J. Dontrese Brown
J. Dontrese Creative, Inc
Be Bold in your actions – in Design, in Leadership, and in Life
J. Dontrese Brown is a motivational creative design professional who has brought passion, inspiration and dedication to each opportunity in his professional journey. He has led various teams from a creative and development perspective, building strong relationships, pushing processes and design to the maximum. His thirst for brand design, creative strategy and teamwork is the driving force that inspires all those around him.
Dontrese’s creative journey began in 1991 as an abstract painter at Georgetown College, where he was president of the Kappa Pi Honorary Art Fraternity, and contributed to the football team as a championship athlete and led the team to many honors during his four years. In 1993, he switched his focus from painting to graphic design and in 1995 became the first student from Georgetown to graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design, all while writing the design curriculum in the process.
Giving back to what he started, he returned to Georgetown in 1998 after receiving his MA degree, making his foray into teaching as the Professor of Graphic Design within the Art Department for six years. He also contributed to the athletic program as Assistant Football Coach, and was Art Director for Public Relations – leaving his mark of passion, commitment and loyalty on everything possible.
In 2007, Dontrese accepted the position as Creative Director for Schawk, Inc. a Creative and Digital Marketing Agency based in Chicago. The Creative Director position was for a top tier client of Schawk, Victorinox Swiss Army (VSA) at their North American Headquarters in Connecticut. The position was as an on-site partner for VSA, but he quickly built an “agency like” creative team, developed brand standards and guidelines, implemented creative processes, and established his team as a critical part of the organization. As a result of this, in 2009, VSA decided to dissolve their partnership with Schawk and acquired Dontrese and his Creative Team as direct employees of the organization, elevating him to the position of Creative Director, NA.
“D” always has a smile on his face and idea in his back pocket. He is a creative workhorse who is true to his craft with a focus on encouraging individuals to simply be great. His passion and drive have resulted in garnering the highest respect and praise from all who know him, personally and professionally – which, in 2015 guided him to Capital One as Director, Brand Creative, where he managed a large group of creative talent across the US providing creative partnership, strategy and thought leadership for all the banking lines of businesses. He is currently the Chief Creative Officer/Principal at J. Dontrese Creative, Inc: Leadership | Branding | Strategy | Consulting.
An active tri-athlete, Dontrese also enjoys relaxing with his family and friends and reading anything and everything that feeds his hunger for motivation, leadership and inspiring others to simply be great.
It’s our responsibility to push change. We can no longer talk about making change; we must be about making change. Be Bold.
The duty of creative leaders to produce design solutions of change – is paramount – but so are the actions that align with that responsibility. The audience will learn how to find their purpose and identify the passions that drive it. They will also learn how to influence critical transformational changes within their companies and organizations but more importantly, their lives and the communities around them. Be Bold.
I particularly want to address the issues regarding the low-income undeserved children within our communities. Our children are not being set up for success within their environments and it is up to us to help change that dynamic. Our future relies on the younger generations and their readiness to institute the mindset of inspirational change. Be Bold.
So, I am being bold in my actions – I’m going to build a school. Yup, I am going to build a high school. One that provides kids a college preparatory education, supported with a corporate work study program that provides them real-life work experience, and anchored with a rigorous character development program. By being bold, this will not only change the cycle of failure that many of these low-income at-risk children face, but more importantly, this will give them hope. A hope of change and a sense of purpose that will transform the dynamics of their communities, their city of Richmond, VA and the world.
I am not talking about making change – I’m going to be about making change.