Managing Partner

Krista Cobb

Krista founded DBA in 1992 as a board member and its chief officer for all finance, human resources, accounting and administrative management of the business. With a background in team leadership and office management, Krista developed the agency business model and provided direction for the operational aspects of the business.

Growing from a basement operation with her husband and Creative Director, Daniel Cobb, Krista recruited the talent and developed funding mechanisms to bring the agency from a startup to a top-ten Detroit firm. Doubling its business during the late ’90s, DBA’s billings grew to $20 million by 2012.

Krista developed the agency recruiting model to develop young talent into cutting-edge creative thinkers. Coming from the operational side of the business, Krista brings a financial and structural balance to a creative shop. In addition to building the advertising agency, she developed the real estate business, On The Main properties.

Krista has a total of 28 years of experience in advertising, marketing, business management and accounting. Her education is in accounting at Oakland University and Oakland Community College. Prior to founding DBA, Krista worked at World Computer and International Business Centers as an office operator and financial controller.

Associations & Awards

Under Krista's leadership, DBA has been named among Detroit’s Future 50 as one of its fastest growing companies, and it has been awarded several times for its involvement of minorities and women on its leadership team.

Board Memberships

Keystone Foundation
Big Fish Foundation


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