A new way of thinking demands a new way of working. Why scour the country and the world searching for the best talent when we do the legwork (and brainwork) for you?
Circa is a boutique agency but we have a big footprint. We live in big cities and small towns, red states, blue states and swing states. We’re rural, we’re urban, we’re suburban and international. Each of us brings a unique perspective to each project. And because of our rich and eclectic background, we’re a tight-knit group but we never suffer from groupthink. That’s how we can deliver groundbreaking work for everything from an international airport to an innovative cosmetic device to the world’s largest technology company.
We’re happy of where we’ve been but we’re most excited of what’s around the corner. And we’d love the opportunity to share the ride with you.
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.
Michael Bettendorf – Creative Strategist / Writer
Michael has 25 years experience as a premier creative resource for advertising and marketing firms large and small all across the United States.
Mr. Bettendorf began his copywriting career with a four-year stint at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. He then moved to J. Walter Thompson/San Francisco to work on the California Lottery and Sprint. Next, he joined McCann-Erickson to take a senior leadership role on the Microsoft account, staying for a whopping 12+ years; he worked directly with Bill Gates on multiple occasions and found him to be, like, super smart. Since 2009, Michael has been a freelance creative consultant at Wieden + Kennedy; Twitter; Salesforce; Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; JWT/NY; and other leading agencies and companies.
A genuine Iowa product, Mr. Bettendorf left the Midwest and earned a B.A. degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley a long time ago. He is married to Caroline Romero Bettendorf, and they live in Berkeley, California with their two daughters and one sometimes-bratty dog.
Justin Kramm – Creative Strategist / Writer
Justin Kramm 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.
George Steeley – Creative Strategist / Writer
George loves kicking new ideas into gear and collaborating with creative, strategy and client teams to solve brand challenges. A creative director, strategic marketer and copywriter, he’s concepted and written scores of integrated campaigns spanning print, digital, mobile, e-commerce, out-of-home and events. Working with Circa since 2013, George is excited by the constant change in the marketing landscape and believes that rules are best kept in the rear-view mirror.
Working with a diverse range of Fortune 500 clients and startups, his ideas have earned results across many verticals, from hospitality and luxury to technology, consumer electronics and healthcare brands: Joie de Vivre and Thompson Hotels, Commune Hotels + Resorts and Two Roads Hospitality luxury boutique brands, VIZIO, Google, Samsung, SanDisk, McKinsey, Men’s Wearhouse, Microsoft, Tria Beauty, Cisco WebEx, Recchiuti Confections, Seagate, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Abbott Vascular and Medtronic.
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.
Courteney also has past experience in web design production and a BA from The University of California, Santa Cruz. Courteney has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay for 20 years and is currently living in the Sonoma wine country with her family.