Young Ones Student Awards

The Young Ones competition is one of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions. It has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1986.

2019 Young Ones Brief Jury

Vann Graves

Executive Director

VCU Brandcenter


Vann Graves joined the Brandcenter as executive director in August 2018, bringing 20+ years of creative and executive leadership experience. His work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including Cannes Lions, Grand London International Awards, a Grand Clio and the D&AD Graphite Pencil.

Prior to joining the Brandcenter, Vann served as Chief Creative Officer at J. Walter Thompson ATL; EVP, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann New York; VP, Creative Director at BBDO New York; and CoFounder at FL+G, a full-service branding agency in Denver.

Vann brings together creative and business expertise, having worked on some of the world’s leading global brands (Coca-cola, MasterCard, the U.S. Army, GE, M&M’s, Snickers, Visa to name a few). Throughout his career, he has put a high value on collaboration and commitment to support innovation and high-quality creative work.

Contributing to his approach to creative leadership is Vann’s experience in the military. A Fulbright scholar, he holds degrees from Howard University, the Pratt Institute and Harvard University.




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