Entrepreneur David Moritz is the founder and CEO of three successful businesses: Society Awards, Mode Design Group and Ambition Beverages. Equipped with a Bachelor's degree from NYU and a JD from Cardozo School of Law, Moritz turned his passion for luxury and design into a thriving businesses empire. His first company, Society Awards, was founded in 2007 and grows by over 50% every year. Under his leadership, the company was included on Inc. Magazine's prestigious 500/5000 list of the fastest growing companies in the country. A testament to his business savvy, Moritz identified a need within the custom award market and in just a few short years has made Society Awards the premiere company for high-end award design and creation.
Moritz followed up this successful business by launching a sister company, Mode Design Group. Mode is a full-service design firm specializing in brand strategy, brand innovation and package design. The concept was derived from the obscure and sometimes overlooked field of package design, which is a vital component of many businesses, but is not always done correctly. With Moritz at the helm, Mode has transformed the standard for design studios; securing high profile clients including Pepsi, Lipton, Playboy, Marc Jacobs, Patrón, Skyy and Colgate, amongst others.
Never one to miss a business opportunity, Moritz quickly realized the profitable marriage between his two companies and set out to create his own luxury products which include a vodka, sparkling wine and champagne. A nightlife aficionado who enjoys parties all over the world, Moritz always wanted to create his own high-quality spirits that would surpass the brands already on the market. He opened Ambition Beverages and launched the American-made Vision Vodka, which quickly became the darling of NYC nightlife. He then released Gabrielle Wine, a sparkler made in New York State at the oldest winery in America. Moritz completed his trifecta with Noblesse Champagne, a luxury French champagne that is 100% cuvee and 100% estate, and one of the finest champagnes on the market today. All three products are award-winning and sold at upscale restaurants, nightclubs and bars in New York City.
Gabrielle Rein is an award-winning designer who oversees and curates all design functions for Society Awards. She also serves as Creative Director for Mode Design Group, a sister company to Society Awards with a focus on branding and package design. Rein attended New York's Fashion Institute of Technology where she achieved her masters in package design. She began her career in the world of fashion and has collaborated on projects with famed designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Milly, John Varvatos, and Dolce & Gabbana. She has worked on branding and design projects for brands including Pepsi, Patron, Skyy, Colgate and many more. Rein has won awards from Graphic Design USA, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the World Beverage Competition for her works in spirits package design, and has been nominated for a Pentaward.
Rein brings her highly trained eye for the aesthetic and unwavering quality-control standards to her role as Creative Director. She takes tailored approach to every design project she works on and oversees, ensuring top quality results and client satisfaction.
Design entrepreneur. Business strategist. Innovation specialist. For twenty years Tom Higbee has delivered ideas with real value. The font of his inspiration is the diversity of his experience, having advised more than 75 companies accross a multitude of categories, and having traveled throughout more than 70 countries, collecting insight and inspiration at each stop along the way.
Tom channels this experience into helping clients and creative teams "see differently," encouraging them to open the aperture on what an idea or brand can be.
A storyteller by trade, Tom draws on his background in Advertising, Design, eBusiness and Strategy to ensure good ideas are embraced and manifest in every aspect of a client's brand or business.
Aaron Bearce was named Chief Financial Officer of Society Awards in 2012, and is primarily responsible for treasury, financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, tax and investor relations. In addition, he plays an integral role in plotting the strategic direction of existing businesses and new growth initiatives. Prior to joining Society Awards, Bearce was employed as Associate Director & Global Consumer/Retail Analyst for Barclays Capital and Moore Capital Management where he was responsible for managing investments in publicly traded retail and consumer companies. His experience on the analyst and investor side gives him insight to how marketing activities and promotional decisions can directly affect the bottom line of luxury and mass premium brands.
Mr. Bearce has earned an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and a B.S. from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
You know what else makes us unique? Our sister company.
Society Awards designs and manufactures high-profile awards including the MTV Moonman, The Emmy and The Golden Globe. As the global leader for award production, they boast an impressive client roster including the Academy of Country Music, CFDA, Sundance and The Clio's. Whether it be an award design or a custom piece of art, Mode Design Group and Society Awards frequently collaborate to merge art, luxury design and quality manufacturing to provide the ultimate client experience.
Please visit SocietyAwards.com to learn more.
We are early adaptors! The Standard Motors Building boasts the largest urban farm in the United States on its rooftop, and is revitalizing the LIC-Astoria border to be a green-friendly environment. The Mode Studio on the 5th floor is designed to foster creative synergy, efficient and collaborative work. Open modern spaces with organic touches, original artwork and classic modern design pieces. The space was designed by world renowned architects from Bromley Caldari.