THE TEAM

  • David Arnold, Atlanta Graphic Design Specialists | The Partnership
  • Rick Mitchell, Internet Marketing Expert | The Partnership Atlanta
  • Lucas Alvarez
  • J. P. Maier EVP, Government Markets at The Partnership of Atlanta
David Arnold, Atlanta Digital Design Specialists | The Partnership
David Arnold, Atlanta Graphic Design Specialists | The Partnership
David Arnold, Atlanta Digital Marketing Expert
Rick Mitchell, Website Development Expert | The Partnership Atlanta
Rick Mitchell, Internet Marketing Expert | The Partnership Atlanta
Rich Mitchell, Web Development Expert | The Partnership Atlanta
Lucas Alvarez
Lucas Alvarez
Lucas Alvarez
EVP, Government Markets at The Partnership
J. P. Maier EVP, Government Markets at The Partnership of Atlanta

David Arnold

President

David Arnold is anything but boring. In fact, there are so many interesting facts about his colorful past, it’s hard to choose just one or two.

For example, he has studied Eastern culture and aesthetics specializing in wabi-sabi (the Japanese art of flawed beauty and imperfection) and has also studied and attained mutiple levels in Ikabana from the Ichiyo school . David's father was also a Methodist minister who ran moonshine (but never on Sundays). Lord knows the man had to feed 3 hungry boys. 

David is an accomplished artist in oils as well as ceramics (he has pieces in the Smithsonian). He’s had one-man shows in galleries from New York to Florida, and has had work commissioned by numerous private collectors, including Halle Berry, Hamilton Jordan and Charlie Gibson. He has studed with abstract impessionist Robert Motherwell from Stanford University, Toshiko Takaezu from Princeton University and Paul Soldner from Scripts College.  He’s also worked as a professional photographer, shooting for Saks Fifth Avenue, Women’s Wear Daily and many Fortune 1000 companies.

He started The Partnership in 1977, and two of his original clients are still clients today.

David also loves to win (SEC football anyone?). An accomplished equestrian, he rode competitively for nine years, winning several national championships and top five rankings in the world championships, and entered the Olympic trials for the Beijing Olympics in Reining. He also studied with Monty Roberts the original Horse Whisperer and sometimes uses those same mind bending tricks on humans, but just for good not evil. David’s also won over 200 national and international awards for his work in film and print, and was voted one of the “Top 100 Most Creative People in America.” He also holds 10 U.S. Patents for inventions created for internet marketing automation. 

David has also just co-created a new one of a kind geo-digital platform tool for best customer targeting called Dandelion. Dandelion acts as an interrupter to internet shopping for retailers and informs media buying decisions against specific consumer behavior for up to 3 years.  

Of course these days, David’s competitive streak is fed by winning business both for the agency and his clients. He believes the best way to accomplish that is to offer a full range of integrated services—digital marketing, design, and advertising communications.

He runs The Partnership with a firm hand on the reins (must be that equestrian thing), and has helped guide many accounts to greatness over the years, including BellSouth, Dow Chemical, Monsanto, Wrangler, Kimberly-Clark, InterContinental Hotels Group, Amoco ,Russell Athletics, Ferrari, Maserati, FDIC, and many more.

Last but not least, he’s on the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

David Arnold, Atlanta Graphic Design Specialists | The Partnership

Matt Capobianco

Chief Marketing Officer

Matt has spent his career fostering successful relationships across a wide spectrum of industries. The 16 years that have made up his professional life have been focused on creating action at various points in a consumer journey. The work has spanned many disciplines such as brand building, shopper marketing, and sports marketing, with each providing new ways to think about a partner’s business.

Matt believes that creating meaningful, long-term relationships in this world, you must first genuinely care about your partners' success. That may sound like a cliché, but it’s a proposition that requires consistent action that partners see daily.   It’s a belief that has allowed him to deliver solutions to clients such as Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Caterpillar, Powerade, and many more.

