As a Creative Director and Art Director, Dave has worked with some of the best brands and brightest folks in advertising. He helped create the original “Runners, Yeah We’re Different” campaign for Adidas, redefining the brand as an authentic runners shoe and picking up multiple One Show pencils and NY AD cubes. He was part of the team that introduced Toyota into the NASCAR Cup Series, with work featuring racing legends Darrell and Michael Waltrip. Which makes sense from a guy who has an NHRA competition license and races his own 800 HP Mustang. Most recently, he was invited to help out on the Chevy Silverado “A Man And His Truck” campaign, with a Super Bowl spot that has received over five and a half million views and counting on YouTube.
Dave went from being an award-winning Art Director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, working on clients like Unum Insurance, Major League Baseball and The San Francisco Examiner, to being Creative Director at Cole & Weber Portland. While there he helped define a new era of the agency’s powerhouse legacy. With many of the guys he hired going on to become Creative Directors at places like TBWA/Chiat/Day, Ogilvy New York, 72 and Sunny and Goodby Silverstein & Partners. At the same time, he continued to do his own work that won pencils for Dr. Martens and 24/7 Snowboards.
During his tenure as Creative Director at Borders, Perrin & Norrander Seattle, the agency took home the American Association of Advertising Agencies A+ Award. It’s a tough one to win because you have to submit work from all of your agency’s clients.
Dave has picked up just about every advertising prize there is, including The One Show, CA, D&AD, Cannes, NY Art Directors, Kelly Awards and Clios. He’s had a magazine ad named one of the best print ads of the year by ADWEEK, a spot named one of the best commercials of the year by USA Today and another featured on America’s Funniest Commercials. Plus he was featured along with his writer partner, Ron Saltmarsh in an ADWEEK article on advertising’s freelance creative stars.
Dave plays piano and synthesizers, owns a pretty sweet 56 Ford Fairlane street rod and lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with his wife, daughter and a 3 foot tall plastic robot he didn’t wreck as a kid that now serves as his unofficial mascot.
Special thanks to my good pal Ron Saltmarsh for writing this for me.