2020 Journey Awards: Creative Professional of the Year Brian Brooker

Posted on Jul. 15, 2020  /  Journey Awards  /  

This week, we’re celebrating our Kansas City visionaries virtually at the 2020 Journey Awards. Check out this video introducing Brian Brooker, our 2020 Journey Awards Creative Professional of the Year, and read his full acceptance letter below.

Dear AAF-KC,

I am honored and excited to accept the Journey award for Creative Professional of the year.

(Mainly because my chances were slim for Math Professional of the year.)

Seriously, I truly appreciate the recognition. Especially when I consider all of the deserving, talented creatives I’ve been fortunate enough to work with over the years.

I consider being a creative the best job in the world. I actually get to think of ideas for a living.

The best work only happens when you follow a three-step process.

  • Come up with a great idea.
  • Throw it away.
  • Come up with a better one. 


Every project, no matter what the budget, no matter what the timeline, is a creative opportunity. You just need to find that angle, that spark, that insight and then breathe fresh life into it. Great creative is like great jazz — it’s more fun when it’s a jam session.

Thanks again. If somebody wants to buy me a shot, I won’t turn you down.

Brian Brooker

VP Creative & Communications, Garmin


About the Journey Awards

The AAF-KC Journey Awards honor Kansas City’s best and brightest advertising professionals where they stand today. These awards recognize five local leaders who make an impact on the Kansas City advertising community through volunteerism, personal or agency-led efforts or commitment to the development of others.

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