Matt is a proud graduate of Florida State University, and because his life at the time wasn’t hectic enough with two small children, he also achieved an MBA from the University of Mississippi in his spare time. These days he doesn’t have spare time, so outside of work you’ll find him at his kids' events in hockey rinks and tennis courts across the south. He looks forward to taking a nap in 2033.

Rick Mitchell

SVP, Program Strategy Director

A member of The Partnership since its inception, Rick has been involved in virtually every aspect of The Partnership’s relationship with clients. An Auburn grad, Rick earned a BFA in Design after spending his first two years in the aerospace engineering program. Rick’s artistic side and his technical background continue to influence his work on a wide variety of accounts. As an early adaptor of technology, Rick helped lead The Partnership into the interactive field.

Rick’s design work has received awards from professional publications and organizations, such as Communication Arts, Print Annual, Art Direction, and The Advertising Club of New York (Andy).

Today, Rick’s role at The Partnership focuses on client service and developing technology infrastructures. He is directly involved in day-to-day work for all IHG brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and their extended-stay hotel brands,  IHG Army Hotels, as well as IHG Global Sales and the IHG Owners Association.

Rick Mitchell, Internet Marketing Expert | The Partnership Atlanta

Larry Washington

Executive Creative Director

Larry brings the best of both worlds to The Partnership with two decades of award winning creative communication and strategic planning under his belt. Larry spent the first part of his career as an art director and writer on the hunt for fame and glory: his work has been praised by publications like Archive, Creativity, Scientific American and USA Today, and he’s guided clients like Kohler, Toshiba, Boeing, BASF and Grainger to name a few.  

He soon developed a belief that his work should create things that cause positive change for others. For the past decade, Larry has established a deep understanding of the nuts and bolts of building brands through strategy, communication, sustainable thinking, and social science. He has developed and built brands that stretch across the world and changed local markets for good. He is a firm believer in the power of companies to change the world for the better and is focused on helping them do just that. His experience has allowed him to influence, guide and craft language and thinking for some of the largest companies in the world.

 Larry makes sure his work life and personal life philosophies live in harmony (we spend half our life at work after all). So, he lives and works by his philosophy of & which, simply put, means to always give more than is expected.

 

Lucas Alvarez

Art Director

Lucas was born to design. Seriously, he had no choice. His mother is an interior designer and his father is a landscape architect. It’s in his DNA. It’s rumored he knew how to operate a MAC before he took his first steps. 

Lucas graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. While in school, he landed a coveted internship at an Atlanta-based interactive agency where he further honed his skills working on various web and logo designs. Upon graduation, he took a position as a designer at branding and graphic design agency working on both global and regional accounts. A few years later, Lucas joined us here at The Partnership as art director where he is utilizing his skills and expertise to help evolve our clients’ brands. 

On the few occasions when Lucas is not strapped to his MAC, he can be found at Funtime Bowl sporting his Lucky Strikes team bowling shirt or relaxing at home teaching himself how to play the guitar. But whatever he’s doing, you rest assured there’s a sketchpad full of ideas within arms reach – much to the delight of Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez.

Lucas Alvarez

Lisa Stover

Finance Manager (AKA Princess of Everything)

Technically speaking, Lisa controls the finances of the agency. In reality, she controls much more than that. While we affectionately call her “Princess of Everything”, she kinda is. Nothing happens without her knowledge. And that’s a good thing.

Over the past 20 years, Lisa has helped agencies manage their finances and bottom lines. Some say her gift for knowing where to trim the fat comes from her natural intuition and attention to detail. Other say it comes from her days of being a personal trainer. Whatever the case, Lisa is passionate about her work, collaborating closely with David Arnold, our President, to manage the health of The Partnership’s finances and the budgets of our clients.

We are extremely grateful to have Lisa at The Partnership. Her dedication to ensuring the well being of the agency, our staff and our clients is evident in everything she does. Although when she says give me 20, we’re not sure if we need to give her $20 or 20 pushups. We tend to do both.

