David Armano

Chicago, Illinois
Communicator, designer, strategist, thinker, doer, dad, husband, biker, karaoke junkie, and imperfect soul. EVP at Edelman Digital.

I'm the product of Italian immigrants who made their way to this country to find a better life—and I consider myself to be living proof of the realization of that dream. Originally from the New York area (I grew up on Long Island) I had the privilege of attending the Pratt Institute where I studied computer graphics, minoring in visual communications.

I am currently an executive vice president at Edelman Digital, the interactive arm of global communications firm Edelman. I have 14 years experience in the industry with the majority of my time spent in digital marketing and user experience design. An active participant in the industry, I write Logic + Emotion which is ranked in the top media + marketing blogs according to Advertising Age. My writing and visual thinking has been cited by Forrester, The Boston Globe and has landed me in BusinessWeek on several occasions including their “Best of 2006”. I also write at the Harvard Business Review.

Prior to Edelman, I spent time as a creative & strategic lead at notable firms such as Critical Mass, Digitas and Agency.com—putting in a combined tenure of 8 years in the large digital agency environment. I led multiple initiatives for clients such as HP, Allstate, Fifth Third Bank, Miller Brewing, Grainger, and Bally Total Fitness. Previously, I earned my interactive stripes working with The Chicago Tribune on their site initiatives balancing content with functionality.

Today, I blend strategy with design and look for new business opportunities around the social Web to enhance the customer experience, connect individuals and innovate. I currently live in a near-northern suburb of Chicago, not far from Lake Michigan. When I'm not working, surfing the net, or riding my motorbike—I can be found spending quality time with my family.

Oh, and I don't have a middle name, consider myself a connoisseur of beef jerky and have been occasionally known to wear cowboy hats, but only if the mood strikes me.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, October 14

4:00pm PDT

Saturday, October 16

11:00am PDT