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HUSH Signs Gabe Banner and Dan Rodriguez


Gabe Banner and Dan Rodriguez
Gabe Banner and Dan Rodriguez

HUSH has signed Gabe Banner and Dan Rodriguez to leadership positions. Rodriguez will assume the role of director of engagement in order to support HUSH’s long-term client relationships by facilitating communication between design phases and project cycles. Banner is the newly appointed director of production, structuring all projects and tackling design challenges. With these two new roles, Ryan McGrath will become the director of operations in order to focus on the studio’s core functions, including work processes, growth strategies, fiscal responsibility, best practices and the foundations of client engagement, particularly at a project’s initial phases.

According to HUSH co-founder/creative partner David Schwarz, “Their presence means that we can solve bigger, more complex design challenges while continually supporting our clients. In addition to being some of the best in the business, these guys fit into our studio culture perfectly: creative, motivated, respectful and fun – and with some good stories to bring to the table.”

Rodriguez joins HUSH following nearly a decade leading multi-channel initiatives for major brands and entertainment properties. Most recently with the creative agency Campfire, he led projects for clients including L’Oréal Paris USA, THQ Games, Cinemax/HBO, PBS and National Geographic Channel. His passion for storytelling and his understanding of fan culture and communities fuel innovative tactics and strategies in digital, social and experiential marketing. Previously a lead on HUSH projects for Estee Lauder and Ted Baker London, Rodriguez will now help drive the conversations with clients from initial concept development through delivery.

“Dan is a guy who’s incredibly savvy at seeing everyone’s point of view,” Schwarz said. “He always gives honest feedback.”

Banner was recently EP of digital agency R/GA’s experiential division and part of the creative force behind Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners’ experiential division LIME. He is a veteran guerrilla marketer and New York City DJ and club promoter. He will manage projects at all stages, making sure each one is running efficiently with the best possible team behind it. Banner will lead project managers, working in tandem with clients, Rodriguez and McGrath, to provide a full-service experience. Banner has already led several projects for HUSH, including the Racer installation project for Google and several Nike experiential projects. Additionally, he has expanded HUSH’s reach by introducing resources, partnerships and relationships.

“One of Gabe’s most impressive skills is his wealth of knowledge and connections to people across all aspects of design, from art to film to production to architecture to technology and craftsmanship – he knows everyone,” Schwarz said. “Both Dan and Gabe are multi-talented, experienced characters with interesting, varied backgrounds.”

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