With nearly two decades of experience, Marco helps clients — from small businesses to global agencies — win business and sell ideas via effective presentations. Partnering with the key stakeholders from inception to the final meeting, Marco ensures that the story you want to tell is concise, beautifully supported with appropriate visuals, well written, and confidently delivered.
Marco has provided services for Ogilvy & Mather, Ogilvy Public Relations, OMD/Omnicom Media Group, Leo Burnett, GolinHarris and other agencies, and worked on a wide portfolio of B2B and consumer brands including American Family Insurance, ACT, CDW, Coca-Cola, Jim Beam, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft, UPS and Unilever.
“Marco is a rare combination of talent. First and foremost, he's an old-school craftsman who believes in doing things the right way, every time. He understands what it takes to tell a story, while at the same time subscribing to the maxim that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' He has an astounding command of grammar. He's an innate strategist who can take dense thoughts and render them with simplicity and elegance. I've not encountered his like anywhere else in the business.”
Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy Chicago
“I worked with Marco on a regular basis for three years, preparing presentations for new business pitches and for existing clients. He is an excellent technician with practical design sensibility who consistently made my ideas look smarter and my point clearer. He is also a wonderful consultant on how to tell a story — and I found his advice consistently intelligent and useful. I look forward to working with him again, which I think is the most powerful praise you can bestow on anybody. He gets it. He helps you look like you get it.”
Vice Chairman, Ogilvy North America
“We just got great news that we won a major pitch. We knew if we had any shot at winning, Marco had to be at the helm. He fit us into his schedule to guide our team through the entire process – from leading creative sessions to creating a high-impact presentation to coaching us through rehearsal after rehearsal in the final stretch.
With a keen understanding of the pitch and a good ear, he helped us craft the story and bring it to life with knock-your-socks-off graphics. He continually reshaped the deck based on discussions and rehearsal sessions to make the narrative flow better, to make us look and sound better.
Marco’s a rare bird. He’s one of those multi-taskers who can simultaneously think big picture and focus on the smallest details. He leads with an ease and grace that bring out the best in everyone, with a different perspective that challenges us to push harder. In short, he’s the go-to-guy who makes it happen again and again.”
Executive Vice President, Ogilvy Public Relations
“I can't count how many times Marco has saved my ass. In my twenty-something years in this industry, I have never worked with a new business/presentation services specialist as thorough, strategic, thoughtful and talented as Marco. He doesn't simply take content and turn it into a presentation, he reads it, proofs it, provides counsel and a fresh eye to help shape the narrative, rewrites it as needed,
then - and only then - does he make an elegant, beautiful, presentation out of it. We have enjoyed a very impressive new business track record, and Marco's fingerprints have been all over every single win.”
Managing Director, Executive Creative Director, OgilvyOne Chicago
“Marco is a true strategic and creative partner in the content creation process. He plays the role of strategist, storyteller, editor, proofreader and designer, often simultaneously. And he does so with an incredible eye for both overarching story structure and detail. He is a true alchemist who pushes and elevates the quality of everything he touches. He transforms raw numbers into animated graphics, prose into imagery and ‘data dumps’ into compelling narratives. I am grateful for Marco's partnership, thought leadership and creativity in storytelling. He is a rare talent!”
Director of Communications Planning, OMD Chicago
“There has never been a time when I could not rely on Marco's expertise in helping me put together a well crafted presentation. His balance of design, strategy, intellect, and creativity always ensure that the teams he works with have their story being told and presented in it's best light. He is tireless, always there when we needed him the most, no matter how difficult or challenging the assignment, he always delivered. Marco is a remarkable talent, and a true asset to any organization that believes in excellence.”
Sean K. Burley
Director of Digital Content & Digital Asset Management, Sears Holdings Corp.
“Marco is a genius and skilled presentation guru! He has a great ability to help us tell clear and compelling stories with our presentations and keeps us from falling into ugly and cluttered deck habits.”
Chief Strategy Officer, M&C Saatchi NY
Accolades for Marco
Sparky Wilson Rose
With a 20-year history in cutting-edge media design, Sparky designs and oversees a wide range of deliverables, with a focus on presentations and motion graphics, mobile, digital/interactive, strategic marketing and brand identity.
As a co-founder of Indigo Group Omnimedia, a 3D modeling and rendering boutique in the mid-1990s, he provided creative direction for Tele-TV, the world’s first commercial video-on-demand service, which was backed by Bell Atlantic, Nynex, Pacific Telesis and Creative Artists Agency. Under Sparky’s direction, the firm was sold to a “Big 6” interactive consulting firm. Shortly thereafter, Sparky helped create interactive television prototypes for the Discovery Digital Networks.
Sparky has established himself as a thought leader in business segments including television, interactive media, and litigation media. Most recently, he has provided services to DDB, BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, August Jackson, DirecTV, Fox Sports Networks and Edelman, for brands including UPS, Pinnacle Vodka, Casa Sauza Tequila, Crown Imports, Accenture, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, NeighborGoods and Terry Hines and Associates. He has also provided art direction for film production clients include Solid Ground Films, Fuchsia Films, Life Stories Movie and Rock Creek Media.
“Our lead advisor, a respected voice in social innovation around the world, said that ‘this was the best deck I've ever seen.’
Thank you Sparky!”
“Sparky does an incredible job on creative and execution for us on very tight deadlines. Ever since he's designed our pitch decks, we've had a higher success rate than ever before. The man works miracles.”
President, Thamas, a division of Terry Hines & Associates
“Sparky always goes above and beyond what is asked of him. he puts the WOW factor in anything he touches. There's never a doubt in my mind when I hand off a project — he goes above and beyond every time.”
VP Creative Services, Terry Hines & Associates
“Sparky continues to execute his acute, client-focused design awareness, which I first noticed in the late 1990s. His work back then for on-air digital modules at Discovery Communications presaged the functionality, look, and feel of many of today's interactive web-based and broadcast platforms.”
Managing Member and Producer, Middle Ground Films
“We have partnered with Sparky on several projects because he consistently delivers great ideas. We appreciate his quick execution and ability to step outside the box when necessary.”
President, MediaGirl, Inc.
Accolades for Sparky
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