He was raised in Indiana, idyllically. Degreed at The University of Michigan, cum laudely. Employed in Chicago, creatively. Traversed corporate waters, quite cautiously. Then things settled down, eventually. He found a corporate ladder worth climbing, finally. Went from Art Director to Senior Art Director to Associate Creative Director, pole-vaultingly.
Then in 1997, he set out on a new mission. Not to follow a dream so much as to toy with the notion of finding something to upset an otherwise stable life. He succeeded, quite swimmingly – creating the “one man wearing many hats entrepreneurial juggernaut” that would come to be known as Z Factory. And he would be its Creative Czar.
This jump, cannon-ballingly – off the corporate ladder and into the pool of self-employment and a career as a hired gun – has afforded a great many opportunities to work on exciting accounts, both large and small – illustriously. E&J Gallo Winery. Pork: The Other White Meat. NutraSweet. And Weber Grills – to name but a few quite briefly. The Chicago Tribune even anointed him an Idea Man... interestingly.
Some twenty odd years later, he's still at it. And in no small way. Beyond the day-to-day machinations of running Z Factory, Cary has also developed a self-designed line of products called Maskerdoodles. It’s another hat that he wears, quite proudly.
Cary A. Zartman