JD was diagnosed with Acromegaly (a pituitary disorder) in October of 2010. His condition was missed by doctors for 30 years, so he decided to do something to ensure that happens less. Read the acromegaly diagnosis story. He co-founded Pituitary World News with Dr. Lewis Blevins, Medical Director of The California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF, in September of 2014.
He has over 30 years of marketing management, communications, and research experience. He has worked for top national communication agencies and developed marketing and communications programs for international and national leading brands.
He is an expert in strategy development, communications, voice-of-the-consumer, and non-traditional qualitative research. His brand experience includes work for Del Monte and Nabisco Brands, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Cellular One, AT&T, The State of California, Harrah’s Entertainment, and several cause/social marketing and non-profit organizations.
His company, IgniteThinking, LLC, used nontraditional research approaches and smart web scans to drive creativity, inspiration, change, and growth. Assignments focused on research, brand strategy, marketing, and communication in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Clients included Sony, Siemens, State of California, AT&T, HP, Johns Hopkins University, The American Institutes for Research, as well as several leading communications and PR firms. He speaks Spanish and English (native fluency), Italian (working hard to be more proficient), and enough French and Portuguese to be dangerous. He graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.