Chief Creative Alchemist
Starting his advertising career early in his teen years, Brent spent a couple of summers doing street activation promoting a local entrepreneur engaged in the catering industry (he pushed a hot dog cart). This experience did not translate well to his desire to become a fine artist, eschewing “working for the man” in any capacity, being artsy, wearing all black and being artistically unappreciated in his time.
After a short stint in art school, generally not eating, he decided to jump in line and join the world of advertising and marketing.
Learning from the ground up, working in a print shop, he landed a job in the pharmaceutical industry as a package designer. Shortly after, he decided to launch his own design company in the mid 90s, which lead to a busy couple of decades working on every sort of creative and branding project — from the dawn of the Internet era to overseas brand launch strategies and more.
These days, as co-founder of Alchemy he focuses on leading organizations through the stormy seas of brand strategy, creative management and positive change from within. He and his team of lab rats have successfully transformed marketing outcomes for nearly 50 companies, using a proprietary process and marketing operating system.
He is also the resident master rat-wrangler.
In his other full-time job, he runs a non-profit Zen center, working as its Abbot (and Buddhist Monk), and teaches a very old style of Japanese Swordsmanship (so make sure you pay your invoices on time).