Tom Scharpf

  • ECD/EVP Leo Burnett
  • Chicago, IL

Tom Scharpf began his career as one of the star Art Directors of the inaugural class of the now-heralded VCU Brandcenter. While just an intern at Ogilvy & Mather, Toronto, Tom even managed to win two Cannes Lions for his Jaguar work.

Upon graduating, Tom took gainful employment at Fallon, Minneapolis, where he did award-winning work for United Airlines, Holiday Inn Express, Starbucks, Nikon and Miller Lite.

In 2006, Scharpf became ACD at Venables Bell & Partners. In his 12 years at VB&P, his creative efforts also helped to land the Audi, SKYY Vodka, Chef Boyardee, Adidas Golf, Google Fiber and Chipotle accounts. In 2014, Scharpf led the “Look Inside” work for Intel that garnered 5 Bronze Lions in Cannes. In 2015 he helped relaunch the global creative for Reebok, which took home another two Lions. Most recently, his efforts helped pick up another Bronze Lion with the re-launch of the Chipotle brand in 2017.

In the fall of 2018, Scharpf became ECD/EVP at Leo Burnett Chicago and is currently helping to guide the global Samsung account.

His client experience runs the gamut of everything from Johnnie Walker, to Adidas, to Electronic Arts, to Dyson, to Converse, to Samsung.

His work has been featured in the One Show, Communication Arts, The New York Times, Ad Age, Luerzer's Archive, Creativity and has been named Adweek's "Ad of the Day" on eight separate occasions.

In addition to having a graphic design background, Tom prides himself on being a strong writer and strategic thinker. In his spare time, he attends to his three children, takes photographs of Americana, writes children’s books, and plays no more than five chords on his guitar.


Master of Science in Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter

1996 – 1998 Richmond, VA

B.F.A. Visual Communication Design at University of Dayton

1991 – 1995 Dayton, OH


Bronze, Cannes International Festival of Creativity

Chipotle: Musician

Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival

Intel: All Work All Play (Documentary)

Bronze, The One Show

Intel: All Work All Play (Documentary)

Gold, The Addy’s

Intel: Project Daniel

Silver Lion, Cannes International Festival of Creativity

Reebok Be More Human Integrated Campaign

Silver Lion, Cannes International Festival of Creativity

Reebok: Be More Human Digital Experience

Short List, International Andy Awards

Reebok: Live Free Range

Short List: Animation, AICP

Reebok: Live Free Range

Silver, ADC

Intel: Jack Andraka

Gold, The Addy’s

Intel: Erik Weihenmeyer

5 Bronze Lions, Cannes International Festival of Creativity

Intel: Jack Andraka, Intel: Project Daniel, Intel: Erik Weihenmayer

Bronze, The Clio’s

Slim Jim: Man Medicine Campaign

Bronze Effie, The Effies

Slim Jim: Man Medicine Campaign

Merit, One Show

Google: Toy Car World

Silver, The Addy’s

Slim Jim: Man Medicine Brofiles

Gold, The Addy’s

Chef Boyardee Campaign

Bronze Lion, Cannes International Festival of Creativity

Barclays: Fake

Winner, AICP Show

Barclays: Fake

Winner, London International Awards Show

Barclays: Fake

2 Bronze, The Clio’s

Barclays: Fake

SIlver, One Show

Audi: The Chase

Yellow Pencil, D&AD Awards

Audi: The Chase

Feature, Communication Arts

Johnnie Walker

Feature, Luerzer’s Archive

Fat Cat Digital

Silver, The One Show

Louder Music & Sound Design

Silver, The One Show

Student Competition

Silver & Bronze Lions, Cannes International Festival of Creativity

Jaguar Print & Newspaper

Winner, Communication Arts Advertising Annual

Jaguar Newspaper


Reebok, Intel, Google, Audi, Barclays, Slim Jim, Orville Redenbacher's, Miller Lite, United, Starbucks, Nikon, Holiday Inn, Montana Meth, Constellation Wines, Adidas, Converse, Johnnie Walker, Dyson, Skyy Vodka