Rafe Stewart

Rafe Stewart

Creative Leader

Most of us can say that we paid our dues in less-than-desirable jobs before landing in advertising. We’ve waited tables, washed dishes and bagged groceries. Rafe dug graves. Relax, it was a legitimate job at the Bozeman Cemetery (he subsequently made sure the grass covering them was neatly trimmed and manicured). Eventually, Rafe realized that, unless you’re Wes Craven, working in a cemetery was not what a young creative individual stayed up nights dreaming about. Because if there’s one thing growing up in the “Deep East” of Montana–shooting potato guns at cows and smuggling illegal fireworks in from the reservation–teaches you, it’s that you’ve gotta love what you do. So he put down the shovel, picked up a Pantone swatch book and never looked back, earning himself a a shiny new diploma from Montana State University. Since then, Rafe has kept himself busy volunteering for various non-profit groups in Montana, hiking, hunting and writing and playing music.

It’s not all fun and games for Rafe, though. Design is his business and business is good. With numerous Montana and regional student ADDY Awards, an America Design Awards gold medal and named one of CMYK Magazine’s top 100 New Creatives in 2010, Rafe has a mind that’s passionate about killer advertising and design. But hey, growing up in Miles City, Montana, and working in a cemetery will do that to you.