The Master and Apprentice. Just a couple of guys who believe the answers to the universe begin and end at Steak 'n Shake.

in 2017, Russell Athletic, the long-time official uniform provider of the Little League World Series, set to thank the coaches who make the game possible. Along the way, we discovered something important – when they aren't teaching kids to get in front of grounders or choke up on the bat, these coaches play a different role. Over 85% of youth baseball and softball coaches are parents with kids on the team. We highlighted this parent/coach relationship with a special film for Father's Day.

Everyone has a bad roommate story. After living with the Big 10 mascots, Sasquatch has many, many bad roommate stories.

We shot eight ads in a single day for this partnership between Jack Link's Snacks and the Big 10 Network. If you're thinking of doing something similar in an non-air conditioned dorm outside Chicago in July, bring plenty of ice packs for the mascots.

Wind Chimes

Train Conductor Costume

Horse Backpack

 
 

"This delightfully ridiculous campaign... snuck onto the national stage."

Gabriel Beltrone, Adweek

 
 
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In 2017, every city in North America scrambled to answer one simple question - where should Amazon build their new 5 billion dollar headquarters? As a modest midwestern city without the resources of it’s flashy coastal competitors, Kansas City needed to stand out from the pack. We set out to hack the thing Amazon holds most dear – their coveted and highly-protected product review system. All we needed to do it was a charismatic mayor, an order for 1,000 items, and many, many reviews.

After it was all said and done, we'd collected over 1,600 media stories, 150 million earned impressions, over $2 million dollars in earned media value, a One Show appearance, and two Cannes Lions.

Russell Athletic set out to rid the world of underwear funk with their new odor-fighting FreshForce Underwear. We tested it in the stinkiest, sweatiest, furriest place of all – becoming the official underwear of Minor League Baseball mascots. Funk Relief Nights at ballparks around the country, in-depth documentaries, and relief kits for every Minor League mascot in America brought the idea to life.

"I'd say it's probably one hundred and fifty degrees in Chico's underpants and I don't even want to think about it."

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Dog owners, and especially Subaru-loving dog owners, should eat this right up.

Erik Oster, AgencySpy

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A television ad developed for the introduction shows a Harley owner lavishly cleaning, buffing and shining his bike; in the ad’s punchline, he slaps a For Sale sign on it and walks away. After riding the new Indian, I get it.

Jerry Garrett, The New York Times

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After originally ceasing operations in 1953, relaunching Indian Motorcycle was a massive task. My team spent two years working to reintroduce the brand and launch the first completely new bike in more than 50 years. We leaned into an insight about motorcycle riders - though they valued riding an American-made bike many bristled at the fact that there was literally one choice available on the market. Which is to say, there was no choice at all. We set out to change that.

Here’s to supporting moms and babies from the start.

Caroline Bologna, HuffPost

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Locked in a contentious contract dispute in the summer of 2017, Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell took to Snapchat and Twitter to fill out a job application at a local DQ store. We sprang into action and invited Le'Veon for a tryout. A few days later, he was back in the store making treats for fans and living his DQ dream. The opportunistic campaign earned 205 million earned impressions and and a 991% increase in brand mentions. On top of that, Le'Veon got his new contract.

We're all wired to want to make a baby's cry stop. But a cry can be a very powerful and hopeful thing. We helped March of Dimes turned the donated cries of real babies into comfort with the world’s first Lullacry.

Went from dominating Sundays to dominating Sundaes.

@itty_Britty_13

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A world-class gift to celebrate a milestone ten-year agency/client relationship. We created a classic executive oil portrait of the world's most unlikely executive.

 
 

The Most Well-Reviewed City on Amazon

The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City

 
 


In 2017, every city in North America scrambled to answer one simple question - where should Amazon build their new 5 billion dollar headquarters? As a modest midwestern city without the resources of it’s flashy coastal competitors, Kansas City needed to stand out from the pack. We hacked the thing Amazon holds most dear – their coveted and highly-protected product review system. All we needed to do it was a charismatic mayor, an order for 1,000 items, and many, many reviews. After it was all said and done, we'd collected over 1,600 media stories, 150 million earned impressions, and over $2 million dollars in earned media value.

