Dave Bushnell, CEO
Dave’s career began in 1993 when he founded Digital Marketing Associates, one of the first ever web design and marketing agencies. There were less than 250 web servers online at the time.
In a digital marketing career spanning twenty years, Dave’s most public role was as Executive Creative Director of the team that took Lady Gaga to number one on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, widely recognized as the most successful digital campaign in the history of the Internet.
He has also led significant marketing initiatives for Audi, Wyndham Hotel Group, CSC , Galderma, Bayer, iN DEMAND, AOL, E!, TGI Fridays, RC Cola, ESPN, Teach For America, NACS and many more.
Prior to founding activate.digital, Dave served as President of Digital for D.C.-area agency VIVA Creative, where he grew the digital group from a start-up to an award-winning major-market leader in just two years.
“Dave is brilliant. He is a natural leader, is extremely technically minded, and consistently delivers out of the box solutions for our digital media campaigns.
Dave is a customer-focused leader whose integrity and unabashed honesty is wholly welcome. Anyone who has ever worked with him knows he is a tremendous asset.”
Tynicka Battle, President, ThinkTank Digital & Principal, Lady Gaga’s Digital Team
"I've known Dave for 20 years and throughout that time he has consistently been at the forefront of marketing with new and emerging technologies.
“Usually when someone says that, they're describing someone who's a tech-head who has applied his passion to marketing. But Dave is the obverse - and infinitely more useful - of that coin; he is a brilliant marketing person who understands how to apply emerging technologies to help companies sell products and services. This is rare indeed.
Martin Bihl, Creative Director, 7419