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Principal, Chief Creative Officer
Mark Ray, CCO of North in Portland, is coming up on 30 years in design, advertising, filmmaking, and storytelling. Mark Ray first honed his skills as an art director/creative director at a handful of small midwest ad agencies. Serendipitously, he found himself paired in a creative team with his future wife. He then spent the 1990s and early 2000s traveling the world as global creative director for Brown Forman's Jack Daniel's; launched a successful indie record label; became a very proud father; was promoted to managing partner/ECD at Arnold Worldwide in 1997 where he deepened his professional values of kindness and respect. In 2006, Mark and his family moved family to Portland here Mark founded a boutique, purpose-driven agency North (now proudly a B-Corp) with his best friend and business partner, Rebecca Armstrong, North’s managing director. Mark has found his forever home in the Pacific Northwest—a beautiful, magical place with the most interesting, eclectic, talented creative community in the world. If you're ever here, he moonlights as a tour guide.