Mike Gambino has worked in marketing such as BBDO, DDB and McCann, since 1995. He’s created campaigns for many of the world’s great brands like Visa, FedEx, Coca-Cola, Bud Light, McDonald’s, Mars, AT&T, and Verizon, winning virtually every award, including the Gold Cannes Lion, Gold One Show Pencils, D&AD Pencils and even a few Effie Awards. His Visa commercial, Broadway Tribute, was nominated for the EMMY Award.
Mike cut his teeth at DBB Chicago, working on McDonald's and the Make it a Bud Light campaign.
After DDB, Mike served a stint at McCann, as a senior art director on the launch of the famous MasterCard Priceless campaign.
Then, for eight years at BBDO, Mike worked primarily on the Visa “It’s everywhere
you want to be” campaign, and its many sponsorship campaigns for the Olympics, the
NFL, the TONY Awards, the Triple Crown, and NASCAR. While at BBDO, he also worked
M&Ms, and Milky Way for Mars, AOL, Armstrong flooring, and the New York Yankees. His work on the “Relax, it’s FedEx” campaign was highly awarded, including a Gold Cannes Lion and Gold One Show Pencils.
In 2007, Mike became a Group Creative Director at McCann on Verizon FiOS, co-creating the popular Cable Guy character. Each regional launch included a fully integrated campaign, an extensive digital push, quarterly web redesigns, social media, events, store redesigns, van redesigns, and a huge TV, radio, print, and OOH push.
In 2012, Mike was named the Executive Creative Director of The Halo Group. Halo was an agnostic agency, working seamlessly in every media—digital, social, and traditional. His work for St. George’s University and Halo’s in-house promotions garnered 8 Telly Awards, in 2014.
Currently, Mike is a freelance consultant for New Yorker Bagels, the world’s largest baker of bagels, Nerai Restaurants, and SuperSonic Music Search.
As a painter, sculptor and photographer, Mike has exhibited work with solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC and New Orleans. Mike also wrote the film Space Cadet, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
Mike is an adjunct instructor in the Communications Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, were he tries, with frequent and surprising success, to sound like he knows what he’s talking about.