Founding Partner & CEO
Dawn is a strategic business leader and entrepreneur. A twenty-year veteran of the retail industry, Dawn has a broad range of expertise spanning product development, merchandising, international business, and communications. Dawn has held a number of senior strategy and business development positions in luxury and fashion. Her organizational, collaborative and communication skills have been the backbone of her success. In all of her roles, Dawn has built relationships with many of the world’s leading brands, and is recognized for her strength in new business concept development, branding and innovation.
As Senior Director of International for Polo Ralph Lauren, Dawn developed a global merchandising strategy for both retail and wholesale channels that elevated the brand presence, throughout Asia and the Americas. This led to significant growth and an uncompromised brand image in nearly 2000 points of distribution. Before joining PRL, Dawn began her International business reach as the leader of the fashion merchandising team for DFS Group, the world’s largest travel retailer and a division of LVMH. Dawn was instrumental in expanding the brand strategy to include luxury apparel and fashion accessories, setting a new bar in the global, travel retail experience.
Dawn also has a long commitment to adding her voice to non-profit and community organizations; Habitat for Humanity, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Glaucoma Research Foundation, Adopt a Family, and Kiddo! Dawn is based in San Francisco, California and while she still enjoys global travel, she is most passionate about her life journey with her husband, their two sons, and one furry, four legged companion.
Diana Iles Parker
Partner & CMO
Diana is a documentary film marketing communication strategist, producer and publicist with more than 15 years of strategic public relations experience. Long committed to finding innovative ways to elevate the messages around important social issues, Diana recently joined SpeakingPhoto as Chief Marketing Officer because of her belief in the power of capturing well composed images with the quality of a voice or sound. She believes that not only is the App an excellent way to capture life’s precious moments but it will give voice to causes she cares about.
Previously, Diana founded Spoken Media in 2008, a documentary film marketing outreach company and has been involved in the success of a diverse slate of important doc films, most recently James Redford’s The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (premiered on HBO October 29, 2012) and Robert Redford’s Watershed about the declining Colorado River and what can be done to reconnect the river to the sea. Other film projects include Something Ventured, Central Park Effect, MINE, Motherland, and Beijing Taxi. In addition to films, Diana currently works with international film distributor ro*co films and as publicity and programming advisor to The Sausalito Film Festival.
Diana’s producing credits include Desert Runners (to be released in 2013) and Eat the Sun (2011). Diana lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband and two sons.
Founding Partner & Advisor
Mark is a multi-disciplinary design leader working at the intersection of business, technology and design. An expert in consumer product design, broadcast entertainment, and user interfaces, Mark has led design in start-up, client – agency and corporate environments. Mark has delivered design strategy and experiences for clients including Lucas Film/ILM, LG Electronics, Sony, Wells Fargo, and Netflix. He led the design team at Palm, and integrated telephony, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, high resolution, color, cameras, and music into the Palm experience. These innovations were incorporated into twenty new PDA’s and smartphones, including the award-winning Treo 650.
Currently, Mark leads R&D into next generation experiences for designers and makers of all ages at Autodesk Research, in the Office of the CTO. In past roles at Autodesk, he led advances in data interoperability, visual fidelity and user interface consistency across Autodesk’s top portfolio of products. Mark and his team were responsible for creating the customer experience for the Autodesk Suites offering and new Cloud Services, creating new business value for both Autodesk and its customers. Mark has screen credits for broadcast movies, television and games. He holds patents for data visualization, interface design, and mobile hardware solutions. Mark is an advisor to Trov, a startup that is re-inventing the way you manage and benefit all you treasure. Mark is on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. He is a frequent speaker and judge at international design and innovation events. He lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife and two boys.
The inspiration behind speaking photos…
The idea for the App began with a volunteer art auction for a kindergarten class in Marin County, California. Four dads collaborated on the project. The original piece measured 40 inches square and combined gallery quality framing, amazing photography, a flexible touch panel and sound to create a one-of-a-kind interactive art piece. It was the most successful auction item of the year!
When parents heard their child speak about their best friend, a pet or something meaningful in their lives, the emotion was overwhelming. When Apple introduced iOS, we knew we wanted to re-create that experience on phones and tablets.
MD Design was formed to explore our passion for creating meaningful, mobile experiences that can be created and shared by anyone.
Dawn Davis, Founding Partner