CEO, Duncan Channon
In 18 years at Duncan Channon, Andy has been a driving force in the company’s evolution from a merry band of creatives to a fully-integrated agency that’s now a two-time Ad Age Small Agency of the Year in the West. Under his leadership as CEO, DC now has a thriving staff of 65 across creative, account and planning, along with $13M expected revenue in 2018 – impressive figures for a shop that claimed $2M revenue and 12 creatives when he joined. Recruited from FCB where he led business for Levi’s, Taco Bell and one of the most successful launches in entertainment for SEGA Dreamcast, Andy initially built DC’s account management practice – and then applied his passion for identifying and transforming real challenges to help the agency grow as GM and now CEO. Having spent seven years of his childhood in Paris, Andy is fluent in French. He’s also an avid photographer, oenophile, crossfitter and — don’t be alarmed — knife collector.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love how small San Francisco feels. It’s like a cozy enclave where everything is within arms reach. The city has grown exponentially since I came here nearly 30 years ago from New York, but it hasn’t lost its character, its friendliness, its familiarity.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Three eggs over easy with a side of bacon and green tabasco hot sauce. And, a ton of coffee. Sam’s in Tiburon has been a favorite for years. It’s outside on the marina so you’re looking out at boats with a corner view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island. Plus, they have great bloody marys.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I’m either at CrossFit or sleeping. I go four days a week and let myself sleep in until 7 am on my off days.
10:00 AM – With few exceptions, I’m in my office having a conversation. 10 am seems to be the most popular meeting time of the day.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I’m a fan of the sushi boat restaurant just around the corner from our office. It’s got that traditional river with boats where you grab whatever you want. You can walk in the door and be eating in 4 seconds. It’s weird, fun and fast.
7:00 PM – Sitting at the dinner table with my family. Being home with my family for dinner has been one of the most important aspects of my life since I became a father. I drop everything to be at that table.
11:00 PM – Asleep. CrossFit transformed me back into an early morning person. Sleep makes a huge difference in how I show up in my job and life.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee. It’s on a timer and ready when I wake up. My wife and I split a pot of coffee before I head to the office. I’ll have more 2 cups at work but go caffeine-free past 11 am.
I end my day with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau during the holiday season. It’s the wine I got to drink on special occasions when I lived just outside Paris as a kid. My Dad used to have a barrel delivered to the house before Thanksgiving – which was right around my birthday – so it feels nostalgic.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
App: Google maps. I’m a map nerd. I love knowing where things are and how long it’ll take to get there.
Instagram: @wildbayarea. I love photography and make a pilgrimage to photograph a new place every year. This account has beautiful shots of nature in the Bay Area.
What should everyone try at least once?
Jumping out of a plane. I took my son skydiving for his 18th birthday. I went from sheer terror to being suspended in the sky. The feeling of freedom is bizarre and exhilarating.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Being lost is not something I’m comfortable with. Luckily, I have a great sense of direction (and GPS in my pocket).