The epitome of #squadgoals, our team prides itself on having a “curious mindset” that fosters collaboration and, importantly, growth.
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A senior executive with demonstrated year-after-year success achieving revenue and business growth for her clients, Carol H. Williams has been at the helm of the company she founded since 1986. She has led and motivated more than 5,000 employees over a 30-year career and has exceeded $30 million in revenue during high-performance and growth periods. She leads a highly diverse and skilled staff that has produced award-winning advertising and marketing campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors (Cadillac), General Mills, Kraft, Gilead Sciences, HP, Nationwide Insurance, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Army, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott, and many others.
Carol started her career at Leo Burnett Company in Chicago and quickly earned a position as their first African American Female Creative Director and Vice President. After 13 years at Leo Burnett, she served two years as Senior Vice President, Creative Director at Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco.
Carol has received numerous professional honors and community awards during her career. Passionate about community service, she has used her talent and resources to help dozens of philanthropic endeavors, including the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, U.S. Dream Academy, National Newspaper Publishers Association, and numerous local community organizations.
As Creative Director, Carol is responsible for all creative campaigns being produced at Carol H. Williams Advertising. She has led several campaigns for notable clients at the agency such as General Motors, U.S. Census, U.S. Army, Covered California, the Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), and many others. Prior to working at Carol H. Williams, she received her MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and completed a two-year fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
In her free time, Carol is a novelist and writer. She has been published in The Guardian, The Establishment, and Dame magazine. Additionally, she works with local Oakland high schools to impart the importance of art and writing and discuss how to own your creative voice.
As VP/Creative Director, Thomas is in charge of the creative execution and direction of all campaigns. Thomas has spent his entire 26-year career with CHWA, having the opportunity to serve clients as both writer and an art director. Some of his clients include U.S. Army, Kraft, Nissan, and Disney. Outside of the office, Thomas loves to travel and explore with his camera. He also loves to cook, is a vintage-toy collector, and is a self-proclaimed sci-fi fanatic!
As Finance Manager, Romeo is responsible for the review, analysis, and documentation of revenue contracts at Carol H. Williams Advertising. In addition, he ensures accurate billing and documentation on client-specific and agency billing activity, audit measures, and accountability.
Romeo has worked in finance for more than 30 years while supporting advertising agencies, media companies, and retail businesses.
In addition to running the agency’s balance sheet, Romeo loves to cook, travel, collect toys, and spend time with his family.
As Director of Finance, Betty is responsible for providing leadership to the finance team, reviewing and signing client contracts, and interpreting and managing all aspects of client finance at Carol H. Williams Advertising. She worked at the Treasury Department–Internal Revenue Service in Chicago, across all tiers of tax compliance systems, prior to working at CHWA. With a major in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Betty ensures all financial matters are actively resolved for a smooth-running show.
As an Account Managing Director, Fernando is responsible for multicultural advertising, integrated marketing research, creative production, and media planning at Carol H. Williams Advertising. He has more than 20 years of experience working across different sectors of advertising, marketing, and media communications. After receiving his bachelor of arts in communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Fernando served clients such as Chrysler, Jeep, General Motors, U.S. Bank, FastTrack, USAID, U.S. Census, and FedEx. Fernando is a dog lover, and when not at work, you can find him spending time with his French bulldog named French Fry.
As Senior Art Director, Cherish is responsible for the artistic vision at Carol H. Williams Advertising. She has over 10 years of experience and works on campaigns for General Motors, U.S. Census, U.S. Bank, and Oakland Parks and Recreation, as well as new business. Prior to arriving at Carol H. Williams, Cherish worked with a wide range of brands like Google, El Pollo Loco, MINI, Priceline, CVS Health, Gilead, and HP. If she’s not at work, you can find her chasing her adorable and crazy kids around or catching up on the latest reality TV show (Real Housewives is preferred).
As Account Supervisor, Nathan is responsible for the clean flow of communication between the agency and clients such as U.S. Bank, the United States Census, and ComEd. Before joining Carol H. Williams Advertising, Nate worked at Leo Burnett, where he executed a wide range of deliverables for Altria. When he’s not working, Nate loves attending live music shows and painting.
As Event Coordinator, Earl is responsible for facilitating and executing the clients’ grandest event plans. Earl has been at Carol H. Williams Advertising for over 12 years and has managed events for Kraft, P&G, the United States Army, and General Motors. When not at work, Earl loves to go camping and biking and listen to country music while indulging in lakefront living in Chicago.