Bios Third Street

Third Street is led by Sean Smith, David Jones and Andrew Thompson.

Sean Smith

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President

As a precursor to the launch of Third Street, Sean enjoyed a twenty-year career in sales, marketing, and event management.  Called a "Guru" by The Chicago Sun-Times (and much worse behind his back), he got his start as an on-air personality at WRRM-FM in Cincinnati.  He was most recently the Director of Marketing and Non-Traditional Revenue at CBS Radio's WXRT-FM, Chicago, among the most successful and respected brands in all of media.

Under Sean's leadership, WXRT created the single largest non-traditional radio revenue department in the country, an enterprise responsible for tens of millions of dollars in new revenue. He is the creator of high-profile promotional and advertising campaigns, signature large-scale events, and award-winning multi-media marketing programs.  Sean and his work have been featured in TV, radio, and print outlets, both locally and nationally.

Sean's professional focus and drive is ensuring that all who partner with Third Street enjoy success because of it.

David T. Jones

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Chief Creative Officer

In preparation for this role, David served as a Creative Director for 15 years at Foote, Cone and Belding, Chicago, most recently as its Executive Creative Director of Emerging Platforms.

David has created advertising campaigns across all mediums for Coors, Kraft, Gatorade, Boeing, Circuit City, KFC, Discover Card and Hilton. David's creative output ranged from million dollar Superbowl spots to shoestring budget ads shot in the basement of the agency - and he took great pride in both. These efforts have resulted in numerous awards, including Art Director's Club, Addys, Effies and a prestigious Webby award in 2007. He's been featured in Communication Arts, D&AD, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. In addition to creating advertising, David has contributed to new business wins totaling over one billion dollars.

"David is also the writer, creator of "Ad Land", his advertising-centric cartoon that has been hailed as a "must read" and "screamingly funny" by both himself and some of advertising's biggest players. After appearing in Adweek magazine for 5 years, Ad Land made the digital jump to Yahoo! in 2011."

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Andrew Thompson

Chief FINANCIAL Officer

Andrew Thompson has amassed an impressive twenty-year career in accounting and finance that has spanned across multiple industries ranging from media, broadcasting and telecommunications to large special events, automotive services and insurance. A CPA, Andrew got his start in Chicago as an auditor with Arthur Andersen, LLP.  Andrew's successful background includes entrepreneurial start-ups, venture capital and private equity, as well as a Fortune 500 Company. His considerable expertise includes operational strategy, process improvements, operations, finance and accounting. Andrew most recently was the Corporate Controller of BP Capital Management, a diverse private equity firm in Chicago.

Andrew possesses a firm grasp of a company's bottom line and the importance of delivering financial results to investors.  It is this understanding that enhances the product offerings of Third Street.

Phil Robinson

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Executive Director, Relationship Marketing

Phil Robinson is Third Street's Director of Relationship Marketing.

In this role, Phil is responsible for oversight of Third Street's collaborations with clients and business partners related to all things social media, emerging platforms, and web-based initiatives.

Relationship Marketing reflects Third Street's belief that b-to-c and b-to-b communications perform at their best when they foster irrational loyalty from the desired target market.  Phil's subject matter expertise and proven track record of success in guiding new media programs to successful outcomes ensures that Third Street's clients remain on the cutting edge of emerging platforms.

Phil is a graduate of Indiana University, and resides in Indianapolis.  He is also, inexplicably, a 49ers fan.

Lisa Ginsberg

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Executive Producer, Director of Operations

Lisa joined Third Street as its Director of Production and Development. She's basically in charge of making things happen.

Lisa's first foray into the professional world was in casting commercials and films, including her career highlight of leading all-day player and extras casting for the Oscar award-winning film "Monster," starring Charlize Theron.

From there, Lisa worked for companies such as DRAFTFCB, Arc Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather, and others, managing integrated teams across brands as varied as Kraft, American Family Insurance, Kimberly Clark, Wrigley, Jon Deere, CDW, and Unilever, including Dove. From print to radio to TV to digital and now social, Lisa has led them all!

Lisa has also worked on the client side, most recently for Crate & Barrel, where she guided integrated teams in development of the company's heralded catalogue. She improved current processes, and implemented new ones, as liaison between the catalogue and marketing teams.

She is a transplant from Florida, CHOOSING to live in Chicago because she wants her kids to experience the seasons. Okay, we'll buy that.

Stephanie Timmons

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Digital Attention Specialist

Marketing, design and social media expertise are just a few disciplines Stephanie Timmons uses to bolster the presence of brands with whom Third Street collaborates - as well as further enhance integrated branding efforts across all "Attention Touchpoints."  

Multi-talented Stephanie joins Third Street having recently graduated from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Majoring in Marketing and Legal Studies with a minor in Telecommunications, she's not just limited to the marketing business; she was also the Jump Rope for Heart school champion when she was 12.

Stephanie Timmons is a wannabe professional food taster, and lover of all things fashion, White Sox, and travel (30 states, 4 countries and counting).