John McNeal | Owner & Creative Lead
If there was a spectrum of creativity which ran from fine artist and on one end and engineer on the other, I consider myself smack dab in the middle. With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University, I’m a rational creative which lends itself well to my passion for problem-solving.
I worked for many years as a 3d animator, creating architectural virtual tours for my clients. In the process, saw the value and impact our creative solutions made for our client’s projects. This led me to invest further in my storytelling by enrolling in Animation Mentor, an intense online school founded by animators at Pixar.
As a kid, I saw artistic creativity modeled daily from my mother who was an accomplished singer and painter, and my father who also sang and played the piano. This took me on creative endeavors which usually involved pulling paper towel rolls and tissue boxes out of waste baskets to form random concoctions, much to my mother’s dismay. When I wasn’t making toys, I played with Transformers (Robots in Disguise), Legos and Lincoln Logs.
It’s taken many years to uncover and embrace my unique skill set, which I describe as “strategic visionary creative conversationalist shenanigan aficionado.” When I work with individuals in businesses, I bring all my experiences, talents and creativity. I use them all to invest, encourage, and leave people better than that last time we met.
I speak two languages fluently, English and movie quotes. I love my wife and three children, am a jazz pianist, stay active in my church, and have a hard time refusing Skittles, pistachios, and fresh ground black pepper.