Business 100 - 2011

Dave Fitzgerald/Fitzgerald & Co.

In 1983, Dave Fitzgerald founded Fitzgerald & Co, an advertising agency. He remains president and CEO. His company was named the Best Agency in the Southeast by Adweek and named one of the 10 best companies in Atlanta to work for by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for five straight years.

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. A member of the AOH, the Metropolitan Atlanta Police Emerald Society, and the Hibernian Benevolent Society, he has twice been Grand Marshal of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He is chairman of the 2011 Atlanta St Patrick’s Day Parade and was a participant in the 2011 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. He traces his family to the western counties of Kerry and Sligo, has visited Ireland forty times and became an Irish citizen three years ago. He calls his Irish heritage “a source of great pride.”