Tom Scharpf

  • Freelance
  • Richmond, VA

Thanks for taking a look at my work. A few words about me:

My background is in Art Direction, but I have been a writer my whole life. I can play either role, in addition to leading teams and productions. I’ve worked on some of the biggest brands in the world and created work for the biggest stages. I’m easy to work with, I enjoy collaboration, new business, and developing smart, memorable and strategic work.

In addition to freelancing, I am currently a professor at the VCU Brandcenter and based out of Richmond, VA.

Most recently, I was an EVP/ECD and led the global Samsung mobile account at Leo Burnett Chicago. Just before leaving I helped win and launch the latest work for Coors Light.

Prior to my time at Leo Burnett, I worked at Venables Bell & Partners in San Francisco. Over the course of my 12 years there, I helped the independent creative agency grow from 40 to 200 employees through our award-winning work on Audi, Intel, ConAgra, Barclays, Chipotle, Google & Reebok.

As a freelancer, I have worked on practically every category imaginable with clients ranging from Johnnie Walker, to Adidas, to Electronic Arts, to Dyson, to Converse, to Samsung.

I started my career at Fallon Minneapolis and created award-winning work for United Airlines, Holiday Inn Express, Starbucks, Nikon and Miller Lite.

My 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.

If you’re still reading this, you get a gold star.

And i’d love to work with you.

You can reach me at or 415-341-4306.


Executive Creative Director/Executive Vice President at Leo Burnett

Chicago, IL

Creative Director at Venables Bell & Partners

San Francisco, CA

Art Director at Fallon

Minneapolis, MN


Master of Science in Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter

Richmond, VA

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

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, Coors Light, Samsung, Discover, CarMax