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2013 Radio Jury

Chris Smith
Brand Creative Group Head
The Richards Group

Chris Smith is a Writer and Creative Director at Dallas advertising agency The Richards Group. In his nearly two decades in advertising, he has written for some of America’s best-known brands, including Motel 6, Zales, The Home Depot, 7-Eleven, Red Lobster and Chick-fil-A. His work has garnered him shiny paperweights from Communication Arts and The One Show, plus some Emmys, Effies, Clios, Addys, and a few other things that end in “—ies”. He has been fortunate enough to have his name engraved as Writer or Creative Director on four Radio Mercury Awards, including the $100,000 Grand Prize in 2009. 

Chris has moonlighted as an improv and stand-up comedian and voice-over performer for over 15 years. He has written articles for mental_floss magazine and jokes for television. He has also co-authored three books of trivia published by HarperCollins. Speaking of trivia, he is also a two-time Jeopardy! champion. And, like most admen over 40, he is in a rock band and working on a couple of screenplays. 

A native of upstate New York and graduate of Penn State, he lives in Dallas with his wife/college sweetheart Heather, their daughter Clara and twin sons Callum and Finnegan. He spends his free time wishing he had some.

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