitions around the world, including the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Wong joined Google in 2008 to co-found Google Creative Lab, and became the first vice president at the company with an Art degree. Prior to Google, he was EVP, ECD at Arnold Worldwide, global creative director at Starbucks, EVP, ECD at marchFIRST and partner, ECD at CKS Group. He began his career as a creative director at Frankfurt Balkind Partners.
ADCOLOR is a not-for-profit 501(c) (6) organization whose mission is to celebrate and champion diversity in the creative industries. Our process is twofold. First, we help individuals and organizations RISE UP, letting their accomplishments and ideas shine. Then we teach these new leaders and would-be-mentors how to REACH BACK and find others who deserve to be noticed and promoted. Our goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who are here to support and uplift one another.
The One Club for Creativity, producer of The One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization whose mission is to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. The One Show is a top global awards show for advertising, design and digital marketing focusing on creativity of ideas and quality of execution. The global ADC Annual Awards honors creative excellence in craft, design and innovation across all disciplines. Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.