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David Zahn

Dave Zahn

Partner, Founder

Dave is a visual artist by training and a graphic designer and media technologist by profession. After graduating from the Pratt Institute in 1969, he came to Vermont in 1971 to pursue a career as a ski instructor; he's lived in South Woodbury, Vt., since 1975.

Dave's  has been a part of the Vermont business community since 1979 when he founded a toy company that manufactured a popular toy product based on the work of Buckminster Fuller: the "ZIZIX." Since '85 he's worked in the field of computer graphics and interactive marketing, beginning with his company, Wordgraphics, in Stowe, where he ran one of Vermont's first computer graphics studios, and helped pioneer the use of computers in advertising and design.

Following this, in 1991, he created Vermont's first full-service electronic advertising agency: Signal Advertising. Dave's worked on interactive media and hypertext-based presentation systems since '88, and was an active developer in the CD-ROM publishing business in the early '90s. When the Internet age began, Signal was among the first companies to provide ecommerce websites for Vermont businesses.

As a progressive employer, Dave believes his first obligation as a business owner is to his staff. To this end he's created a non-hierarchical teamwork system in which staff members interact freely and support each other in thier work with clients. Signal staff members have flexible work hours and work from home. Signal's organized around the idea that quality work can only be accomplished with a stable staff of employees that are compensated fairly, actually like their jobs, are comfortable and happy in their work, respect themselves and each other, and value their community.

  • Visual Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Typographer
  • Marketer
  • Teacher

Meet Signal's Team

David Zahn
Partner, Founder

Dave Zahn

Dave is a visual artist by training and a graphic designer and media technologist by profession.

Phil Marshall
Partner, General Manager

Phil Marshall

With almost 20 years in the industry, Phil's mastered an impressive list of programming technologies.

Mark Engelhardt
Software Engineer, System Administrator

Mark Engelhardt

Mark has the ability to program in PHP/MySQL as well as a dozen other programming languages.

Scott Jeter
Designer, Programmer, Project Manager

Scott Jeter

Trained in graphic arts and influenced by computer science, Scott's gained a broad perspective in the fast-moving industry of web development.

Craig Bailey
Designer, Programmer, Project Manager

Craig Bailey

Craig's first online experience was in 1985, logging in at 128 kbps to Quantum Link, an early predecessor of America Online.

Designer, Art Director

Natalya Zahn

Natalya is a Boston-based illustrator, designer and visual story-teller skilled in traditional media and digital techniques.