Kurt Valenta

Creative Director


What is your role at Advance Ohio?

As Creative Director I am responsible for designing, managing and directing agency-quality artwork/campaigns internally and for our clients.

What was your first job?

When I was fifteen, I was hired as a Security Guard at G.C. Murphy Mart, (I did not carry).

What are 3 words to describe what makes you successful in your role with Advance Ohio?

Weathered, Fastidious, Pluperfect, (but, only on my best days)

What is your proudest moment at Advance Ohio?

Besides this honorific? Well, we do a lot of spec work that helps the sales team close. So getting the WIN is important and that makes me proud of my team. Just WIN baby.

What is your source of daily motivation?


What did you want to be when growing up?

At four, I called my Dad – who was at work – and I told him I wanted to be a stagecoach driver. Dad told me “in America I could be anything.” So, I ditched the stagecoach dream and went into advertising. I sometimes question that change in direction.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

22oz. T-Bone-Steak (med. well), handmade church Sauerkraut Pierogis, Lima Beans, Kettle One Vodka w/twist on the rocks, Coffee w/Splenda®, Ouzo®  in a crystal cordial, my wife’s Pecan Pie and one Grape PopSicle®

What is top on your bucket list?
I want to spend some serious time touring Irish pubs with my wife. Cheers!

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