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David Gardner


David Gardner is a former professional basketball player turned entrepreneur who started ColorJar from his bedroom in 2008.

Now one Chicago’s top-rated brand consulting and design firms, ColorJar is on a mission to unlock potential for brands that matter. ColorJar specializes in revitalizing brands at key moments of change to drive business results.

David began his branding career in 2003 when he co-founded positive news website Buzzflood, while balancing student-athlete life as an All-Ivy League basketball player and team MVP at Dartmouth.

He’s also the host of a popular podcast, The Big Jump, where he interviews pro athletes who have created success beyond sports.

David is regularly featured in the media and speaks across the US and internationally on the topics of branding and human reinvention.

David has won awards, spoken, and been featured at:
Kellogg Graduate School of Management
American Marketing Association
Chicago Tribune
Mashable
National Public Radio
United Nations
US Department of State
World Economic Forum
The White House
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Check out David's Podcast

The Big Jump


Join David as he interviews pro athletes to learn how they leverage their athletic mind for success beyond sports. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or search “The Big Jump” on your favorite podcast app.


iTunes

Spotify

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David Gardner From Around The Web

United Nations
AWARDED “UNDER 35 ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR” AT UNITED NATIONS

ColorJar Founder David Gardner was named “Under 35 Entrepreneur of the Year” by Empact Showcase, at the United Nations in 2014.

American Marketing Association
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION

ColorJar Founder David Gardner gave a talk using branding to cut through the noise in today’s noisy world leveraging ColorJar’s branding methodology.

WGN
TELEVISION APPEARANCE ON CHICAGO’S MOST WATCHED MORNING NEWS SHOW

ColorJar Founder David Gardner announced the launch of his podcat “The Big Jump” and discussed his transition from pro athlete to entrepreneur and the inspirational stories behind The Big Jump.

Kellog School of Management
GUEST LECTURER ON BRANDING AT NORTHWESTERN’S KELLOGG

Hosted by the Business Strategy Club at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, David was a guest lecturer for a talk that focused on understanding brand positioning strategy for startups.