I am currently a writer and Group Creative Director at Highdive, Chicago. I was the copywriter on all work featured on this site. On the Modelo, Courtyard and Skittles work I was also Creative Director. Prior to joining Highdive, I was a writer and Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather, Energy BBDO, McGarryBowen, DDB Chicago (for over fifteen years), and J Walter Thompson. I've been nominated for the commercial Emmy twice, and I've won numerous awards, including multiple Cannes Lions. My side projects focus on the outdoors and environmental conservation, whether I'm writing and creating content, or volunteering with at-risk youth, teaching outdoor skills and guiding them on wilderness excursions. I live in the Chicago area with my wife and our three kids. Thanks for visiting my site.


Highdive US • Group Creative Director • Sep 2019-present

Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago • Creative Director, then Group Creative Director • Nov 2016-Sep 2019

Energy BBDO, Chicago • SVP Creative Director • Jan 2016-Nov 2016

McGarryBowen, Chicago • Creative Director • Dec 2013-Jan 2016

DDB Chicago • Copywriter, then Associate Creative Director, then VP Creative Director • May 1998-Dec 2013

J Walter Thompson, Chicago • Copywriter • May 1995-May 1998


University of Illinois • BS Advertising, May 1995

Awards, etc.:

Nominated for an Emmy twice. Lost both times. Cannes Grand Prix Lion (Radio/Campaign). Cannes Silver Lion. Cannes Bronze Lion. Two Radio Mercury Awards. Gold, Silver, Bronze Clios. Gold and Silver Andy. Communication Arts. Two Art Directors Club silver cubes. Kinsale Sharks (Grand Prix, Gold, Silver). One Show merit. D&AD, in the book. London International Festivals. Chicago International Awards. Spike TV - Worlds Funniest Commercials.

Juror - Young Guns Awards, Sydney, Australia, 2000.

Juror - Several local and regional Addy awards.

First-round Judge - Radio Mercury Awards.


Email:  pburke5@me.com
Phone:  773.502.0148