Gene Del Vecchio is the president of his own consulting firm in Valencia,
California. He is the former senior partner, director of planning & research
in the Los Angeles office of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, the world's
sixth-largest agency network with 1996 billings totaling $8.3 billion. Del
Vecchio was Ogilvy & Mather's resident kid expert, having spent nearly
twenty years within the kids' arena.
His experience has allowed him to identify one of the key attributes that the
most successful kids' products have in common. This quality is what Del
Vecchio terms "Ever-Cool." Now, the secret formula for achieving
Ever-Cool status is available to marketers everywhere in this, his first book.
Throughout his career, Del Vecchio has conducted hundreds of studies with
children and has been called upon to help develop ideas for toys, foods,
cartoons, promotions, and screenplays. During his years at Ogilvy & Mather,
he has won both the David Ogilvy award and three industry Effies for his
contributions toward effective advertising. Creating Ever-Cool: A Marketer's
Guide to a Kid's Heart won the prestigious 1997 Atticus Award
(strategy category) from the WPP Group in a worldwide competition. He holds a
bachelor of arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from
Gene Del Vecchio is the father of two children, Matthew and Megan. He
considers this his strongest credential.
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