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JAY HOWELL

International Artist

Jay was exposed to the punk music early in life by his older sister and immediately developed a deep love for skateboarding and the D.I.Y. ethos it shared with the punk community. Early on, Jay began making his own self-published zines of art and drawing graphics for skateboards. Jay now lives and works in Los Angeles with his rescue dog, Street Dog. His unique style, irreverent humor, and funny characters are recognized internationally and have been exhibited around the world, from Slow Culture Gallery in Los Angeles to Colette in Paris.

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NINI SUM

International Artist

Nini Sum, artist born in Nanjing, China now lives and works in Shanghai. Founder of IdleBeats - the first independent screen printing studio in China, which is now known worldwide as a quality print art studio. Nini is also the winner of 'Cut&Paste' Art and Design Global Tournament China station and competed for China in New York. Her unique style has gained collectors around the world, her recent exhibitions include a solo show at Identity Gallery Hong Kong, and group exhibitions at Newsagency Gallery Sydney, Stieglitz19 Gallery Antwerp, No Man's Art Gallery in Oslo and Amsterdam and more.

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JAMIE REILLY

Vans VP of Global Creative

For a skateboarding, punk rock kid who’s just graduated from a design program, there may be no job more ideal than music editor at a skateboard magazine. Unless, of course, that magazine also needs an art director. That’s exactly where Jamie Reilly found himself as the ink on his BFA dried. His job at SLAP magazine launched him into a 10 year career as a graphic designer, 1st in the action sports industry and eventually at his 1st ad agency, initially as a designer, and then, as the web took off, doing interactive work. A few years later, he arrived in the hallowed halls of Chiat\Day.

When he started working at Chiat\Day in 2003, Apple was a computer company with one other relatively new product: the iPod. Jamie was hired as the 1st digital creative on Apple, a role that would evolve to working over all media as the group split off from Chiat\Day to found Apple’s dedicated agency, TBWA \Media Arts Lab, where Jamie would spend the next eight years, at one time or another running each part of the Apple account.

During that time he helped introduce the world to things like iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, MacBook Air, countless iPods, Pixar’s “WALL-E,” the reboot of the iPod silhouettes and Adweek’s “Campaign of the Decade,” Mac vs. PC. Weighed down by his collection of Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, Clios, Effies, Webbies, and other similarly cutely named trophies, but satisfied that Apple was finally financially stable, Jamie left MAL at the end of 2012. Enjoying a brief respite from full time employment, he wrote a screenplay, a TV pilot, worked on a short documentary with Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim, and still managed to sneak in a little advertising, freelancing at 72andsunny, Wieden+Kennedy, and his old home, Chiat\Day.

72andsunny so enjoyed his company while he was pitching Google that they asked him to come aboard full time and run their pitch for Honda. (pause, moment of silence. we didn’t win.) After that he worked on Target, Google, pitched Samsung TVs and Computers (we won, hooray!) and helmed Target’s 2013 holiday campaign, a behemoth consisting of 18 television spots, 6 digital films, a print campaign, and large social response campaign. He continued on, running Target’s back to school campaign for 2014,

Jamie left 72andsunny to run the Los Angeles of ce of Kastner & Partners, Red Bull’s agency of record. As Chief Creative Officer at Kastner, Jamie was responsible for all of Red Bull’s above the line marketing in North America, in addition to the Adidas Golf business, and projects for Honda, and Otter Box.

He left Kastner and went to work with Laurene Jobs as she worked to rethink public education with the XQ Superschool program, and also worked for Harrison Ford’s non-profit, Conservation International in preparation for the Paris Climate Accords.

Then he got a call to go work at Vans, just in time to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic brand. That’s where you will find him now, happily eating Vietnamese food for lunch. 

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JUSTICE LEE

Art & Design Manager, Vans Asia Pacific

Justice Lee has been leading the Art and Design team for Vans Asia Pacific since 2012, developing creative content to promote the brand and its identity through its four pillars, Action Sports, Music, Street Culture and Art.

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NICK STREET

VP of Global Integrated Marketing, Vans

Nick Street was appointed the VP of Global Integrated Marketing in October 2016 and is responsible for leading the global marketing initiatives across product, brand and action sports. Street began his career with Vans in 2006 and has worked in three regional offices around the world, making Street a true global representative of the Vans brand.

Prior to working at Vans global headquarters, Street was the marketing director of Vans Asia Pacific in 2014. In this role, Street drove Vans’ Asia Pacific marketing strategy and provided marketing leadership to achieve company goals in branding, messaging and positioning. While balancing localization with Vans’ globally consistent brand culture, he successfully launched three of Vans’ biggest brand platforms, Vans Park Series, House of Vans and Vans Custom Culture, for the first time to the Asia market. Those platforms have ultimately contributed to Vans’ local brand affinity and continued growth in Asia Pacific.

Street has lead significant work building dynamic teams of strong individuals and agencies, creating regional EMEA and APAC Go-To-Market processes, and establishing digital leadership for the brand by the effective use of social media channels.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Street was based in Switzerland doing multi-channel marketing across the EMEA region in direct and distributor markets for Vans, Reef and Eastpak, divisions of V.F. Corp.

Earlier in his career, Street worked as a tour and events manager organizing his own events. He graduated from the Arts Institute Bournemouth with a degree in Art and Event Management.

In his spare time, Street skateboards and snowboards and enjoys photography and playing music. Street is an avid art collector and has a keen interest in street art.

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MATHEW MORGAN

Marketing Director, Vans Asia Pacific

Mathew Morgan was appointed Marketing Director Vans Asia Pacific in 2016 where he drives marketing strategy and provides leadership to achieve company goals in branding, messaging and positioning. He graduated from Okanagan University College with a degree in Fine Art. Mathew has been living in Asia over 15 years and currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife and son.

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LIZZY YAO

Brand Communication Director, Vans APAC

Lizzy Yao was appointed as the Brand communication Director for Vans Asia Pacific. She drives brand communication strategy, leading Vans brand eco-system includes Media, PR & KOL strategies in addition to Digital and E-commerce Marketing. She graduated from the China Academy of Art with a degree in Fine Arts, Visual Design and New Media.

Besides her life at Vans, she is also a independent jewellery designer and guest DJ based in Hong Kong.

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BRIAN JOHNSON

Special Projects Merchandise Manager, Vans Asia Pacific

Brian Johnson came onboard as the Special Projects Merchandise Manager for Vans Asia Pacific in 2015. He facilitates regional collaboration and special projects to help drive energy and bring awareness to Vans. Prior to his life at Vans, he had spent his formative years in San Francisco painting graffiti, DJing small local gigs, and generally running amok.

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