The Unfiltered, Unbiased Truth About Ken Drab

Written completely and objectively by Ken Drab and not remotely awkward in the third person:

ken-profile-picKen Drab is an illustrator, designer and writer with a long career in advertising, marketing and brand design.

You can reach Ken through the twitters or as RicktheStick.

By Day

Ken is Senior Creative Director for Rakuten Advertising, a digital marketing agency. He runs a global creative organization from Tampa, Florida but works very closely with his team throughout the U.S. and internationally in the U.K. and Australia. Aside from executing both global and regional creative brand strategies he manages design teams responsible for the company’s internal marketing, as well as advertiser focused affiliate and programmatic display solutions.

By Night

Ken has six self-published books, three children’s picture books and three that include over 900 strips for his webcomic, Rick the Stick. He was highlighted as one of Tampa’s local authors on the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative website. He has also illustrated for the adventure tale ‘Treasure in Paradise‘ written by Thomas Cleare. He also got a little full of himself by creating an Amazon Author’s page for his books.

His children’s books are primarily focused on and about his two boys, who also co-authored and co-illustrated ‘Billy the Silly Goat’.

By George

Ken has spent time living in Guam, while designing for an advertising agency on international accounts and was the morning DJ on the island’s only ‘Rock’ radio station. Ken has an entrepreneurial spirit, as he partnered in a radio network that provided daily updates for the Florida Marlins in their inaugural season and conducted post-game interviews (a highlight was covering a road game in old Shea stadium against the New York Mets). Ken also lived in Gainesville, Florida working as the Marketing Director for the country’s first nationally printed discount hotel guide and helping to rebrand and launch the company into the digital era.

By Golly

Of all the professions and roles Ken has explored throughout his life, he counts his most important job as a father and second as skootch to his family.