Lee Allison was born and raised in Connecticut. After attending Williams College
in Massachusetts, he took a job at Merrill Lynch in New York as
an investment banking analyst.
After three and a half years at Merrill (two years in New York,
and one and a half in Los Angeles), Lee toyed with the idea of attending
architecture school but instead went to Harvard Business School.
Upon graduation from HBS, he moved to Chicago to work in account
management at The Leo Burnett Company, the largest advertising agency
After a couple of years on the account side (his first assignment
was Velveeta, which if you don’t know, “melts better
than cheddar”), he put together a portfolio and made the rare
switch over to the creative side as a copywriter. For the next few
years he wrote TV, radio and print ads for the likes of McDonald’s,
Nintendo and 7-Up.
But the urge to create something of his own was simply too strong.
So in 1995, with no experience, no connections, and frankly no clue,
he launched The Lee Allison Company.
He hasn’t slept since.