As the Chief Operating Officer, David oversees the operational functions of Finance, Office Management and Recruitment, often acting as agency proxy for internal business and operational decisions.
Born outside Philadelphia, David moved to South Korea at the age of 11. A series of international schools prepared him to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he majored in Japanese Language & Cultural Studies. From college, he moved to NYC for an Online Research role at a large market research company. After working for a software company specializing in custom CRM solutions and web products for Producer Relationship Management and insurance Case Management, he went on to lead digital Project Management groups for two different global advertising agencies. He’s been with Cake & Arrow since 2009.
How do you make the office a better place to work?
- Hiring exceptional talent who are genuinely good people to help grow the Cake & Arrow family is very important to me. I provide the infrastructure (tools, services, and support) and focus to ensure this is a top priority.
Why do you work at Cake & Arrow?
- Because of Alex and Josh. They afforded me the opportunity to build and evolve a stellar Project Management discipline; to define and evolve agency process; to grow and support PMs to deliver the highest-quality solutions on behalf of our clients—by removing blockers so that everyone can focus on what they do best. I remain at Cake & Arrow because the job isn’t done. Growing the agency; expanding our client roster; earning more profits; delivering more value; establishing expertise for both innovation and execution; and investing more back into the company in terms of people, process, and technology—the journey continues…
What gives you joy outside of work?
- Spending quality time with my friends. Driving fast with the top down, on a winding road through the countryside or along the coast. Sitting on a beach with crystal-clear blue water as the sun goes down and a gentle, cooling breeze to usher in the Summer evening. Hiking mountains in the late Autumn when the leaves are turning color—providing an amazingly beautiful backdrop while portending that “Winter is coming.”
Are you happy, David?
- Yes, more or less. For the most part. :)