Eric Grunbaum, ECD, Media Arts Lab
"I’ve known and worked with Saam for over 10 years. On behalf of my clients, he has created stunning digital design, composed fresh original music, pulled off impossible photo shoots, and lent unique insights to strategic brainstorming sessions. But more than any of those individual skills, what I appreciate most about this Swiss Army knife of creative directors is the spirit he brings to projects. The best ideas only find life in the right atmosphere, and Saam’s combination of openness, contrariness, curiosity and unlimited energy always help nurture that. In short, good stuff happens when Saam is in the mix."
Executive Creative Director
TBWA\Media Arts Lab
Scott Painter, CEO, TrueCar.com
"Saam Gabbay is one of the most soulful people I know. He has the amazing ability to capture and encapsulate an event or concept in a single, powerful image or sentence."
Founder / CEO
Clive Wilkinson, AIA, RIBA
"I met Saam Gabbay for the first time in the Pacific Ocean about ten years ago: at around the four foot deep mark. I’d say this unusual approach is really quite normal for Saam. He has a voracious appetite for discovering new things and ideas, and surrounding himself with the questions that matter in life. Sometimes these are highly scientific and sometimes purely artistic, making his range exceptional: he is what one calls a Renaissance man. This inclination is hugely valuable in the 21st Century as our times mirror the radical transformations that occurred in the 15th Century and focus on the rediscovery of what human potential means. We have worked together in recent times on both photography for the ad agency JWT in New York and in Visioning Sessions for the new KCRW radio station building in Santa Monica. Each occasion has been a delight."
President and Design Director
Clive Wilkinson Architects
Geoff Crouse, CEO, Cord Blood Registry
"Saam has an uncanny ability to distill very complex ideas and feelings and be able to articulate them in a simple and beautiful way. We were thrilled to have him participate in the greater creative process. Saam brings to the table a unique perspective on the final product and is able to challenge and guide discussions to stretch for broader meaning and appeal."
Cord Blood Registry
Juliana Jaoudi, Core & Emerging Market Solutions, LinkedIn
"Saam is an expert at helping individuals, teams and companies uncover their true identifies. When I worked at a travel start-up a few years ago, Saam led my colleagues and me through a discovery process that revealed our brand identity with clarity and conviction. We finally understood ourselves and our company. Saam brought a sense of confidence and calm to a room full of anxious executives. Like a shaman, he helped us tap into our core strengths and vulnerabilities (both emotional and those of the business). We felt energized and inspired working with him. And we had a blast! I've known Saam personally for many years and was always impressed by just how accomplished he is in art, photography, directing, design and music. What I didn't know is that he is a genius brand builder. I can't recommend Saam enough. He leads a room of cynical business-types to the water and by the end, they are drunk on what they've learned about themselves and their organization. And they are thanking him (profusely) for his contributions."
Core & Emerging Marketing Solutions, Vertical Sales Lead
Tylor Garland, Founder & CEO, BoomBang
"Part reflecting pool and part soothsayer; Saam’s ability to connect with people’s energy and surface their truth is undeniable. I’ve never seen him settle for the obvious perspective. He obsessively peels back the layers of all his relationships asking the questions that no one else wants to…or no that no else thinks to ask. Then, with his bizarrely polymathic toolbox, he transforms those insights into original brand narratives, photography and films. I’ve worked with literally hundreds of creative/ strategic types over the last 2 decades and Saam will always be an inspiration."
Founder & CEO
Scott Vineberg, Founder, Wold Better Faster
"I am really grateful for his clarity of thought. In one hour, he rendered such profound distillation of what resonates most in my message. He is a badass portal of resonance. And let me tell you, it takes something to inspire an aspiring inspirer."
World Better Faster
Lex Sisney, CEO Coach
"Imagine a creative mystic fused with the cunning of a branding guru. That's Saam. Saam's work is always cutting-edge, captivating, and impactful. And what sets Saam apart from the crowd is his natural ability to sense the essence of a person, a product, or a brand and capture it through a subtle mastery of film, music, photography, and sound. If you have a project that is struggling to capture the inexplicable, Saam is the guy I would trust to make it come alive and share it with the world."
CEO Coach / Business Scaling Expert
Dale Fox, Co-Founder & CEO, Tribogenics
"I’ll be direct: Saam has Magic. The kind of magic that instantly infuses a room with energy, positivity and excitement. A magic that can catalyze a salient moment into the perfect memorable photograph. A magic that makes him both a joy to work with and a deeply well rounded creative talent. It’s an honor to have known and worked with Saam for so many years."
Co-Founder & CEO