ABOUT US

We believe in the power of ideas, imagination and insights.

At Brand World Creative, you’ll find seasoned creatives who produce engaging, award-winning work. Marketing strategists who have shaped some of the world’s most recognizable brands. And curious individuals—that’s all of us—who seek out the cultural trends, beliefs and attitudes that can help transform the customer journey into an enjoyable and memorable experience. We’re right-brained, left-brained and all brand.

We’re pro storytellers—turning your customer journeys into a story of success.

Meet the Team

Ida Gamban – Founder | CEO & Chief Creative Officer

Ida started out creating ad campaigns as a copywriter and associate creative director at top Silicon Valley and San Francisco ad agencies. At Young & Rubicam SF, she managed the Sony VAIO and Novell accounts, garnering a Telly and Addy for a Sony TV spot and Novell integrated campaign work.

Later, she worked at Deutsch LA on the Mitsubishi Motors, Burger King and DirecTV accounts, creating TV, print and/or radio campaigns; and contributing the body of work that earned the agency Ad Week’s “US Ad Agency of the Year” in 2002. 

She brings more than 20 years of ad agency and Fortune 500 experience to Brand World Creative, having held Creative Director and other key positions at Deutsch LA, Ogilvy, JWT Technology, Y&R, and Yes Lifecycle Marketing,

Her client experience includes: Oracle, Google, eBay, Apple, Expedia, MGM Grand, Mitsubishi Motors, Stanford University, Ericsson, VMware, Charles Schwab, El Camino Hospital, DirectTV,  Burger King, Nationwide, IBM, Novell, AT&T, Sony, Symantec, Lexmark, Xerox and more.

Ida is an active member of Business Networking International (BNI) in the San Jose “Business Builders” chapter. Previously, she was  a Taproot Foundation “Gold Consultant”, contributing more than 400 hours of community service pro bono marketing work to organizations throughout the SF Bay Area. 

When not working on campaigns, Ida enjoys creating fine art landscape photography. Her photos have received awards from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), International Photography Awards, Epson International Pano Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), London International Creative Competition (LICC), P3X, San Diego County Fair and the Napa Valley Mustard Festival. 

Bob Dorr – Founder | VP, Client Engagements

Bob brings 30 years of strategic marketing communications expertise to Brand World Creative. From launching innovative startups like Proformative.com and leading corporate marketing for a $78 million IPO, to guiding communications for non-profits like Green Earth Schools, Bob delivers omni-channel marketing programs that build brands and get results.

He previously held CMO or Director of Corporate Marketing positions in technology companies ranging from startups, such as YouMeThink.com and Proformative.com, to global Fortune 500 leaders including Ricoh (their innovation incubator, Ricoh Silicon Valley), Brightmail Anti-Spam, BeVocal, Niku and Xerox. Several of these companies were successfully acquired by industry leaders, such as Brightmail’s acquisition by Symantec

Prior to driving the strategy for corporate marketing programs, Bob’s career began in high technology advertising in Silicon Valley. As VP of Technology Client Service, Management Supervisor and Account Supervisor with award-winning advertising agencies Gillespie Communications, CKS Partners and Austin Associates respectively, his clients ranged from industry pioneers Ampex, Eason, Fujitsu, Grass Valley and Sequel, to clients as diverse as celebrity life performance coach Tony Robbins.

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Shelly Swift – Sr. Marketing Programs | Social Media Manager

Shelly is a seasoned marketing programs manager with over 20 years of experience in the Fortune 500 corporate marketing world. At Brand World Creative, she handles select marketing and social media campaigns for our B2B and B2C clients. She has an MSBA in Marketing Management Consulting from San Francisco State University. For relaxation, she enjoys gourmet cooking—she is an accomplished chef, having trained at a top culinary academy in Paris, France.

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Tom Caldecott – Associate Creative Director | Copywriter

Tom is an award-winning creative copywriter with more than 25 years of B2B high technology and consumer writing experience. An experienced blogger, demand generation content strategist, social media copywriter, and conceptual thinker, Tom tells stories that combine strategic logic with humor and heart, engaging audiences with memorable campaigns. Tom has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a writing instructor at the University of Phoenix. When not at work, Tom can be found acting and singing in popular local stage productions as well as pursuing his love for landscape photography. He has won numerous local and international awards including the International Photography Awards, San Diego County Fair Photography Competition and many others.