Senior Management Team

Our senior management team unites experts in branding, marketing communications, advertising, and design. Together, our decades of expertise have helped clients reenergize their image, sharpen their message, engage their audiences, and achieve their marketing goals time and time again.

We employ designers, writers, account executives, programmers, and other branding and marketing communications specialists. Our entire team is smart, sincere, and unrelenting in purpose—to provide our clients, with unmatched care, branding strategies and assets that deliver exciting business results.

David Franek

President & Chief Creative Officer

David is one of the leading branding and design authorities in the Washington, DC area, with decades of experience in identity development, marketing strategy, and brand communications for clients in every major industry. He has served as president of the Washington, DC Chapter of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. In addition he has judged national design competitions and has served as a part-time faculty member at several colleges.

David has received numerous awards for design and art direction and has been featured in Communication Arts annuals, Print magazine, AIGA publications, Graphis magazine, and others. He holds a BFA in Communications Design from Pennsylvania State University. In 2004, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the university’s College of Arts and Architecture. In 2009, he received the AIGA DC Fellow award for his longtime contributions to the Washington, DC design community.

In his spare time, David is an avid golfer. He’s as fluent as anyone in birdies, bogeys, and backswings.

Cory Farrugia

Director of Account Services

An account management professional for over 25 years, Cory has directed marketing communications programs for Fortune 500 companies, federal government agencies, major healthcare companies, top education institutions, and many others. He also has considerable expertise in direct response marketing, honed at top international agencies.

In addition to managing TDC’s account services, Cory oversees media strategy and research programs. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising and has been with TDC since its founding.

While not managing client programs, Cory likes spending time with family, an occasional round of golf, movies, Thanksgiving, and anything that keeps him near the ocean.

 

Rachel Deutsch

Creative Director

Another founding member of TDC, Rachel has been in the marketing communications field for her entire career. From owning and operating her own agency to developing creative strategies as TDC creative director, she has been responsible for many award-winning regional and national campaigns for education, technology, healthcare, and government organizations.

Rachel graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in graphic design and communication arts. Since 2002, she has served as a head juror for the Stevie Awards and for the American and International Business Awards.

 

Mike Yue

Senior Copywriter & Brand Strategist

For over 20 years, Mike has been creating successful marcom concepts and campaigns for regional, national, and international clients. At TDC he is immersed in copy development, branding strategy, positioning, and deep-dive research. He’s won Addy, Telly, Vox, and other awards over his career.

Mike holds a degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. He spends his evenings and weekends making his wife and son laugh, and rooting for the Chiefs, Grizzlies, Crimson Tide, and other sports teams in flat, agricultural parts of the country.

 

Jonathan Bruns

Senior Art Director

Jonathan brings a wealth of design knowledge and conceptual virtuosity to TDC. His work has been published in many design publications and has won a multitude of awards. That’s why he’s responsible for overall design and art direction, hiring and directing photographers and illustrators, as well as directing and managing designers on the creative team.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland. When not chasing design perfection, he can usually be found chauffeuring his two daughters to softball practice and serenading his wife with his guitar.

 

Rick Grant

Account Supervisor

Rick is our resident master of all trades, with 20-plus years experience in account services, media, traffic, and production. As account supervisor, Rick oversees several of our largest and longest standing clients—who became that way in no small part to his stewardship. And he has an impressive record of managing household-name national accounts at previous agencies.

He received his degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Northern Colorado. At home, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and family, tinkering in the garage, and puttering in the yard.