Eric Junker is a Los Angeles based multi-discipline creative thinker whose background as an artist, designer, writer, teacher, puppeteer, banjo picker, and surfer fuel his insights on the merging of artful thinking and survival. He received his undergraduate degree in design from UCLA and his MFA from The Claremont Graduate University. He has performed and exhibited his work in many venues including MOCA, Track 16 Gallery, Theater of Note, Robert Miller Gallery, Canter’s Kibitz Room, and Spaceland. Mr. Junker is currently a Consulting Partner and Creative Director at WJ Agency, and has taught and lectured at USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Mount San Antonio College, and California College of Art. He currently lives and works in Silverlake with his calm wife and inspirationally rambunctious 5-year-old son.
Eric Junker is a creative thinker and inspirational leader with a proven ability to drive positive change and business growth through effective communication including high-impact branding and design, advertising, and marketing strategies.
Eric Junker is a marketing/branding strategist and creative director who has provided the creative insights that have launched scores of businesses and made existing ones more successful. His experience includes a significant number of marketing and branding programs to support many different industries, businesses and brands including Tommy Bahama, Caesars Palace, Wolfgang Puck, Rio Hotel & Casino, BMI, NFL, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Eric continues to contribute fresh, original strategies, thinking and ideas for many clients in beverage and spirits, technology, cause marketing, retail, travel and hospitality and financial industries.
A creative consultancy specializing in branding, marketing strategy and creative direction. Current clients include Fitness Ridge Worldwide, JFK Medical Centers, Movie Tavern Inc, Photoboxi, and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Affiliations: AIGA; Art Directors Club; The One Club; International Association of Business Communications; Association of Professional Communications Consultants.
TEACHING LECTURES PANELS
2012- Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California Marshal School of Business, Advanced Writing for Business: Finding Your Voice
2011- Distinguished Alumni Panel, University of California, Los Angeles
2011- Explore@4: Marketing and Sales Panel, University of Southern California
2006-2008- AIGA Student Portfolio Review Panelist, University of Southern California
2003- Panelist, The Role of Utopia in Los Angeles, Japan America Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
2002- Instructor, Mount San Antonio College, Art C70, Introduction to Computer Graphics
2001- Guest Lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies
2000- Guest Lecture, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
1998- Teaching Assistant, Claremont Graduate University
1998- Graduate Fellowship Committee, Claremont Graduate University
2003- California Arts Council Grant (as a principal in Utopia Pop Pop)
2003- Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grant (as a principal in Utopia Pop Pop)
1997- Blake Grinstein Graduate Tuition Fellowship
1997- Claremont Graduate University Fellowship
1996- Claremont Graduate University Fellowship
2010- PRNewser (mediabistro.com), ”Wigibuy Links Marketing, CSR, and Social Commerce,” Tonya Garcia
2010- Upstate Business Journal, “Wigibuy Launches in Chico,” Jess Krager
2010- AllBusiness,”Wagner|Junker has Won PR Account for Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas” Joel Russell
2007- San Francisco Business Times,”Parkmerced Tries ‘Domination to Gain Visibility,” J.K. Dineen
2006- Details Magazine,”How a Midlife Crisis Can Save Your Soul,” Jeff Gordinier
2003- Los Angeles Downtown News,“These Puppets Don’t Play Nice,” Kristen Friederich
2001- San Francisco Weekly, “Pick of the Week,” Lisa Hom
2000- Los Angeles New Times, “Monkey Shines,” Stephen Lemmons
2000- International Design Network, “Monkey Business,” Victor Cheung1999- Los Angeles Times Magazine, “Planet of the Puppets,” Russ Spencer
1999- Los Angeles Times, “Artists Evicted,” Deanna Welch