Passion at work. Passion for life.
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: Angela Presnell
SVP, Account Managing Director
Angela Presnell is the type of person who knows what she wants and how to get it. In our interview, she talks about… Read More
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 been in corporate marketing most of his career, Greg has infused Davis Elen with a broad range of client-side experience. Before joining DE, he brought his retail marketing and brand-building expertise into the tech space as Head of Marketing Strategy and Creative at Uber. There he helped lead the first brand strategy work including a new mission, brand ID and 2 national advertising campaigns. As CMO and Head of Global Ecommerce at LeapFrog Enterprises, he led marketing, strategic planning, product and content development delivering the #1 toy in the world – The LeapFrog LeapPad. Prior to LeapFrog, Greg served as CMO and Head of Global E-Commerce at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us driving market share, revenue and profitability growth in each of his last four years with the company.
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 telecomm, consumer packaged goods, technology, financial services, retail, healthcare and automotive.