DOUGLAS MENUEZ, PHOTOGRAPHY: Award-winning photojournalist Douglas Menuez covered a wide range of stories for Time, Newsweek, Life, and Fortune magazines over his 20-year career, including the Ethiopian famine, the Olympics, the AIDS crisis, and the rise of Silicon Valley and its innovators, such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. His many portrait assignments range from Mother Teresa, Robert Redford and Bill Clinton. Menuez’ work has won numerous awards and been featured in nine of the best-selling A Day in the Life book series. In 1989, Menuez co-published the bestseller 15 Seconds: The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1989, which generated more than half a million dollars in relief money for earthquake victims. In 1993, Menuez published Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, which documented Apple Computer. It was named one of the best 100 books of the last five years by Graphis. Stanford University Library recently acquired all of his negatives and papers. Menuez lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife and son.
ANDRÉS ZAMUDIO, ART DIRECTION: Born in Durango, México, Andrés Zamudio graduated from the Pratt Institute with a BFA in Advertising and Photography. He worked as a designer for fashion magazines such as Seventeen. After that, he sought the world of advertising, landing a job at The Bravo Group; a member of Young & Rubicam and one of the top Hispanic agencies in the United States. After a few years, and feeling nostalgic for México, he left to try Texas where he worked as an Associate Creative Director for Bromely Aguilar & Associates in San Antonio. Here, he contributed in bringing in the coveted Levi’s account. Seeking more challenges, he teamed up with a business colleague to build and design two restaurants: Café Soleil, with a French provincial theme and Paloma Blanca, a Southwestern/old country Mexican restaurant. After three very productive years in San Antonio and Austin, he returned to New York City where he consulted with The Bravo Group on accounts such as Philip Morris, AT&T, McDonalds and the United States Postal Service. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and works as an associate creative director for the San Jose Group on Michigan Avenue.
TOM WALKER, BRAND DEVELOPMENT: Tom Walker’s creative background bridges the worlds of design and photography with brand development and strategic planning. Most recently he was design director of A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces, responsible for the design of the book, museum exhibition, website and all ancillary products. Over the past 17 years, he has been responsible for the design of the Day in the Life book series, including A Day in the Life of Africa, America, the Soviet Union, Spain and Japan. In addition, he is responsible for the creation of other books including Christmas in America, The Power to Heal, From Alice to Ocean, The Who’s Tommy, The Musical and Passage to Vietnam. His creative experience in brand development began with supervising the worldwide implementation of Hong Kong Bank brand identity (currently known as HSBC Bank) and has carried through the design and development of brand and marketing campaigns for Continental Airlines, Ernst & Young and Capitol One. Most recently, he is responsible for developing brand strategies for Proctor & Gamble’s Tide and Cascade products. Additional clients include First Albany Brokerage, Bank Julius Baer and Citibank.
DAVID CARRIERE, PUBLICITY: For more than 15 years, David Carriere has been one of the premiere book publicists in America, specializing in illustrated books. Since getting his first job in publishing in 1986, working on A Day in the Life of America, Carriere has climbed the ranks at some of America’s most venerable publishing houses and book packagers. In the late 1990s, Carriere served as director of publicity and marketing for four imprints at HarperCollins. In 1999, he worked with Manhattan’s Music Theatre Group to help produce Running Man by Cornelius Eady and Diedre Murray. The Off-Broadway production was one of the three finalists selected for that year’s Pulitzer Prize in drama. For the last five years, Carriere has been the sole proprietor of The Carriere Company, a small publicity boutique representing some of the world’s finest authors, photographers, illustrators and artists.
J.R. GONZALES, MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Founded in 1986, Gonzales is the president and CEO of JRG Communications, Inc., a marketing and public relations firm that develops marketing and public relations strategies at local, state and national levels. Gonzales brings 20 years of leadership and business experience to HEAVEN, EARTH, TEQUILA to assist with development, strategic planning and marketing. Gonzales is also the past Chairman of the Board of Directors and the past President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
LISA MARÍA CABRERA, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: After graduating Harvard in 2000, Lisa María Cabrera went on to work as a researcher and production coordinator for documentary film, eventually making a home in New York City. For the past three years she honed her skills as a top producer for magazines such as Italian Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, British i-D, Nippon Vogue, Interview Magazine and V Magazine, specializing in fashion and celebrity shoots. Drawing on her experience in fundraising consulting and photo production, Lisa María Cabrera joins HEAVEN, EARTH, TEQUILA to bring cultural education and awareness of America’s Hispanic community.