Kareem Rankine, CIPM

Research Development Manager

Kareem is a strategically focused and visionary individual with proven success working in culturally diverse international environments influencing business growth and market captaincy through strategic planning, research and special projects supporting organizations in their Mission and Vision.


Prior to joining The Partnership, Kareem was engaged by Jamaica’s largest retail organization fulfilling a pivotal leadership mandate as Inventory Manager overseeing the company’s inventory levels and loss management for all stores. His Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC) improvements achieved 6.5 million JMD saving in the first fiscal year. 

As Project Research Manager for Maier and Associates Consulting, Kareem honed his expertise in managing million-dollar operating and capital budgets on US Government projects. He is an incisive negotiator and strategist with a talent for creating operational plans, tapping into new streamlined processes, solidifying partnerships and paving the way for sustained revenue growth.  

Kareem’s accomplishments include a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, an International Purchasing Manager Certification and Diploma in International Shipping.  Kareem has volunteered his time with Vanguard Pathfinder Club, Red Cross, and many other non-profit organizations and programs and is a member of Toastmasters International.

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J.P. Maier

EVP, Government Markets

Our Government Compliance team is led by John "J.P." Maier. A former federal contracting officer with a current COR rating, J.P. has over 30 years of experience in government contract management.

For example, while working for the Department of Homeland Security, he was a critical resource on a $7.2 billion five-year digital map modernization/GIS project, the largest funded project in FEMA’s history.

His implementation of a quality assurance/quality control process reduced the error and delay rate by 300% and saved $5 million in its first year alone. He routinely briefed governors, congressional and White House staffers on outreach program development and shared techniques for success.

Not surprising, considering J.P.’s multiple advanced degrees—PhDs in Organizational Psychology, Policy and Procedure and a JD in Contract Law as well as dual Masters in Management and Education Leadership. He’s also a Distinguished Toastmaster and a Master Freemason.

J.P. is also very proud to have served in the active duty Air Force for almost 13 years, achieving the title of Superintendent of Services for the Strategic Air Command.

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J. P. Maier EVP, Government Markets at The Partnership of Atlanta

Ha Van Bui

Assistant Account Manager, GSA

Even since he was a young child, Van has had a passion for business. So it came as no surprise to anyone when he enrolled in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.

Today, as the Assistant Account Manager for the General Services Administration (GSA), Van uses his skills and expertise to help clients seamlessly integrate the vast, sometimes overwhelming, world of technology and digital information with their business practices and models. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he tackles issues head-on analytically and systematically to develop strategic, effective solutions.

When he’s not helping our clients achieve their goals, you can find Van at the Georgia Dome cheering on the Falcons, leading the Tomahawk Chop at a Braves game or sitting courtside at Philips Arena.

Thornton Kennedy

Public Relations

Thornton Kennedy is a natural born story teller, a skilled plate spinner, a recovering journalist, a newspaper columnist and a PR guy.

He started his career in the newsroom while still in college.  After his last class each day at Belmont Abbey College, he’d head over to the Gaston Gazette in Gastonia, N.C. to the compile the nightly sports scores, help edit the and layout the pages and run the last check of the paper before it went to print. He remained in the newsroom for more than a decade, most recently as an editor with the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

He still writes a well-read weekly column for the community paper. You can take a boy out of the country, as they say.

He made the leap public relations in 2011, working with leading companies crafting and executing communications and content strategies throughout the southeast and midwest. This includes a $1.5BB luxury multi-family program; an Atlanta-based wealth advisory firm’s expansion to New York, Boston and Houston; and working with the largest independent multifamily company in the country among many others.

Thornton is involved in the community and has served in several capacities with the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Humane Society and the Trust for Public Land. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Atlanta Preservation Center and the Atlanta Music Festival Committee.

He is an avid reader — he earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a local history nerd. He and his wife live in Buckhead with their two children and several rescue pets.