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Mr. David W. Moritz

Wrong David W. Moritz?

Chief Executive Officer

Local Address: New York, United States
Company Description: We are designers and manufacturers of high end custom awards and recognition products. Our clients range from televised entertainment programs to charitable...   more
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Employment History

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Society Awards Bio
www.societyawards.com, 6 Feb 2014 [cached]
David Moritz Chief Executive Officer A serial entrepreneur, David Moritz is CEO of Society Awards, the leading custom manufacturer of signature items and awards of recognition in the entertainment industry.
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Throughout his career, Mr. Moritz has been able to identify and exploit opportunities in diverse businesses. Society Awards was Mr. Moritz's initial business venture. Shortly after graduating from law school, Mr. Moritz declined an offer to become a full-time entertainment lawyer in order to focus on a market niche he felt was wildly inefficient and underserved: high end custom awards targeted to the entertainment industry. Within four years, Society Awards grew from an idea into a market leader within its niche, winning nearly every famous account. The company redesigned major awards that had not been changed since inception and won business from competitive suppliers that had produced the awards for decades.
Mr. Moritz's second business venture was the formation of Mode Design Group ("MDG"), a New York-based Design & Innovation firm.
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Most recently, Mr. Moritz formed a joint venture with a spirits distiller to create a horizontally integrated spirits management company under the moniker of Ambition Beverages. Ambition Beverages, like David's other enterprises, endeavors to change the industry through innovative approaches to Sales & Marketing innovation coupled with an ability to accelerate brands for large companies and small.
In all, Mr. Moritz aims to make his clients and his businesses more productive, innovative and interesting by re-thinking the business model in each industry he enters.
The tax increases would affect ...
money.cnn.com, 4 Oct 2012 [cached]
The tax increases would affect David Moritz, owner of Society Awards, which makes trophies for prestigious ceremonies like the Golden Globe and the Emmys. That's a problem for the New York City entrepreneur, who uses the financial success of Society Awards to fund the creation of other companies. Since 2008, Moritz has opened a branding firm and a beverage company, and he now has over a dozen employees in all three.
Moritz is hostile to any talk of raising taxes, insisting he's more efficient at creating jobs with his money than whatever the federal government plans to do with it. If his tax rates increase, Moritz expects his tax bill to increase by $20,000 or more. That's money he planned to use to launch a furniture company and hire two employees to run it.
"Every dollar I spend on my business I pay to another business," Moritz said.
Society Awards Bio
www.society-awards.com, 11 Jan 2013 [cached]
A serial entrepreneur, David Moritz is CEO of Society Awards, the leading custom manufacturer of signature items and awards of recognition in the entertainment industry.
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Throughout his career, Mr. Moritz has been able to identify and exploit opportunities in diverse businesses. Society Awards was Mr. Moritz's initial business venture. Shortly after graduating from law school, Mr. Moritz declined an offer to become a full-time entertainment lawyer in order to focus on a market niche he felt was wildly inefficient and underserved: high end custom awards targeted to the entertainment industry. Within four years, Society Awards grew from an idea into a market leader within its niche, winning nearly every famous account. The company redesigned major awards that had not been changed since inception and won business from competitive suppliers that had produced the awards for decades.
Mr. Moritz's second business venture was the formation of Mode Design Group ("MDG"), a New York-based Design & Innovation firm.
...
Most recently, Mr. Moritz formed a joint venture with a spirits distiller to create a horizontally integrated spirits management company under the moniker of Ambition Beverages. Ambition Beverages, like David's other enterprises, endeavors to change the industry through innovative approaches to Sales & Marketing innovation coupled with an ability to accelerate brands for large companies and small.
In all, Mr. Moritz aims to make his clients and his businesses more productive, innovative and interesting by re-thinking the business model in each industry he enters.
Society Awards Bio
www.society-awards.com, 11 Jan 2013 [cached]
David Mortz Chief Executive Officer
David Moritz was a college ...
www.inc.com, 11 Jan 2013 [cached]
David Moritz was a college party-boy who dreamed of being a lawyer. But then a gold-plated idea struck. Here's how he built the company behind the Golden Globes.
David Moritz, CEO of Society Awards and the Golden Globes stauette
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David Moritz, CEO of Society Awards (No. 1,418 on the 2012 Inc. 5000!).
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David Moritz isn't an actor, rock star, or Hollywood honcho, but he still scores tickets to every major award ceremony in the entertainment industry.
Moritz is the founder and CEO of Society Awards, a New York City-based business that makes statuettes, trophies, and awards. The 14-person company's work includes the MTV Video Music Awards's "Moonman," the Emmy angel, and--for the past three years--the Golden Globes statuette.
Thanks to these and other lucrative contracts, the company is growing fast--it ranked No. 1,418 on the 2012 Inc. 5000, with $2.5 million in 2011 revenue. But Moritz hadn't always dreamed of being an entrepreneur. Back during his college days at New York University, he seemed like more of a party boy than CEO material. "I rationalized that I'd party as much as I could and settle down by the time I got to law school," he said.
And, yes, he spent three years in law school. It was only after he began interning at a boutique law firm that he confessed to his boss a desire to set out on his own.
"She said something like, 'You're a terrific lawyer and I would love for you to come here and work for me, but you're clearly focused on business,'" he recalls. "I was just always thinking of ways to generate new business."
Around that time, a friend tipped Moritz off that the awards industry lacked a clear front-runner--he says it was a hodge-podge of small trophy shops and custom manufacturers. He wanted to create a company with Hollywood appeal. "I wanted to make a company the client could be proud of--with the cachet, exclusivity, and style to match," Moritz says.
To get started, Moritz borrowed $90,000 from family members for hiring a designer and purchasing equipment. Then came the cold calling. "When you're starting out you have no clout," he says. "But I'm very energetic and passionate, and will put all of that behind an effort if I know in my heart that my product or service is better."
After several weeks of pitching small clients and building up a network of contacts, Society Awards won a commission from Billboard magazine to create a small, acrylic memento for Neil Diamond. (The magazine's more prominent recognition, the Billboard Music Awards, had been put on hiatus, but the brand honored the artist anyway.)
For Moritz, the project was a small one, but special. "They continue to be a really close client of ours," he explains.
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Jorge Camara, a three-time HFPA president with whom Moritz worked, says that Society Awards's value proposition won them over in the end.
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"Moritz gave us a better deal."
While the HFPA declines to reveal the actual dollar value of a Golden Globe (aside from, you know, "priceless"), both parties like to think the redesign boosted the physical award's "wow" factor. Moritz coordinated with a network of factories to produce a more durable, higher-quality metal that could be polished to a crisp, gleaming finish. The team also updated the details so that all of the world's continents were present and positioned accurately (previously, some islands were misplaced). Finally, Moritz flew to Los Angeles to meet with the HFPA and present samples of the statuettes.
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"That was amazing," Moritz says.
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