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T. David Lester

T. David Lester is the founder and president of Lester & Associates, an award-winning marketing communications firm based in Atlanta and specializing exclusively in strategic marketing for real estate, including residential, commercial, industrial, resort and mixed-use properties.

David formed his company in 1983 with the singular objective of applying sound marketing principles to real estate – an industry then not known for stellar product positioning or messaging. Lester & Associates has since been an integral partner in the marketing success of more than 600 development and redevelopment projects throughout the country and abroad, with clients that include some of the most respected names in the business. The firm has won numerous awards from the graphic design, printing and real estate industries.

Prior to forming Lester & Associates, David was with New South Drawing Company/Design Associates. He initially served as a designer for the firm, and subsequently, as an art director. In these positions, David produced graphics, illustrations, advertising and interior designs for the firm’s primarily real estate-related clients.

A native Georgian from Athens, David received a BFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, in 1975 and was a graduate assistant in Cortona in 1976. He has served as a member of the Board of Visitors for UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art since 2001. In 2005, Mr. Lester also taught in the school’s graphic design department. He continues to be involved with the school’s studies-abroad program in Cortona, Italy, having participated in the program as a student from 1973 to 1976.