Inspired to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
From many life paths we come. Eager to achieve, of course. But a shared passion to do great work need only be the beginning. When we come together for less expected reasons, the time spent in these other pursuits can be just as valuable, perhaps even more so. By engaging in experiences that take us out of our comfort zone, we can learn from one another, grow together and maybe, just maybe, make the world a little bit better along the way.
Employee Spotlight: Gladys Adofo
We asked Gladys, our resident globetrotter, to share her experiences and thoughts on traveling, as well as some tips for those looking to set out.
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Mark DavisChief Executive Officer
Hands on at the helm of the agency for over 35 years, Mark continues to be the agency’s principal architect and driving force. His creative and entrepreneurial vision has resulted in the founding of numerous companies, including Envision (a sports marketing firm later sold to Anschutz Entertainment); San Francisco-based Ingalls Moranville (where he partnered with present-day CCO David Moranville and rode the tech boom before selling to Havas’ Arnold Worldwide); and Body Glove Cruises (a popular whale watching and snorkeling business in Hawaii). He also led the way in establishing one of the first full-service Hispanic agencies in Southern California.
Terry SullivanChief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Terry brings his passion for perfection to both his vintage car collection as well as the financial stewardship of the agency. For the last 18 years, he has managed Davis Elen's Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology departments. Prior to Davis Elen, he served as CFO at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles LA; Senior VP of Finance & Administration at Hill Holiday; and VP Controller at Della Femina & Partners.
Liz CastellsPresident / CEO
With a Cuban’s survival instinct, a Stanford MBA, optimism from living transglobal, and fearlessness fed by a 350-ft. bungee jump, Liz has powered excellence in our Multicultural leadership for the last 23 years. Her dynamic ‘tell it like it is’ style, analytical fluency and heart galvanizes the team to create first-in-kind thinking and ROI-Powered Ideas® that earn awards and break sales records for top Telecom/mobile, CPG, retail and entertainment clients. Liz brings diverse mainstream, Hispanic and Client-side experience from DDB NY, Campbell’s, Oriflame Cosmetics, Valdes Zacky, and Conill/Saatchi, and is also the creator of the Transculturation TM model which guides clients to profitably integrate Multicultural across all the Marketing Ps. Liz’s top cause is empowerment through education, and she believes ‘anything is possible’.
Greg AhearnChief Strategy Officer
Having fished in many waters over the course of his career, Greg has infused Davis Elen with a broad range of client-side experience. As Head of Marketing Strategy and Creative at Uber, Greg brought his marketing and brand building expertise to the tech space helping to develop Uber’s brand strategy designed to re-established trust between riders, drivers and the company introducing a new mission, brand ID and national advertising campaign. While at LeapFrog as CMO and Head of Global E-commerce, Greg led marketing, strategic planning, product development and creative services. Prior to Leapfrog, Greg spent over a decade as CMO and Head of Global E-Commerce at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us.
David MoranvilleChief Creative Officer
Whether it’s surfing, scuba diving or snowboarding, Dave brings his spirit of adventure to the ad biz every day. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, his 30-plus years in the business spans the gamut, from owning his own successful firm in the Bay Area (in partnership with Davis Elen CEO Mark Davis) to his present-day leadership position at the agency. He’s won numerous prestigious creative awards, including the highly-coveted Cannes Gold Lion. A diverse list of clients in a wide range of categories has benefited from his unique talents, including telecom, consumer packaged goods, technology, financial services, retail, healthcare and automotive.