Sally Weingartner’s family hails from Pennsylvania Dutch country, home to hex signs, distelfinks, and her favorite dessert, shoe fly pie. After growing up in Pennsylvania and graduating from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, she moved to New York, seeking to live a glamourous life. Her drawing skills and a couple of jokes got her a job as an art director at Grey Advertising working on toys and Bloomingdales. Amazed that you could get paid to play dress-up with dolls, live or otherwise, she kept exploring agency fun. Liquor and candy at D’arcy was her next adventure, working on Heublein and M&M Mars.
Next she translated her storyboard-drawing skills into illustrations for children’s books for Simon and Schuster. She left New York and moved to Colorado to paint with a view of the mountains. But the camaraderie and pace of advertising called her to DDB Denver, where she created award winning work for Safeway, Sir Speedy Printing Centers and GTE.
Then she met a man. Steve. Married him and moved to his home town Chicago. She put her hand to creating advertising for Sears, Montgomery Ward, Midwest Express Airlines, and designed the logos for The Great Indoors and David’s Bridal. She joined DDB in 1998, and working on every kind of media, launched State Farm Bank, lead a team to redesign McDonald’s menu boards, created and directed integrated work for JCPenney, Johnson and Johnson Aveeno, Roc and Purpose brands and campaigns for Lenscrafters and H&R Block. And then spent a few years at MARC USA creating the fashionable personality of Payless shoes.
Sally is currently freelancing, collecting border collies with Steve, and perfecting her shoe fly pie recipe.