Oakley is president and co-creative
director of BooneOakley in Charlotte. Established in 2000,
current clients include Bojangles’, Mizuno and Visit
Charlotte. BooneOakley was just named 2009 Southeast Small
Agency of the Year by Advertising Age.
David’s advertising career began in 1987 in New
York at Y&R as a copywriter, where he crafted campaigns
for Certs, Dr Pepper and AT&T. From there, he
went to TBWA Chiat/Day to help develop the Absolut Vodka
campaign --voted Ad Age’s “Top Twenty
Ad Campaigns of the Twentieth Century.”
After seven years in the Big Apple, David decided to get
back to his Carolina roots. In 1997, David and John
Boone opened a satellite office of The Martin Agency in
David served as Associate Creative Director for Wrangler,
Alltel, Saab and the Charlotte Hornets.
Oakley and Boone were named “Hot Creative Team” by
Creativity magazine in 2000. This made both of them quite
cocky and they decided to start their own shop, despite
being told by a prominent New York headhunter that two
creatives could not run a successful agency and that they
were “destined to fail.” They have spent
every day in the last 10 years trying to prove her wrong.
In addition to winning a Little League MVP Trophy in 1973,
David has won a bunch of international advertising awards
including The One Show, Cannes, Communication Arts and
Clios. His work has been featured on ABC’s “Best
Commercials” and on his mom’s refrigerator.
David is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Hobbies include
collecting lunch boxes and obsessing about stupid things. He
and his wife, Claire, are raising two teenage children
and a yellow Lab named Yogi.