517-914-6630                                                                                                                          tom.blandford@mac.com  



6/02 – Present       Freelance ACD/writer, Chicago, IL

Traditional. Digital. Blimps. Dudes wearing signs outside of sub shops. Over 15-years of creating engaging communications across all mediums. 

Brands: Capital One, Silk, International Delight, Blockbuster, Nabisco, Nestle, Kraft, Bell’s Beer, Harris Bank, Game Rush

Agencies: DDB, Leo Burnett, Euro RSCG, JWT, Element 79, Walton Isaacson, Plan B


10/11 – 9/14            Associate Creative Director, Fathom Communications; Chicago, IL

Oversaw all aspects of International Trucks' account and worked on new business pitches. Along with B to B, worked extensively in traditional, digital, DRTV, brand, web, social, promotional, 3-D mapping, and trade show experiential/content for 75,000 sq. ft. show floor.

Brands: Navistar, International Trucks, IC Bus and American InterContential University


2/11 - 9/11               Freelance Writer, Leo Burnett

                                Television, print, digital & social

                                Brands: Silk, Horizon Organic & International Delight


10/10 - 1/11               Freelance Writer, Director & Producer

                                 Wrote, directed and produced branded content for AmeriFirst Mortgage's website and social platforms.


11/09 - 4/10             Freelance Senior Writer, Havas Worldwide

                                 Television, print, digital & radio.

                                  Brands: Blockbuster, Cabot & Michelob Ultra.


11/06 - 10/9              Freelance Creative, Straight Face Productions

                                  Created, developed and produced a series of comedy sketches and television pilot treatments for various television network                                   pitches.


10/5 - 6/06              Freelance Senior Writer, Element 79

                                  Harris Bank, Cricket Wireless, Supercuts, Tropicana


4/04 - 10/05             Freelance Senior Writer, J. Walter Thompson

                                   Integrated campaigns across all media platforms - television, print, OOH, radio, retail POS



2014                         Advanced Screenwriting & Organic Story Structure, Corey Mandell

2009                        Second City Directing Program, The Second City

2004                        Second City Conservatory & IO improv Program

1992                         Brown University, Providence, RI – B.A. Business Economics



The One Show, Communication Arts, National Addy, Radio Mercury Awards, Chicago Television Pilot Finalist.

Other Interest

Currently listening to each album on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all times. Also enjoy travel, food & an occasional Native American sweat lodge.