David has been a lifetime creative, in theatre, journalism, advertising and the public sector.
Born in New York and raised around the world, he's been an actor, director, singer, sign painter, creative director, filmmaker, journalist, VP, expat, entrepreneur, award winner, CEO, founder, professor, public speaker, mentor, consultant, author and community organizer, making him unusually effective creative leader.
His work for American Airlines ran on the Super Bowl with four
CLIOs (advertising's Oscar) shortlisted, + four more for work
on Marriott in 1988. At Leo Burnett he created campaigns
in print and television for Miller Beer, Nintendo, Sony and Kellogg’s. He was
named VP/Creative Director in 1992 and moved to be Chief Creative Officer at
the Seoul, Korea office in 95.
Following Burnett he founded, Carlson Creative, Korea’s first 100% foreign
invested advertising agency, in 1997 with British American Tobacco,
the Korean Ministry of Finance, Samsung, LG and Hyundai as inaugural clients.
Selling Carlson Creative in 1995 he moved to Vietnam, and founded
aSaigon/CreativeMorning, as a monthly speaker series bringing world-class creative thought leaders to Southeast Asia.
David returned to the US in 2011 and founded iThinkOutsideMyBox.org, a public studio and gallery that engages the public in public art by having the public make the art. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, and many other pubs it has become the world's largest collection of publicly painted work.