McKinney, Durham Follow Update

  • 318 Blackwell Street
  • Durham, North Carolina 27701
  • United States
  • Phone: (+1) 919.313.0802
  • Fax: (+1) 919.313.0805
  • Creative Development:29.0%
  • Production:14.0%
  • Account Services:19.0%
  • Media:13.0%
  • Marketing, Research & Strategic Planning:11.0%
  • Administration:12.0%
  • Others:2.0%
Number of Employees: 195
Brad Brinegar
Chairman and CEO
Phone: (+1) 919-313-4043

Brad learned collaboration rowing for Dartmouth: “A boat actually goes slower when one guy rows better than the rest. And there is no defense in rowing. The only way to win is to work harder, care more and pull together better than your opponents.” He earned an MBA from Columbia and then rose from trainee to CEO of Leo Burnett USA. He joined McKinney in 2002 to build an agency Ad Age has called “uniquely suited to thrive in a digital world.” Brad is on the board of the 4A’s and founded the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s Agency Advisory Board. 

John Newall
Phone: (+1) 919-313-4014

John joined McKinney in 2005 from Publicis after training at TBWA, JWT and Saatchi. He joined with no client responsibilities, tasked with leading McKinney’s pursuit of the Sony account. With that win in hand, he led the McKinney team responsible for Sony’s last successful TV launch, the Bravia. John has since led our efforts on behalf of Nationwide Insurance, Gold’s Gym, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Atlantic. Operating with a spirit of unconditional commitment to our clients’ success, John was named president of McKinney in 2012. A native of the U.K., he is a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire Business School. 

Jonathan Cude
Chief Creative Officer
Phone: (+1) 919-313-4109

Jonathan joined McKinney in 2003 from Wieden+Kennedy, where he created award-winning work for Nike and Diet Coke. Once here, he helped McKinney pioneer the digital and social worlds with groundbreaking campaigns such as the Audi A3 launch, The Art of the Heist. In 2008, he was named McKinney’s chief creative officer. Under Jonathan’s leadership, McKinney has won at every major award show, including Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, the CLIOs, the ANDYs, the Webby’s and the IAB MIXX Awards. But he is especially proud of our record of Effie-winning work. Jonathan is a proud Texas Longhorn. 

Adam Levine
Chief Marketing Officer
Phone: (+1) 646 380 5804
since September 2014
Contact for
  • - New Business

Known as a quick-with-a-quip leader with equal parts gravitas and passion, Adam is charged with growing the agency by matching McKinney’s creatively driven culture with clients whose business success we can impact. He has worked at DDB New York, Deutsch, DraftFCB and others, with a vast array of clients, including IKEA, Snapple, Zoloft, New York Lottery and Revlon. Historically an account man, Adam is the living embodiment of our “one agency, two doors” approach, dividing his time between Durham and New York. When he's not on a plane, he can be found escaping the city for a hike with his dog anywhere there’s a good trail. 

Jim Russell
Chief Digital Officer
Phone: (+1) 919-313-4086

Jim joined McKinney in 2003 from in Boston, where his MINI launch efforts were named the Most Innovative Campaign of the Year by Business 2.0. Jim helped McKinney become the first major agency to build a truly integrated digital capability, creating lateral thinkers able to take an idea wherever it needs to go. His role has expanded to embrace all forms of innovation, including oversight of the McKinney Ten Percent program. Jim started his career in artificial intelligence at Accenture before moving to their Center for Strategic Technology in Palo Alto. Jim graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. 

Walt Barron
Head of Account Planning
Phone: (+1) 919.313.4060

Walt joined McKinney in 2005 as account planner from McGarrah Jessee, where he started his ad career after being a Capitol Hill reporter in the Clinton years. Walt brings insight and ideas to our clients with a collaborative and humble approach that leads to big results no matter the challenge for iconic brands like Virgin to fast-moving retailers like Sherwin-Williams and complex financial services businesses like Nationwide. He was named head of Account Planning in 2012. A graduate of Davidson College and the VCU Brandcenter, Walt was recognized by the 4A’s as a rising star in account planning. 

Stephanie Sumner
Director of Business Development
Phone: (+1) 919-313-4195
Fax: (+1) 919-313-4045
Contact for
  • - New Business

A 15-year veteran of McKinney, Stephanie has built strong industry relationships and business development best practices that have helped McKinney build an enviable record of attracting great new clients to the agency. She is a master of the details and regularly works miracles that make it easy for the McKinney team to shine. Stephanie is a member of the 4A’s New Business Committee and a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.