This is going to sound like bragging. If so, sorry. The facts are the facts.
As a little boy growing up in Queens, David Leibowitz used to tell everyone he wanted to be a garbage man. That lasted until his mother explained, in her inimitable way, “Come on, Dave. You hate getting dirty. And you’re really full of @#*%!”
It’s true what they say. Mother knows best.
Armed with his mom’s accurate assessment of his skills, David took the only logical route – a career in storytelling – following his days as an undergrad at Florida State University. He added to his FSU degree by earning Master’s degrees from Temple (Creative Writing) and New York University (Journalism). Since “turning pro” in 1992, David’s storytelling stops have included writing columns for The Trentonian newspaper, the East Valley (AZ) Tribune and the Arizona Republic; radio gigs for KTAR and KFYI (Arizona’s two largest news/talk stations); and TV commentaries for KPNX (Channel 12), KNXV (Channel 15) and KTVK (Channel 3). He’s been named the state’s best news columnist, best sports columnist, best feature columnist and best radio host and he’s covered the biggest stories in America, from political conventions to September 11th, the O.J. Simpson verdict to the Columbine shootings.
Simply put, if there’s a story that bears telling, David Leibowitz has told it.
That real-world experience proved helpful when David shifted industries in 2005, moving from daily journalism to the world of marketing and political consulting. As Vice President and Creative Director at Moses Anshell, he helped lead the agency to more than 75 local, regional and national awards, working in every medium and for clients like the Arizona Office of Tourism, U.S. Airways, Taser, Nintendo and Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission.
Since starting Leibowitz Solo in 2009, David’s client list has included winning statewide ballot initiatives like Yes on 100 (to generate revenue for education and public safety) and No on 302 (preventing the Legislature from gutting First Things First). He’s written speeches for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and handled media relations and messaging for Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, the Gila River Indian Community, Arizona State University and national corporations like Dice Holdings and the GEO Group have all benefited from David’s storytelling expertise.
The biggest win of all? That would be adding Leibowitz Solo’s VP/Jefe Minúscula/Super Wife © Jennifer Leibowitz to the payroll in 2010.
Jamie Leland could carry a tune at age two and honed her sparkling soprano throughout her childhood, dreaming of one day performing on Broadway. Then, her mother gently (and frequently) reminded her how impractical that dream was. Jamie eventually settled on following her second passion instead: writing. At Arizona State University, she pursued a degree in Literature, Writing and Film and patted herself on the back – good choice, Jamie. Much more practical.
Senior year rolled around and Jamie still didn’t know how she was going to apply her talents to, you know, actually making a living. She briefly considered trashing the whole college education thing for a career as a professional rock climber, living out a van and scaling boulders along the West Coast. Instead, she got her degree, finished up a magazine internship and landed a marketing job helping sell wholesale stuffed animals to carnies. While Jamie single-handedly dragged the little plush company into the 21st century – and got her hands on some awesome Run DMC plush dolls along the way – she still experienced a gnawing sense of dissatisfaction.
Enter Leibowitz Solo. Jamie dazzled our team with her writing prowess and her social media expertise. In turn, we rescued her from a spiraling black hole of career-related despair. These days, Jamie’s thrilled to focus her marketing talents in productive, interesting ways by telling the stories of the clients of Leibowitz Solo. Her ultimate goal? To one day usurp David and become Queen of Crisis Communications. So far, her mom hasn’t warned her against it.
Gee, how romantic. The husband practically calls his new wife a tax deduction. David had better hope he’s as good at crisis communications as everyone thinks he is.
As a little girl, Jennifer Burgess thought she was going to marry a prince and become royalty. She even created her own “royal wedding gown” out of her aunt’s lace tablecloth (topping off the look in smashing fashion with a cubic zirconium tiara). Jenn’s Prince Charming at the time? A Kermit the Frog doll. If it wasn’t exactly a match made in heaven, well, it was at least a very good story.
And Jennifer’s sticking to it, believe you me.
A couple decades later, Jennifer traded her bridal dreams for the glossy coif of a television news anchor. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast News-Editorial, Jennifer went on to a successful career as a morning anchor and reporter at Phoenix’s KSAZ (Channel 10) and KNXV (Channel 15). Some of her most memorable experiences include traveling to Los Angeles for American Idol; reporting from the front lines of the 2007 California wildfires; bunking down for 10 days in the northeastern corner of Arizona to chronicle Extreme Makeover: Home Edition building a house for a Navajo family; and getting soaked to the skin (and literally stuck in the mud) during some of Arizona’s worst Monsoon storms.
You could say Jennifer was married to her TV career, a gig that left her kissing her fair share of frogs. (It wasn’t pretty, just FYI). In late 2009, she decided it was time to swear off copious amounts of hair spray and call it quits in the TV world. After an eye-opening stint in India, Jennifer turned her interest in politics, education and storytelling into a campaign role with the winning of the Yes on 100 ballot initiative. That’s where she met one last frog – this Leibowitz guy she helped transform into a Prince.
Since then, the two have teamed up to successfully tell the stories of everyone from firefighters to police officers, big-city Mayors to a U.S. Senate candidate. Jennifer and David’s favorite story so far?
That would be their own … which they’re damn sure has a happy ending.