Let’s be clear here. We’re an advertising agency. We make things that surprise and delight the world. But our focus is also on helping clients tackle their hairiest business problems, not just their advertising challenges.
We’re about people first – the best talent teamed with the bravest clients. We don’t have a hit list of brands we want to go after. Instead, we have a list of people we’d kill to work with, again or for the first time.
We’re looking for courageous souls and fearless thinkers more interested in making history than repeating it, all in pursuit of work that both drives business results and leaves a dent in culture.
WHAT WE DO
- Digital Interactive
- Social Media
The TeamThe ARGONAUT team
ARGONAUTSan Francisco, the home of ARGONAUT
Rick Condos & Hunter HindmanChief Creative OfficersRick and Hunter are responsible for making sure that every person in the company understands that they play a creative role, and all have a responsibility in helping to craft the world-class executions they produce for clients. Their partnership began 10 years ago at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco. Throughout their time together, they’ve won lots of awards (Cannes, The One Show, Art Director’s Club, D&AD, Epica, AICP, etc.) and they were named two of the top 20 creative directors worldwide by Creativity magazine, while also twice winning Campaign of the Year honors in the same publication. They were awarded International Campaign of the year by Campaign magazine and received the prestigious Vision award by the New York Art Director’s Guild. They also share an irrational love of automobiles. Hunter’s obsession runs much deeper, and is much more costly than Rick’s, but the education continues.
Robert RiccardiCEOA San Francisco native, Robert joined ARGONAUT in May 2016 as CEO. Most recently a managing partner at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, he spent 23 years at the shop working on marquee accounts. In 1996 he was named one of six partners and took over the management of the account services department. During his tenure, Robert managed packaged-goods accounts such as Frito-Lay and Häagen-Dazs, automotive brands such as Hyundai and Chevrolet, and technology accounts like eBay, Netflix, and Adobe. He has also had extensive experience with global brands, including HP, Netflix, and Chevrolet.
Max HelibronHead of StrategyHaving no silos when it comes to strategy makes for smarter, more holistic work. As Head of Strategy at ARGONAUT, Max brings an integrated approach to problem solving that few agencies can mimic. He spent the last decade at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, mastering every aspect of the strategic arts: media buying, media planning, communication strategy, and brand strategy. His ability to work across all strategic disciplines is unique in the industry: he's as happy being swaddled in creative briefs or wrapped up in media plans. During his career he has been recognized across the strategic spectrum (Effies, Media Lions, David Oglivy Awards, Jay Chiat Awards, Creative Media Awards)and has worked on clients including Frito-Lay, NBA, eBay, Hyundai, Elizabeth Arden, Got Milk, Häagen-Dazs, Google, Comcast, Sonic Drive-In, Nickelodeon, Cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos, and Fritos – all of the –itos, actually. It’s fair to say he’s an –ito expert.
Katie RaffertyHead of Brand ManagementAs Head of Brand Management, Katie is responsible for re-imagining how ARGONAUT approaches the client/agency relationship. Her passion for creating trusted relationships that lead to groundbreaking work is infectious. She is tireless in her dedication to both our growing agency and our trusted clients, always pushing both to get world-class work that delivers world-class results. Prior to joining ARGONAUT, Katie ran TD Ameritrade, Sonic Drive-In and Frito-Lay at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Prior to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Katie oversaw the Kellogg’s kids cereal business at Leo Burnett in Chicago. There she managed the strategy and development of the first-ever Super Bowl spot for a kids’ cereal brand (via the Frosted Flakes Plant-a-Seed initiative) and helped reverse a decade’s worth of sales declines for Kellogg’s Corn Pops by leading an Effie award-winning campaign that overcame perceptions among tweens that the cereal just tasted like corn.
Maura MenapaceHead of Culture & TalentAs Head of Culture & Talent, Maura oversees all aspects of our agency life here at ARGONAUT. Leading everything from staffing & recruitment to agency events and operations, she keeps a hawkish eye on our growing agency. Her principle responsibility is making sure that as we grow, we are making thoughtful choices that will further the growth and development of our people. A former Account Director, Maura understood the ARGONAUT vision from day one and after several months of leading the agency’s early accounts, we knew that there was no one that would be more perfect for this vital role. She has been an instrumental part of our growth and her passion for the agency is contagious. Before ARGONAUT, Maura spent four years at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Prior to that, she held account leadership roles on iconic brands such as Pepsi, Pepsi Max, and The GRAMMYs, at TBWA\Chiat\Day\LA, and Volkswagen at Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
Dan WatsonHead of Integrated ProductionAs Head of Integrated Production, Dan is charged with overseeing production across all disciplines at ARGONAUT. He prides himself on being a total nerd about finding smart, elegant solutions to exciting creative challenges of all stripes. Dan co-founded and was Executive Producer for 11 years at L.A.-based boutique commercial production company, Open Films. During his tenure, Dan executive produced over $50,000,000 in production contracts. As a Senior Producer at Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, SVP Director of Broadcast Production for FCB SF, and Senior Broadcast Producer at DDB SF, Dan has had the good fortune to produce work for such brands as Chevrolet, Cisco, Doritos, Comcast, Electronic Arts, Dickies, Levi’s, Clorox, Volkswagen, AT&T, Jordan, Google and Fitbit…and to have been awarded occasionally for the effort.