Business 100 - 2013

Dave Fitzgerald

Dave Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald+CO

In 1983, Dave Fitzgerald founded advertising agency Fitzgerald+CO, where he remains president and CEO. His company was named Best Agency in the Southeast by Adweek and, for five straight years, was named one of the best companies to work for in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

A second-generation Irish American, Dave ran the Order of the Green Jacket of Ireland, which helped raise funds for Irish athletes in the 1996 Olympics. He is a member of the board of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Road Safe America. He is chairman of the Buckhead Coalition, Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a member of the Global Irish Economic Forum.
Dave received his BS and MBA from the University of Dayton, where he was honored with the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Having visited Ireland over forty times, he became an Irish citizen in 2004 and traces his family to the western counties of Kerry and Mayo. Dave calls his Irish heritage “a source of great pride.”