Agency: Venables Bell and Partner

Location: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://www.venablesbell.com

Twitter:  @VenablesBell

Instagram: @VenablesBell


Honest. Fearless. Independent. Those are the three words that describe Venables Bell & Partners. An independently owned, 180-person advertising agency in the heart of San Francisco - we believe in creating for brands who want to make, well, honest and fearless work. In the past year, we were named Breakthrough Agency of the Year by AdAge, listed as one of the Best Places to Work, and counted on AdAge's 2016 Agency A-List. It's an exciting time to be at VB&P. We can't wait to welcome you on board for the summer!


Top three interesting facts about your agency that #MAIP2017 FELLOWS won't find on your website

  1. Fearless Project - We host an annual competition where employees have the opportunity to present a "fearless" idea to the agency. Whoever wins, receives $10,000 to spend on said project. Last year's projects ranged from filming an eye-opening documentary in Malaysia to fulfilling a long-time dream of fighting in a boxing match.    
  2. Culture's our top priority. We work hard, but we have fun. That means year round half-day Fridays, an all-agency Summer Picnic, trivia, book club, and seasonal philanthropy events. Hope you like Pizza! - every Friday, we treat the agency to lunch from various pizzerias in SF.    
  3. We aim to hire friendly, creative, interesting people. Our employees have some pretty impressive hobbies - an international pinball champion, a comic book artist, an author, a pastry chef, a field hockey pro, and an extreme long distance runner, plus many others. 

Top 3 Interesting Facts or Things to Do in the Agency's Host City?

  1. The entire city spans about 7 miles across. It's a walking city - no need for a car. You can get wherever you want to go via public transportation. Also home to the famous SF cable cars, for $7 you can ride up and down the city.   
  2. We have some of the best food in the world. Go to Northbeach for pasta, the Mission for tacos and pupusas, Chinatown for Dim Sum, Fisherman's Wharf for a sourdough bread bowl. The options are limitless.   
  3. You'll never run out of things to do here. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge, climb Coit Tower, picnic in Dolores Park, go to a Giants game, take the ferry to Sausalito, check out SF MoMA, etc.