Paul Venables

Paul Venables

Founder, Chairman at Venables Bell & Partners, San Francisco

San Francisco, United States

My Latest Work



If Paul were here talking with you right now, he would surely point out that the agency’s big, sweeping, trademark-able philosophy has nothing to do with buzz generation, media agnosticism or content creation, but is simply “our intentions are good.” Those good intentions – doing right by our people and our clients – have helped Paul and his partners attract about 200 of the nicest, most talented people you'll find in advertising as well as big-time clients like eBay, Audi, Google, ConAgra, Phillips66 and Intel. Prior to opening VB&P in 2001, Paul was Co-Creative Director, Associate Partner and heir-apparent of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. By the end of his six-plus years there he was running over $400 million in business and had won various and sundry industry awards for clients like Pacific Bell, Discover Card, Porsche, Bell Helmets, Nike, Polaroid, Netflix, HotBot and SBC. Venables was also an Associate Creative Director at Korey, Kay & Partners, a copywriter at McCaffrey and McCall and a telephone receptionist at a small New York agency. He had attempted to start his career as a telephone receptionist at a large New York agency, but failed their typing tests. 

People I worked with

Greg Bell
Craig Allen
Group Creative Director
Will McGinness
Partner, Executive Creative Director
Venables Bell & Partners
Erich Pfeifer
Creative Director
Venables Bell & Partners
Crystal English
Art Director
Venables Bell & Partners

Managing Partner

November 2009 - April 2012 (2 years 5 months)

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