Tales from those
I’ve crossed paths with.



Creative Director, Copywriter

The short version:

Heroic work ethic.
Top-notch chops.
Bathes regularly.

The longer, 50% gushier version:

When you go through the work, it’s always Burke’s stuff that’s hanging out in the sliver of the Venn diagram where effective and engaging share a flat. It’s his stuff that makes an agency proud, other creatives jealous and clients unclench their woo-hoo for a change.

Beyond his professionalism, Burke’s a solid dude.

Today’s modern warfare is highly mechanized and fought at a distance. Were it not, I’d gladly dig and hunker down in a foxhole with him. You’ll find this demeanor especially helpful when you’ve been cranking out ideas in a tiny room together for so long that it smells like the inside of a wooden leg.

In short, Burke’s the kinda guy you build your agency around.

If you don’t have a Burke working in your creative department, you should probably get one.


Global Head of Shopper Marketing, Consumer Business, Sennheiser

The Sennheiser SXSW project was one of my most favorite in my 30 years of corporate life.

Adin Moore

Co-Founder, CMO, N/A Collective

What can I say, Burke is one of my favorite humans of all time.

Seriously though, I’ve worked with Burke for more than a decade and each time has been better than the last. When we’re not working together we’re getting coffee and trying to figure out how to work together again.

He’s one of the most thoughtful creatives I’ve ever worked with, insanely creative while being very strategic and realistic when it comes to budgets and timelines. He’s humble, hilarious and the creative leader you want in the trenches with you, coming up with something amazing and driving the team to create the best possible work. He truly cares — not just about the work, but also his team.

I’d be lost without his keen design eye, lovely knack for lanugage and caring demeanor.

If you’re lucky enough to work with Burke you’ll know what I mean from the moment you meet him. He’s truly a special human, friend and creative leader and I would highly recommend him.


Co-Founder, CEO, Spot

Saying we’ve loved working with Burke on the Spot brand is a complete understatement.

Burke helped bring the brand to life where it could stand on its own and represent the team behind it and the community we've built Spot for.

He will always have a home at Spot and a lasting fingerprint on who we will become.


Partner, Head of Production, N/A Collective

Straight to it:

A creative mastermind.

In addition to being an extremely talented lemonade maker, Burke handles his business when it comes to creative endeavors.

His professional approach to his craft is an example to all. He has the ability to take on client briefs and create mesmerizing responses that warrant immediate buy-in.

He acts as a mentor to those working with him, always open to listening and integrating others ideas in order to produce the best creative outcome.

If there was someone that I would want leading my creative team, Burke Lauderdale is it. He is that guy that can easily turn lemons into lemonade.


Executive Creative Director, Arnold Worldwide

If you think you have to suffer to get to great work, Burke’s not your man.

He’s a talented, collaborative art director who makes getting there half
the fun.


Founder, CCO, SHELTR

Burke Lauderdale is the guy people talk about when they say, “I know a guy.”

He is one of the smartest creatives I've met and just a cool dude.


VP, Art Buyer, Supervisor

Not only is Burke an amazingly creative art director, but he is also an art producer’s dream — he is talented, collaborative, has a great eye for photography (he’s an amazing photographer himself). He respects and understands usage and copyright and why they are important which I’ve found to be rare.

I’ve worked with many talented creatives over the years and Burke absolutely on my favorites list.

I consider myself lucky to have worked with him.


Parental Unit

I’m not sure what you do, but sure, I’ll recommend you.

Want to talk to Dad?


VP, Account Director

I'm so lucky to have been able to work with Burke.

He thinks about the business as much, or more, as the rest of us “Account Management” types. His work is on point, on strategy, and beautiful.

He can overcome client obstacles by articulating how his work helps solve key business challenges, and he builds trust with client partners easily.

Burke is delightful, and I hope you get to work with him too.


SVP, Executive Producer, Arnold Worldwide

Burke Lauderdale is one of the most gifted art director and creatives I have had the privilege of knowing in the 28 years I have been in the industry.

He is remarkably clear-sighted and focused on producing the finest work possible. He has a very firm handle on the industry and a keen insight to what is popular. Another unusual quality he has is that is is very collaborative which I have rarely encountered in this industry. His ego is hard to find and he always seems to place what is best for the project first. He is also a solid member of society with a clear set of principals which he never imposes, but which consistently guide him along the way.

Personally he is also one of the funniest people I know, which makes the battlefield trenches of the advertising world much more pleasant.

I fervently offer my enthusiastic recommendation to anyone who may be considering him as I have no doubt they will also discover his many many fine qualities.

I would be happy to speak with anyone further about his prospects; Arnold Worldwide is losing one of the finest creatives to pass through our doors in many years.


Creative Director, Art Director

Every place needs a Burke.


Account Manager

Burke is an anomaly in the ad agency world.

He’s hilarious but humble, brilliant but approachable, a perfectionist that's a joy to work with.

He has been a mentor and pal to many, and the only thing he's known better for than great work is his genuine care for people.

And everyone lucky enough to work with him knows it.


Global Creative Director

Burke knows what he’s doing.

Seriously. He's able to art direct simply and with style. His original design and layouts are hard to top. And he's a great partner with an endless stream of ideas. Burke is the guy you want to work with.

End of story.


Sr. Creative Manager, Arnold Worldwide

I put Burke on the list of the most valuable art directors.

He not only is a conceptual thinker capable of coming up with big ideas but he is also capable and willing to handle a very busy workload. Burke has proven he can work on multiple clients at a time and meet every deadline.

Burke is a pleasure to work with and I have no trouble recommending him for any other agency.


SVP, Group Account Director

Aside from having the best name of anyone in advertising, Burke Lauderdale is an exemplary creative and human in general. He is one of those rare people you meet in life that have the facile ability to blend insane creative talent with a high level intellect and rapier like humorous wit.

He is a champion of ideas, embracer of strategy and a truly curious mind.

As his “account guy,” it was always a pleasure to work with Burke as he took the time to truly understand the challenge at hand, and in turn, to challenge me. He made me a better Account Director as a result. His departure leaves a big hole on the team and we will all miss him.

Aside from his freakish ability to bowl without using the finger holes, I would recommend Burke for any agency/creative opportunity that wants to be successful by hiring awesome people with great names and amazing talent.


Burke Lauderdale is a freelance Creative Director, Art Director who hangs his hat in Austin, TX.
He works anywhere planes fly and there is a solid wi-fi connection.


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