At a very early age, Julio was drawn to art. As a result, he declined an official appointment to study engineering and play football at the West Point Military Academy. Instead, he decided to attend Michigan State University where he earned his BFA in Graphic Design. 
Today, Julio is a creative director at mcgarrybowen in Chicago leading the creation of brand, design, digital, and social content for various accounts including Chamberlain University, Disney, Kingsford, Marriott International, and US Tennis Association.
Prior to joining mcgarrybowen, Julio spent time at other notable Chicago firms including Leo Burnett, FCB Global, Burrell Communications, and Harpo Studios (to name a few).  He worked on various accounts including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Ford, Kraft, McDonald’s, The OWN Network -- earning a few awards and accolades along the way.
In addition to working with high-profile brands, Julio has had the good fortune of working with numerous high-profile celebrities and athletes including Ms. Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Keegan-Michael Key, Will.i.am, Robert Smigel, Allen Iverson, Emmitt Smith, Dominique Wilkins, Sam Elliott, Ed Helms, Don Cornelius, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Michael Johnson, Kobayashi, Iyanla Vanzant, William S. Burroughs, and many others.
With over two decades of experience, Julio has literally done it all. At the end of the day, he believes that at the core of any successful creative execution is a single, undeniable truth that inspires viewers, users, and consumers to act.
In his spare time, Julio enjoys illustrating, shooting lifestyle photography, playing video games, watching tech videos, and above all, spending time with his wife, three kids, and their rambunctious dog, Asher.
AGENCIES
Leo Burnett, Euro RSCG (Havas), FCB, Rathbone Moncaleano Desir, Burrell Communications, Harpo Productions, The Marketing Store, Cavalry, and mcgarrybowen 
BRANDS 
Reebok, Hallmark, Kraft, Red Lobster, Midas, Toyota, Verizon, Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Miller Lite, Electronic Arts, Boeing, McDonald’s, KFC, General Growth Properties, Marriott, Ford, General Motors, Disney, and others 
SKILLS & Knowledge
Advertising, Art Direction, Brand Development, Branding & Identity, Broadcast Television, Concept Development, Corporate Branding, Creative Direction, Creative Strategy, CRM, Digital Marketing, Digital Photography, Direct Marketing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Integrated Marketing, Logo Design, Mobile Marketing, Online Marketing, Outdoor Advertising, Print, Shopper Marketing, Social Media, UX/UI Design, Video Production, Web Design
SOFTWARE
Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, Lightroom, Premiere, Bridge, Muse, Portfolio, After Effects, Sketch, Keynote, Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many more
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Addies, Clios, Effies, Reggies, Mobius, New York Festivals, Chicago Tribune, Ad Age, Adweek, WSJ, USA Today, Chicago International Movies & Music Festival, Orlando Urban Film and Music Festival, and others 
CELEBRITIES
Ms. Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Keegan-Michael Key, Allen Iverson, Kathryn Morris, Will.i.am, Funkmaster Flex, Spinderella, Ed Helms, Eduardo Kobra, Doppel, Reka, Eboy, Emmitt Smith, Sam Elliott, Dominique Wilkins, Don Cornelius, Fred "The Hammer" Williamson, Iyanla Vanzant, Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Johnson, Magnus ver Magnusson, Kobayashi, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Herman Moore, Robert Smigel, William S. Burroughs, and more
10 RANDOM FUN FACTS
01 - I build computers for fun. 02 - Owned over 50 smartphones and currently use three. 03 - My dog is named Asher, after the New York Times best-selling author. 04 - Later became friends with Jay Asher, the New York Times best-selling author. Awkward. 05 - Got a kiss from the original Foxy Brown. 06 - I was the fastest high school hurdler in the Midwest for a day. 07 - I once was a bodyguard for Whitney Houston. 08 - I know basically four chords yet can play over 100 songs on my acoustic guitar. 09 - I directed an award-winning short film. 10 -  I'm a compulsive doodler.
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