Mr. Hayes is president of David Hayes Artworks and with his siblings curates exhibitions for the work of their father, the noted sculptor David Hayes, including some ten solo museum exhibitions over the past eighteen months.
He most recently ran the Argian Press, a printer of fine art books, after heading an advertising agency that bore his name in Miami, Florida for seventeen years. He has three decades of experience in advertising and public relations and has done work for American Express, Sunbeam, Johnnie Walker, Mr. Coffee, The French Consulate, and the Alliance Francaise.
He is an international specialist, previously affiliated with the Ogilvy Group’s Euramerica International. He also wrote radio commercials at Ogilvy & Mather Promotions in New York. Earlier, Mr. Hayes was the Assistant to the Chairman at the Souham Communication Group of New York, Paris, and Geneva.
On graduating from college, Mr. Hayes opened David Hayes Advertising in Manchester, Connecticut for three years before moving to New York City. While in college, he ran the Alexander Hamilton Private Press in Clinton, New York, and the Argian Press in Manchester, Connecticut. Each operation had a hand-fed Chandler & Price press with hand-set lead type.
In 1980, he hitchhiked 30,000 miles through 30 countries across three continents.
He is a graduate of Hamilton College, and also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, the Institut Britannique and the Sorbonne in Paris, and the Parsons School in New York.
Mr. Hayes serves on the board of the France Florida Foundation for the Arts. Hayes recently served on the advisory boards for NPR affiliate WUOW, the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery at SUNY Oneonta and the Coral Gables Cultural Affairs Council of Florida. He is past board member of the Foothills Performing Art Center and First Night Oneonta, where he was Board Chair; the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, Executive Service Corp where he was Vice Chair and the Alliance Francaise in Miami. Mr. Hayes was invited by Mayor John Nader to help organize Oneonta’s 2008 Centennial Celebration, service for which he and every member of the Committee received Keys to the City. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Otsego.
He is past commissioner on the City of Oneonta Board of Public Service and served on Main Street Oneonta’s design committee. In 2008 he was elected an honorary member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society by students of Hartwick College.
His name appears in the credits of two documentaries made for French television: Elian Gonzalez and The School of Capitalism, and he worked with France’s TV3 network covering the American 2000 Gore/Bush post election. He edited two books detailing French culture: The Other Shore and French in your Face, a French/English dictionary of slang. He is natively fluent in French, a 1977 Connecticut State Scholar and a twelve-gallon blood donor.
He was knighted on Bastille Day of 2006 when he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite by decree of the President of France.
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