Dave Devencenzi – Founder | Creative Lead
Dave thinks strategically and solves beautifully. Clients respect his skills as a Creative Director because the art and imagery never distract from the message. He enhances advertising and marketing communications by simplifying their design – always aware of conveying the unique essence of the brand.
Dave is the lead Creative Strategist with Circa Now, and contributes as much to strategy development as creative concepts. His experience spans creative work across all media, from TV to online. For two decades, he worked in San Francisco for renowned ad agencies Goodby, McCann, FCB and JWT. His clients have included Microsoft, HP, Taco Bell, Radio Shack, Sega, Constellation Wines, Sun Microsystems to name a few.
He believes that technology is changing marketing faster than marketers can adjust. There’s never been a greater need for creative problem solving.
Sarah Pittenger – Strategic Account Lead
Clients like that Sarah “gets their business.” A veteran account person and strategist, she’s worked across all types of marketing, from brand development to large-scale advertising campaigns and everything in between. She’s talented at taking a big picture look at clients’ business objectives to help guide marketing that works. She dabbles in copywriting and consults on social marketing for all types of brands, from small family wineries to Fortune 500 companies.
Her marketing career began in Seattle, and moved to agencies in New York and San Francisco, where she worked with brands like Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, Seagate, Plantronics, WebEx, and SanDisk. Since joining Circa in 2010, she’s been a key player on accounts like Oakland International Airport, Microsoft, Xbox, Clarisonic and Mechanics Bank. As co-owner of her own Pinot Noir label (Gros Ventre Cellars), she’s a wine geek who spearheads our winery clients and makes sure we’ve always got something in our glass.
David Farinella – Creative Strategist/Writer
Newts. That was the first thing that David Farinella wrote about professionally. The mating habits of newts, specifically. So, yeah. Ask about that!
Since that career high point, David has been helping companies of all sizes in a wide variety of industries (entertainment, technology, retail, consumer electronics, home, manufacturing, and professional services) find the most effective way to clarify, communicate, and amplify their brand promise. He’s led creative teams that have delivered branding, advertising, websites, videos, thought leadership, public relations, digital, social, and marketing collateral.
Before working as a creative strategist, creative director, and copywriter, David spent more that 20 years as a freelance journalist writing about music, sports, and lifestyle topics.
Justin Kramm – Creative Strategist/Writer
Justin has more than a decade of experience as an advertising copywriter and Creative Director. He has developed global campaigns for Nike, Red Bull, Philips and Microsoft.
A graduate of Miami Ad School’s portfolio program, Justin won Gold, Bronze and Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Advertising Festival. He was co-creator of the film Unflinching Triumph, named Sports Illustrated’s Most Amusing Parody. Justin earned his Master of International Business degree in Uppsala, Sweden and has worked in Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Shelly Larson – Production Lead
Shelly is a designer, production expert and problem-solving pro who oversees final file delivery and makes sure everything runs smoothly. She has a BA in Journalism/Fine Art and a MA in Graphic Design and 20+ years experience in advertising, design and production for both print and web and on both East and West coasts. She’s worked with clients like Microsoft, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, McAfee, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and RadioShack.
Courteney Morgan – Project Manager
Courteney excels at coordinating moving parts, and has managed web based and print marketing projects across many industries. She develops strong partner relationships with clients to navigate through concept to production while meeting client’s goals and timelines. Courteney believes the key to project success is good communication, strong teamwork , and time management. She joined the circa team in 2013 and has worked with clients for accounts including Microsoft, Autodesk, Joie de Vivre and Thompson Hotel Groups, and Clarisonic.