Cannes Lion (x2)
One Show Merit Award
Creativity-Online Editor's Pick

 
 
 

Every year on Miracle Treat Day, each Blizzard that DQ sells helps kids in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals get back to being kids.

On Puppy Bowl Sunday, we created the biggest mess on the internet with eight rescue puppies and one pristine white room in a live two-hour streaming event. And we did it for a great cause: raising money and awareness for the BISSELL Pet Foundation and all they do for animals in need. In this socially driven campaign, every use of our hashtag triggered a donation and got us closer to unlocking another mess for the puppies to enjoy. Working with a veterinarian we created twelve delicious, puppy-safe messes included dozens of peanut butter-coated tennis balls, massive plates of spaghetti drenched in 30 gallons of sauce with softball-sized meatballs, a three-tiered cake frosted in mashed potatoes, and a champagne glass tower filled with gravy.

It's the picture of dignity, too, except for the fact that Bigfoot is still badly in need of a haircut.

Gabriel Beltrone, AdWeek

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Matt Pruett lives, works, and makes things in Kansas City. He has a BFA in Visual Communication from Kansas State University and attended Miami Ad School where he studied art direction. Matt has been an instructor at Miami Ad School and served as a mentor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. His work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, Clio Awards, Communication Arts, Adweek, Advertising Age, and others.

After spending his formative years behind the counter at the family Dairy Queen store, Matt also makes the best Peanut Buster Parfait in all of advertising. (The secret is not going crazy with the hot fudge. That's a rookie mistake.)

 
 

Experience

Barkley • CD • 2017 - Present
Clients: Dairy Queen, Russell Athletic, March of Dimes, New Business

Olson • GCD • 2015 - 2017
Clients: Bissell, Aurora Health Care, New Business

Carmichael Lynch • ACD • 2013 - 2015
Clients: Subaru, Jack Link’s Snacks, Steak ’n Shake, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, New Business

Colle+McVoy • Sr. AD - ACD • 2010 - 2013
Clients: Indian Motorcycle, Cannondale Bicycles, Caribou Coffee, WinField, New Business

Pocket Hercules • AD • 2008 - 2010
Clients: Zeiss Optics, Pearl Izumi Performance Apparel, Mortenson Construction

Miami Ad SchoolInstructor • 2007 - 2012

Carmichael Lynch • AD • 2006 - 2008
Clients: Jack Link’s Snacks, Harley-Davidson, Subaru, Porsche, American Standard


Awards/Recognition

Cannes Lions
One Show
Clio Awards
D&AD Awards
Communication Arts Advertising Annual
Communication Arts Online Exhibit of the Day
Communication Arts Magazine Fresh Work
Adweek Ad of the Day
Adweek Top Commercial of the Week
4A’s O’Toole Award for Media Excellence
Creative Media Awards
Kansas City Addy's - Best of Show
How Magazine
Advertising Age
Graphis 100 Best in Advertising
CMYK Magazine
The Show - Minneapolis
Ad Fed 32 under 32 Awards

 
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The Most Well-Reviewed City on Amazon

 

Major League Mascots, Minor League Funk

 

Choice is Coming

 

The Sweetest Tryout

 

Back to Being Kids

 

The Biggest Mess on the Internet

 
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Giants in their Field

 

The Little Things

 
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Messin' with Sasquatch

Dog Tested, Dog Approved

 
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Summer Skip Day

 

Lullacry

 

An Unlikely Executive

 

Dear Coach

 

GOTG: Mission Mixtape

 

Wildest Room on Campus

 

Hunger Wisely

 
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Film and Concert Posters

 

To celebrate the biggest movie of the summer, we sent a one thousand very lucky DQ fans on an adventure of their own in partnership with Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Their mission? Find the last cassette player in the galaxy and listen to our mixtape filled with exclusive soft-serve-inspired tracks to discover what amazing prize they won.