In 1999, Ben Purcell joined David Angelo and three others and opened the doors to David&Goliath in Los Angeles. In addition to growing the agency from scratch, Ben helped secure the Kia Motors account. From ACD to ECD, Ben helped guide the brand from the number 12 import in US Sales to number 5. For Kia alone, Ben worked on 6 Super Bowl campaigns including the Cannes Lion winning film “Eco-Warrior with Melissa McCarthy” campaign that’s among the highest rated of all time. And most recently, the Josh Jacobs “Tough never quits” campaign that helped raise a million dollars for youth homelessness.
After many years on Kia, Ben focused on growing other accounts at the agency. He has managed and created award-winning work for accounts including Universal Studios, Vizio, HBO, Jack in the Box, Bacardi, Mammoth Ski Resort, Mattel Hot Wheels, Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino, and a portfolio of Frito Lay products including Stacy’s. His awards include Cannes, The One Show, D&AD, Clio and Effie, as well as a first place trophy from the David&Goliath mixed doubles table tennis tournament.
Before David&Goliath, Ben freelanced for 4 years. Sewing his creative oats at Band of Gypsies, BBDO West, Fallon McElligott, TBWA Chiat/Day and Wieden + Kennedy. Prior to heading West, Ben grew up in the South. He graduated from the University of Kentucky at the age of 20 and then the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
Purcell has been an adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School. As far as his personal life, Ben is married and has three girls. To keep his sanity, he rides his bikes and works a lot.