An American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement Inductee, David has consistently challenged convention by developing highly innovative and effective advertising solutions for a diverse list of marketers. This list includes Coca-Cola, Lexus, Kia Motors, Michelin, Reebok, NFL, Bacardi, Universal Studios, Little Caesars, Jack in the Box, and the California and New York State Lotteries.
In 1999, he founded David&Goliath on the belief that he could create a very distinct and different culture capable of taking on the toughest marketing Goliaths out there. That no matter how big or small you are, we all have Goliaths that keep us from realizing our true potential. David has garnered more than 400 of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, Clios, Effie Awards, LA’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and Ad Age Small Agency of the Year. And was named one of 4A’s 100 People Who Make Advertising Great and recently named one of LA’s top Power Players by Modern Luxury’s Angeleno Magazine. In 2016, David founded the global nonprofit Today, I’m Brave, a movement designed to inspire bravery in all of us.
David continues to give back by serving as a guest speaker for the 4A’s, Digiday, ThinkLA, TedX and The One Club. He is also a member of the board of the 4A’s and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Having lived and worked in 3 continents, Yumi has made a life of connecting with people from all corners of the world, and a career of helping brands do the same. With expertise in integrated and digital marketing, she introduces new modes of collaboration that facilitate agency growth and digital integration at David&Goliath (D&G).
Prior to joining D&G, she was founder/principal at Silicon Valley-based Manila Envelope Consulting, helping leaders of organizations at critical inflection points define their brand, messaging and go-to-market strategies. Before that, Yumi spent over four years as SVP, Managing Director at T3’s San Francisco office, and held senior roles at WPP agencies including Grey San Francisco and JWT Asia (Bangkok and Singapore).
For three decades, hundreds of brands have benefited from Laura’s skill as a strategic planner. Her portfolio spans a who’s who of agencies and brands including Target, Sony, American Airlines, Nestlé, GotMilk? and Chevy. In addition, she has conducted research in more than 20 countries for global clients such as Heineken, Sprite and ABSOLUT Vodka. Her pedigree includes Chiat\Day, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Lowe & Partners, Fallon, Deutsch, Ogilvy, and her current position as Chief Strategy Officer at David&Goliath. In her role as an instructor at the prestigious ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Laura has mentored dozens of students and taught them how to look for new ways that companies and people can interact together. From loyalty to luxury and tech to travel, Laura has consistently helped clients build strong brands by finding their purpose through consumer insights and cultural relevance. She is originally from Los Angeles but she’ll enthusiastically tell you about her time living in rural Texas, underappreciated Kansas City, and her three lives in NYC. Her extensive travels and life experience give her a unique perspective and deep empathy for consumers today.
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