Jeff Goodby

Co-Chairman and Partner

Jeff, along with his friend Rich, started this whole thing.

Jeff grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Harvard, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Boston, and his illustrations have been published in TIME, Mother Jones and Harvard Magazine.

He began his advertising career at J. Walter Thompson and was lucky enough to meet the legendary Hal Riney, whom he still thinks of as his mentor, at Ogilvy & Mather. It was with Riney that Goodby learned his reverence for surprise, humor, craft and restraint.

He also met a guy named Rich Silverstein at Ogilvy & Mather. They founded GS&P in 1983. Since then, the two have won just about every advertising award imaginable.

And yes, Jeff was the guy who originally wrote “got milk?” on a napkin.

He is also a director, and two of his commercials were selected to be among the top 30 advertising films of the 1990s by The One Club.

In 2006 he was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

He continues to believe that his success is a happy confluence of his mother, a painter; his father, a Wharton graduate; and his family, a constant reminder of irony and humility.

Jeff lives in Oakland, California, with his family, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, three horses and probably some other things he doesn’t know about.

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Rich Silverstein

Co-Chairman and Partner

Rich, along with his friend Jeff, started this whole thing.

Rich grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. After graduating from the Parsons School of Design in New York City, he moved to San Francisco against his father’s wishes.

He worked as an art director in one-year increments for Rolling Stone magazine; Bozell & Jacobs; McCann Erickson; Foote, Cone & Belding; and Ogilvy & Mather, where he met Jeff Goodby and finally settled down. They founded GS&P in 1983 and have won just about every advertising award imaginable.

In 2002 he was inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame and, two years later, into The One Club Creative Hall of Fame. Along with his partner Jeff, he was named Executive of the Decade by Adweek.

Rich sets a standard of design that has led the agency to compete against the country’s leading design studios. His passion is evident whether he’s crafting client work, creating his own work, working on projects for the Center for Investigative Reporting and Illuminate the Arts, the organization behind The Bay Lights.

He serves on the board of Specialized Bicycles, and though he recently retired from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy board after 15 years, he continues to develop work for them that keeps their brand the envy of our country’s park system.

After a number of years in Marin, Rich and his wife, Carla Emil, again live in San Francisco, together with Felix the cat. He has two grown kids, Aaron and Simone, and is a proud grandfather to Maple, Will, Owen and Emma.

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Margaret Johnson

Executive Creative Director and Partner

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in journalism and mass communication, Margaret earned a degree in art direction at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her early advertising career included stops at Leonard, Monahan, Lubars & Kelly in Providence, Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth on accounts like Polaroid and Keds tennis shoes, and at The Richards Group in Dallas, Texas, where she worked on Id Software, creators of video games like Doom and Quake. She launched lots of games with monsters, screaming faces and dead bodies.

In 1996 Margaret received a call from GS&P. She packed up and headed west. In the years since, she’s worked on just about every account in the building: SONIC Drive-In, TD Ameritrade, Häagen-Dazs, HP, Logitech, Nintendo, Specialized, Foster Farms, Budweiser, Yahoo! and Nest, to name a few. She was made a partner at GS&P in 2012.

She’s won awards at every major show, including The One Show’s first-ever Green Pencil for the Häagen-Dazs “HD Loves HB” campaign in 2009, the 2010 Kelly Awards Grand Prize for the Häagen-Dazs “Five” campaign, a 2011 Cannes Cyber Lion for the Yahoo! outdoor interactive “Bus Stop Derby” and two 2011 Lions for the Logitech “Ivan Cobenk” spot, which was included as one of the CLIO Awards’ 100 all-time “World’s Best Commercials.”

Business Insider named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Advertising” in 2012. 

In 2008 she produced and directed Dunkumentary, which was featured in the Short Film Corner at Cannes. She also blogs about things she sees out of her car window and is writing a book with her husband about not losing touch with the cool, dynamic person you were before you had kids…which they started seven years ago, before they had kids.

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Robert Riccardi

Managing Partner

Robert is a local guy, having grown up in the Bay Area and graduating from UC Berkeley.

Some 20 years ago, he joined GS&P to help run the agency’s then-largest account, American Isuzu Motors. In the first few years that followed, he played a key role in landing accounts such as Porsche of North America, the California Milk Processor Board (“got milk”), HP, eBay and others.

In 1996 he was named one of six partners and took over the management of the account services department. He is now the agency’s managing partner, a title he shares with Derek Robson.

In his time at the agency, Robert has managed a wide variety of clients, including packaged-goods accounts such as Frito-Lay and Häagen-Dazs, automotive companies such as Hyundai and Chevrolet, and technology accounts such as eBay, Netflix and Adobe. He has also had extensive experience with global brands.

At a critical time in GS&P’s evolution, Robert helped identify and integrate the agency’s digital talent together with its more traditional practitioners. He was also instrumental in organizing a more cohesive strategy group that combines classic account planning and communications strategy. In part, this integration of disciplines was key to GS&P being recognized as Digital Agency of the Year as well as Agency of the Decade.

Robert has always been a very humanistic and empathetic leader, understanding that change and evolution in advertising is a constant, but he believes that it’s motivated people who make real change a reality. “Models are great; everyone’s got one. But knowing how to get people excited about and invested in new opportunities and new ideas is far more important than any theory or model,” he said.

All in all, Robert is a pretty decent dude. Ask people. His wife, his two dogs and his family thinks so -- at least he hopes they do.



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