Hi, I am Ken Drab. Thank you for letting me share my story in a more flexible creative setting.

I am a creative brand evangelist, champion, and loyalist. I am driven to bring ideas and identities to life, to ignite a passion that goes beyond the logo – to make it anything but “drab”.

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My goal is to stand out from the crowd and show you why I am a great fit as a Sr. Associate Athletics Director of Marketing, Fan Engagement & Branding - Marketing & Promotions for the University of Florida

Here's what I know about the University of Florida:

The University of Florida is among the top universities in the United States. The Florida Gators are one of the premier brands in not only college athletics, but in all of sports. The athletic program has championed the student-athlete and come to stand as the standard-bearer for more than football. The Gators have won the SEC All-Sports trophy an unprecedented 28 times and has ranked among the nation’s top ten in NCAA Division I athletic programs (every year since 1983–84). The Florida Gator experience from on-campus live events, through television, or social media interaction, has built a dedicated and loyal fanbase – the Gator Nation.

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Here's what I bring to this role:

I am excited about this opportunity because the responsibilities listed for this role fall within the scope of my experience – most recently as Senior Creative Director at Rakuten, a global advertising, marketing, and media company. As a leader, the development of my teams has been a priority. I have built and managed a global team across various disciplines, coordinating resources while nurturing team and individual growth to fuel mutual investment and raise productivity. I’ve worked closely with stakeholders at all levels to build a robust and collaborative ecosystem that ensures a cohesive creative culture. Additionally, I have worked with external agencies to help evolve the company identity and incorporated systems to maximize the availability of assets and standardize the brand experience. I’m also a sports fan and have been an avid Florida Gator fan since the early ’90s.

One of the strengths I’ve developed has been the ability to focus on the things I can impact. Prioritizing company and team goals, authentic investment in people, and nurturing relationships have been the cornerstone of how I develop and lead by example.

Here is where my expertise will help you.

I have been fortunate to experience a broad scope of leadership responsibilities

Discipline Focus

  • Brand
  • Advertising
  • Marketing

Primarily throughout my career, I have been focused on design, but I’ve leveraged my problem solving skills to provide solutions for various areas of the business.

Leadership Experience

Management - 12 Years
Organizational - 14 Years
Operational - 16 Years

My obsession with efficiency starts with being highly-proficient with these tools

Office Tool Expertise

PowerPoint
Word
Excel
Outlook

I have twenty years of experience in the Adobe design suite of applications (even before it was CC – and remember some Quark Xpress too).

Out of necessity, I have become an expert in Microsoft PowerPoint and integrating design into reusable templates that provide functionality for most basic users.

Design Tool Expertise

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
InDesign
Dreamweaver
CC Libraries
Acrobat

Kind words from colleagues

I bringwith me every day.

Kind words from my teams

This page is specifically designed to give you a detailed sense of how I leverage thinking outside the box to attain creative solutions, yet color within the lines to maintain a professional branded presence and achieve goals.

Here is where my experience will help me.

CREATIVE EXPERTISE

Internationally, I work intimately with regions all over the globe. As the world has become a borderless marketplace, my experience has broadened to include managing regional creative demands, language design variations and nuances, and culturally diverse designers and teams.

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Mouseover the different areas for more detail on how I have managed Regional Creative Responsibilities, Language Variations, and Design Nuances, as well as Functional Teams and Designers.

  • Regional

    Responsible for creative and brand development

  • Language

    Language variations and design nuances

  • Teams

    Managed functional teams and designers

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I look forward to speaking with you soon!