Subaru Is Garfinkel’s Simon

from Adweek: After winning Subaru early this month, DDB’s Lee Garfinkel sat in his Madison Avenue office-bare white walls, an acoustic guitar sitting nearby-and contemplated the significance of the victory. The big picture was obvious: It meant a return to the automobile category for the agency that changed the ad business with its Volkswagen work in the 1960s. But Garfinkel, who began his career on Subaru as a young copywriter in the ’80s, briefly allowed himself to consider what it meant on a personal level, too. When Subaru vp of marketing Rick Crosson called, “he said the nicest thing,” Garfinkel recalls. “He said, ‘Welcome back to Subaru.’ That really touched me. I got choked up at that point.”
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About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.