about us

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Familiar Creatures is comprised of three advertising veterans who set out to build a better model for today. One that’s more suited to what you need.

You need less layers, more agility and more senior leadership, right? That’s us. And we’re prepared to scale up or down when the project calls for it.

Dustin is in charge of art direction and design. Justin oversees all writing. And Steph is our head of accounts.

 
 

DUSTIN ARTZ IS A FAMILIAR CREATURE.

After graduating from VCU BRANDCENTER, he worked at McKinney, OMELET, TEAM ONE, TBWA\CHIAT\DAY AND THE MARTIN AGENCY. He’s created WORK FOR, managed and won clients of all shapes and sizes.

He’s also a husband, a dad of a three year-old boy, a reader, a TV binger, a Noncompetitive  runner and a baby duck owner.

 
 

Justin Bajan is a familiar creature.

HE graduated from The Creative Circus, then WORKED AT MULLEN, DAVID&GOLIATH, THE MARTIN AGENCY AND ARNOLD. HE'S RECEIVED AWARDS, WON NEW BUSINESS, MANAGED TEAMS AND WORKED DIRECTLY WITH CLIENTS.

he is a husband, father of three girls, brother of two brothers, a lover of stand-up comedy, random trivia, filmwriting, books, podcasts and Mel Brooks. His guilty pleasures are Jeopardy, Shark Tank and the Trolls soundtrack.

 

STEPH

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Steph Shaw is a familiar creature.

She graduated from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) then went on to work at Y&R, The Martin Agency, Mullen and Capital One. She's cultivated client-agency relationships, iterated briefs, managed budgets of all sizes and won a few awards along the way.

She is a co-dog-cat-fish mom, and a fine/dive-bar dining enthusiast.