George Vlosich III an internationally known artist from Cleveland, Ohio most recognized for his illustrations and one of-a-kind pieces of art using the Etch A Sketch. George has Etched many of the world's greatest athletes and celebrities and his work has been described as "the one continuous line that continues to amaze the world."
His talent has brought him amazing opportunities – from being invited to speak at the Kennedy Center – to being on the field with Cal Ripken Jr., on the court with Michael Jordan and LeBron James, on set with Will Smith, backstage with Garth Brooks, and even invited to the White House where his work was admired and signed by former President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
Vlosich has been featured on national shows such as Oprah, Late Night with David Letterman, 20/20, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, BBC, Jimmy Kimmel, Regis and Kathie Lee, Best Damn Sports Show, ESPN, as well as various other national and international media outlets. In 2007, George posted a YouTube video that shows him creating Lebron James on an Etch A Sketch. This video was picked by 20/20 and by YouTube as one of the year’s top viral videos.
In addition to his Etch a Sketch art which he is now turning into large paintings and 60 foot murals, George is an established illustrator, a professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Graphic Designer that has worked on a number of major brand names including Disney, Fandango, Sherwin Williams, Quick and Loans, Fat Head, Key Bank, Progressive, Marathon and Medical Mutual to name just a few.
George also designs with his brother Greg and father George Jr. for their company GV Art + Design which specialize in advertising, design, artwork, and apparel. The clothing line that they started in 2008, features what has become a city favorite, CleveLand That I Love campaign. Their shirts have been featured on TNT, ESPN Sports Center, Yahoo, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, Jimmy Kimmel, NBA.com, MLB Network, Fox and the list goes on.
GV Art + Design is very active in the community with their apparel and design work. They work with CleveLand Crops, Fox8 – FoxTrot, Providence House, Cleveland Clinic – VeloSano, West Side Catholic Center, St. Baldrick’s and many more.
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Mr. Jim Brunquell
Senior Vice President
Jim is a Senior Vice President and senior relationship manager, handling the firm's relationships with U.S. banks. Prior to joining Phoenix-Hecht, Jim was with Girard Bank, Mellon Bank, and Citizens Bank for 34 years, holding various management and sales positions in Business Banking, Commercial Banking, Credit Policy, and Treasury Management. Jim has been a CTP since 1997 and has a B.A. in Economics from Gettysburg College. Jim is a speaker at AFP regional conferences.