David moved to Montana in 1993, a few years after obtaining an English degree from Bates College in Maine (college summers were spent guiding at a guest ranch in White Sulphur Springs, MT). Just out of school, he worked for the Orvis Company, a high end outdoor retailer, managing their $1 million per year retail store in Boston, their Boston fly fishing school, and helping assess partners for their Orvis Endorsed Lodge & Guide program.
In Montana, David was a travel planner for Off the Beaten Path, the region’s premier custom trip-planning travel company, and subsequently the head of OBP’s The Sportsman’s Desk. While there, David marketed, sold (via print marketing and direct phone sales), and planned self-guided outdoor-oriented vacations for an ultra-exclusive clientele. He also traveled extensively throughout the Northern Rockies, assessing potential destinations, and consulted with new and existing destinations with regard to services, pricing, and potential.
Thompson’s primary roles at Brickhouse Creative are creative director, copywriter, and brand manager—not to mention he is our company principal and owner of the place. Unlike other agencies where the principal often has diminished input on the day-to-day work product, David plays a pivotal role in all creative work coming out of Brickhouse, from brand strategy and messaging to design and imagery.
David’s articles and photographs occasionally appear in regional and national publications such as Fly Fisherman Magazine, Big Sky Journal and Forbes.com. He has toured nationally with a bluegrass band (Kane’s River), wrote two songs that made the top 10 on the bluegrass charts, and co-produced and composed songs for Fishing Music I & II, a nationally-acclaimed acoustic music album—highlighted by a live performance on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Outside the office, David fly fishes, hikes, and explores the backroads and lost trails of Montana with his wife and two young daughters.