Ernie Achenbach

Member Since February 2013
Member Type Sustaining, group
AIGA Chapter Washington DC
Title Vice President
Company Bates Creative
Email moc.evitaercsetab@einre
Ernie is the Vice President at Bates Creative, an integrated design agency with a global reach. The award-winning company is focused in the areas of Branding, Print and Publication, Web and Interactive, and Event Marketing. 

Ernie Achenbach plays a dual role at Bates Creative. As Vice President, he leads the day-to-day operations and directs the creative efforts for the agency. His background as an Art Director and Studio Manager as well as his hands-on involvement in design and content strategy for print and digital provide Ernie the roadmap to exceptional quality across all mediums. Ernie’s communication style keeps clients informed of progress and translates their requirements into actionable plans that effortlessly bridge design, strategy and purposeful execution. Throughout the process, Ernie fosters trusting relationships by adapting and personalizing approaches and procedures that cater directly to individual client needs. Under Ernie’s guidance, the agency functions smoothly to consistently deliver remarkably designed projects on budget and on schedule.

Prior to joining Bates Creative, Ernie has been an Art Director and Design Studio Manager in the Metro DC area and Los Angeles, providing his expertise for a variety of clients.

In his spare time, Ernie donates his design and photography skills to local non-profit and community theater. You may even see Ernie up on stage for some performances, too!

• Design and creative direction
• Agency operations and project management
• Content strategy for print, interactive, and event marketing
• Client communications and expectations
• Process and procedure creation
• Workflow trafficking
• Print buying and standards
• Working knowledge/application of design industry software
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