Ray Dillman

US Hispanic Market representation only.

Ray was born to career military parents in Niceville, Florida, with family roots in the red clay of Augusta, Georgia. During his nomadic childhood, he lived in Spain, England, Texas and the US Southeast. He attended the prestigious Ringling School of Art and Design, graduating as a Design/Illustration major, with honors.

Upon graduation from Ringling, Ray began work as an Art Director at The Hessemer-Runnoe Company, a full-service advertising agency, in Tampa, Florida. He worked in the Tampa Bay market over the next eight years, serving as Art Director and Associate Creative Director at several advertising agencies, including a year at the helm of his own shop until it was purchased by Louis Benito Advertising, in Tampa.

It was at Benito that Mr. Dillman’s work began to be recognized at many awards competitions on the national and international level. After strong showings at competitions like The New York Art Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club of Atlanta, Print Regional Design Annual, Communication Arts Magazine, and taking Best in Show at The National Addy Awards, Tampa Bay Addy Awards and The National Obie Awards, Mr. Dillman was contacted by The Leo Burnett Company through a headhunter.

He joined Burnett, moving to their Chicago office. After initially serving as Associate Creative Director on accounts like Oldsmobile, Tropicana and Philip Morris, his abilities as a problem solver and presenter were recognized by an appointment to Burnett’s International Task Force as a Creative Director on international assignments.

He worked in this capacity from 1987 to 1991, taking temporary posts in Frankfurt, London, Paris and Tokyo. At Leo Burnett’s foreign offices he would organize creative teams as interim Creative Director to oversee the cultural adaptation of campaigns created in Chicago for clients like Philip Morris.

Mr. Dillman would then supervise the implementation of the work; pre-production often took place in Paris and London with large-scale photo shoots and film productions following in locations as diverse as Morocco, Algeria and Los Angeles.

It was while supervising the production of a Philip Morris project in Los Angeles that Ray met Serene Meshel, the woman who would become his wife and provide the impetus for a move to Los Angeles and a change in careers.

In 1991 he began his career as a commercial film director, starting at a small boutique called Electric Avenue Films. After three years at the Venice, California, shop, he signed for representation with Avion Films in Toronto, Canada and worked independently in the US.

1999 was a breakout year for Mr. Dillman. Having signed with bicoastal production company Gartner Films a year earlier, and gaining some momentum as a dialogue director, he won that year’s Emmy Award for commercial of the year. He also signed with Creative Artists Agency to be represented for feature film work.

In 2005, Ray signed with MJZ Film Productions, Los Angeles, for commercial representation. As part of a diverse blue chip roster of commercial and feature film directors, he specialized in dialogue-driven storytelling projects.

His most recent move in the commercial arena, is to Rabbit Content, for General Market work, and to Carbo Films for projects in the US Hispanic Market.