David May Honored With Congressional Award

David May, owner and CEO of Pogona Creative (a digital marketing company) and Director of Web and Interactive Marketing for Chapman University, was honored with Representative John Campbell's Congressional Award for " Leadership in Business" in April, 2014.  David would like to thank Sinan Kanatsiz of KCOMM for nominating him, and the Strategic Marketing and Communications (SMC) Web team at Chapman University for their tireless work on Chapman's digital marketing.  David has led Chapman University's Web and Interactive Marketing team since May of 2011.

  • Andy Anderson (Web Coordinator, SMC)
  • Ben Cole (Web Technology Specialist, SMC)
  • James Kerr (Web Technology Specialist, SMC)
  • Jonathan Neal (Web Technology Specialist, SMC)
  • Mandy Thomas (Webmaster, IS&T)
  • Meghan Farrington (Senior Web Designer, SMC)
  • Rosa Rodriguez (University Operator, SMC)
  • Ross Loehner (Web Coordinator, SMC)
  • Sheri Lehman (Social Media Specialist, SMC)
  • Valerie McNutt (Web Coordinator, SMC)

Each of these individuals have worked to transform Chapman's website, social media presence, and digital marketing dramatically in the last 3 years.  Before May of 2011, Chapman's web technology was nearly a decade old, and social media/blogs were dispersed and disorganized.  Chapman's website is now built with cutting-edge technology, has been optimized for search engines, and has been refreshed with a modern, inviting design.  Chapman also now enjoys top-notch social media (Sheri Lehman named by Eric Stoller as one of the top 20 pros to follow), a dynamic blog network, and a growing presence in the open source community.

In addition to the contributions of the "web team," the growth Chapman has experienced in digital marketing would not be possible with the trust and support of Chapman President James L. DotiEVP of University Advancement Sheryl A. Bourgeois, Ph.D., and V.P. of Marketing Mark Woodland.  Chapman's web team is also supported greatly by Chapman University alumni and digital marketing professionals like Sinan Kanatsiz.

David May opened Pogona Creative, a digital marketing company, with his wife in May, 2013.  Services include consulting, campaign management, and content production.  For more information, visit Pogona Creative's website.

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David May

Internet Marketing: David has enjoyed employment ever since he graduated from Chapman University as an undergraduate. He's got more than 8 years of marketing and 'sales' (Admission) in the education vertical and has managed Chapman's team of web gurus since the summer of 2011. He now serves as Chapman University's Director of Web and Interactive Marketing. So... we know what you are thinking - you don't want to hire someone with a day job. Well, get over it because that's how we can afford to keep our rates low. Video Production: David May's two short films have screened at over 100 film festivals. Both Fetch and Itsy Bitsy have won many awards including "best of fest." He has also had international syndication through his experience on the FOX Reality show "On the Lot" where he placed 12th out of 12,000 applicants. David has also directed/produced Marketing videos for Universities such as Chapman University and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and organizations such as WACAC.