St. Paul’s School of Concord, New Hampshire is one of the nation’s leading boarding schools.
For St. Paul’s, Aptonym led a comprehensive strategic planning effort and provides ongoing governance, leadership, and operational support.
Concord Academy is a top independent day and boarding school in Concord, Massachusetts.
Aptonym provides Concord with communications support.
Calgary Changemaker School, founded in 2020, is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Aptonym assists CCS with marketing strategy and electronic communications.
The Island School is an independent school and research institute located in Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Aptonym is working with the Island School to increase organizational capacity, starting with support on the creation of aligned and purposeful handbooks.
Woodstock Day School is a progressive Pre-K through 12th grade day school in Saugerties, New York.
Aptonym is working with WDS on strategic planning and marketing support.
Deerfield Academy is a top boarding and day school in Western Massachusetts, founded in 1797.
Working side by side with the Head of School, David transformed the school’s brand, communications, and strategic planning. David’s leadership provided material and communications support for $400 million in fundraising and double-digit donor participation growth. In addition, David provided crisis communications management.
King’s Academy is a leading boarding and day school located in Madaba, Jordan.
Aptonym provided support with strategic planning, design thinking techniques, research, and self-assessment.
Tilton School is a 150-year-old boarding and day school located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
In his work as Head of School at Tilton, David recast the core value-proposition of the school’s “Mastery Approach,” rebranded the institution, and led a record-setting fundraising effort. As part of David’s turnaround work at Tilton, he reorganized the school, conducted zero-base budgeting, and shifted capital investment and program design toward greater differentiation.
University of Rochester is a top 30 research university and the seventh largest employer in New York State.
David and his firm worked with UR to optimize the value of “membership” in the alumni association at the University, developed volunteer programs to increase alumni engagement, and steered the school’s use of new media/online tools to increase constituent engagement.
Full Circle School is a small, independent elementary school located in Bernardston, Massachusetts.
Working with the Head of School, helped to identify key points of difference for the school and authored its “intelligence, innocence, and courage” value proposition.
As a business in the business of investigation and analysis, we have work across industries—and our clients benefit from the insight that broad experience provides. Below is a partial list of corporate and non-profit clients for whom David has worked in a strategic, advisory, creative, or technical capacity through the years. These organizations were clients of David while he was CEO and Creative Director of Auragen Communications.