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Originally from Joplin, Missouri, David graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and began his career in Texas in 1984. There, for agencies GSD&M in Austin and Bozell in Dallas, he created campaigns for Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, the Texas Department of Tourism, the PGA Tour and Pace Foods. David joined RPA in May 1990 as Associate Creative Director, was promoted to Vice President in September 1992 and to his current position in 1994. David has been responsible for overseeing and creating work for clients such as American Honda, Pioneer Electronics, Blue Cross, American Century Investments, ARCO and ampm. In 2000, David became a member of the Director?s Guild of America, and has co-directed, along with his partner Joe Baratelli, more than a dozen spots for various agency clients. David?s work has been honored by Communications Arts, EFFIEs, Beldings, Andys, Addys, the New York Art Directors Show and the Cannes Film Festival, and in 1990 Adweek named him television writer of the year in the Southwest region. But perhaps more dear to him than all his gold statuettes and the silver pencils combined is the hideous green plaid jacket he proudly wore as the champion of the inaugural RPA golf tournament. Edit
RPA is driven by a clear purpose – to unlevel the playing field. Our job isn’t just to create ads, but to create competitive advantages.
For our clients, this purpose helps align our goals and sets the bar high for creative, strategic and media ideas that are truly motivating and worthy of attention.
RPA is an independent advertising agency of over 500 creative entrepreneurs, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. We pride ourselves on offering every resource a sophisticated marketer needs to compete in today’s highly fragmented world – all under one roof, working together toward the same goals.