As AC&M celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary, we also celebrate those that have made the agency a success. Our Art Director, Walker Corl, has been instrumental in this success and just celebrated five years with the company. Since beginning work with us in 2010, he has seen the agency triple in size, bring on several Fortune 500 clients, and has helped grow AC&M creative capabilities by leaps and bounds. AC&M’s creative work is one of our most in demand services, undoubtedly due to Walker’s hard word and dedication.
Walker started at AC&M as a graphic design intern out of Central Piedmont Community College, after Director of Brand Integration, Pacino Mancillas, attended one of his portfolio shows. Some of his early projects included design elements for Family Dollar and American Airlines, as well as Soccer.com where he created assets for grassroots soccer activations. Having the opportunity to work with an agency and clients so heavily invested in soccer, established a platform for Walker to combine work with personal interests.
Walker’s work ethic and talents were evident from early on, so it didn’t take long for him to work his way up. Within six months, Walker was hired full-time, and after a year, promoted to Senior Graphic Designer. Just one year later, Walker was named to his current role of Art Director.
Walker is constantly learning and developing new skills to further his growth as an all-around creative expert. Beyond graphic design, his proficiencies include everything from animations and video production to photography and website coding. Along with Creative Director, Manolo Guajardo, Walker has help build the creative department into the hub of the agency, since their scope of work includes deliverables for virtually every single one of our clients.
Here’s what Walker had to say about his time at AC&M:
The biggest lesson he learned during his early days an intern:
“Just to trust myself as a designer. I was often unsure if I should do this, or if I should do that, but AC&M really had a lot of trust in me. It really help me become confident in my work and led me to take a lot more initiative”
– How AC&M has grown in the time he’s been here:
“When I started there were only three creative and eight employees in the entire agency. Now we’re at 25 total, so we’ve grown steadily. Creatively, we’re capable of so much more now that we’re a bigger team and that we’ve incorporated things like video, animations, and commercials into our work.”
– His favorite projects:
“I really enjoy doing creative work for TiendaFutbolMundial.com, developing visuals for things like the website and social media; those are always a lot of fun to design. One of my favorite experiences was doing the Fernando Fiore photoshoot for them. It was a blast meeting him and hearing his stories of all the great people he’s rubbed elbows with in his career. He was telling me how last summer in Brazil for the World Cup, Pele asked him to hang out. Pele! I couldn’t believe it.”
– The best thing about being at AC&M:
“It sounds cliché, but it really is the people. We’re such a tight-knit group and we all work well together. Granted, it’s not hard when everyone is so passionate about what we do; we’re a bunch of soccer fans from different cultural backgrounds working in cultural and soccer marketing. That just creates a great company culture that’s hard to find anywhere else.”