David proudly calls himself a “mutt,” thanks to a career that has included a wide spectrum of roles and industries. After graduating from Wesleyan University (CT), David began an 11-year-tour-of-duty in Hollywood developing and writing screenplays, as well as overseeing the production and marketing of features at Warner Bros., Disney, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, including “Rapid Fire”, “Free Willy 2”, “Broken Arrow”, and “Murder at 1600.”
Ready (and then some) for a new adventure, David enlisted for the dot-com revolution in 2000, first joining a startup venture in Palo Alto as V.P. of Content, and then as the Director of Brand Marketing for an enterprise-software company servicing Fortune 100 clients. After moving to Phoenix, he tackled marketing and public relations assignments in the arts, tourism, public and private sectors before founding Decibel Blue in 2005. Since its inception, the agency has been honored with an IMPACT Award and has also been a winner or finalist for the OBIE Outdoor Award and the Spirit of Enterprise Award, as well as numerous MarComs and Copper Anvils. In 2014, PR Daily recognized Decibel Blue as the nation’s top integrated communications agency with its ACE Award. A watershed year indeed, this was also the year when Decibel Blue expanded to Denver.
David is a member of the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2007 class of “40 under 40,” and served as a judge for seven years. He sits on the Endowment Board for Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he has also taught. His perspective has been featured in Forbes.com, MSNBC.com, E! Online, US Weekly, the Denver Business Journal, and the Phoenix Business Journal. He regularly speaks on or moderates panels for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and has penned guest columns for Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com, O’Dwyers, PR News, and AZ Business Magazine — which recognized him in 2014, 2015 and 2016 as one of Arizona’s top business leaders. He currently sits on the board of Project Helping and recently completed the Downtown Denver Leadership Program. When he isn’t collecting speeding tickets, taking pictures, staring down buffalo or rolling around with tiger cubs, David and his wife like to travel, attend Avalanche and Broncos games, and play with their two circus dogs, Bam Bam and Cali. Yes, they really are like the ones you saw spinning and hopping in Ringling Bros.