Meet our cofounder, David Kiggins! Read his incredible story below and see how he got a running start in his career. Don't forget to check back later to learn even more about our other amazing team members!
David Kiggins has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and more specifically the magazine industry. At an early age, he mapped out his vision for what would later be a platform to launch careers for those in the Entertainment Industry. While studying at the University of Arkansas, David created and designed t-shirts for the University and sold them to retail shops around town, which really fueled his excitement for business and entrepreneurship. After college, David spent several years working in management in order to gain the experience he knew he would need to launch and run his future magazine, FRINGE.
In 2006 David entered a National Contest that American Eagle Outfitters was hosting, searching for the country’s brightest young minds with business ideas that had potential to change the world. David entered with his idea for Fringe Magazine and was selected to be in the top 6. The finalists were flown to NYC where David pitched his idea in front of the President of AE and a team of advisors… and won the contest. The prize was $25,000 and a celebrity invite-only party in NYC.
In 2008, David was featured in the Editor’s Letter of Millionaire Blueprints Magazine as one to watch, and was then mentored by the owner, the late Tom Spinks (former NFL player turned successful businessman). With Spinks’ encouragement to take the steps to start Fringe Magazine, David made the move to Nashville. With only a media kit, he went door to door down Music Row and raised all the money needed to launch the first issue of the magazine. With Fringe, David honed his ability to spot up-and-coming talent that he thought would break into the music industry. A few artists that he’s especially proud to have featured are The Civil Wars, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Jaida Dreyer, and Bruno Mars, among others. David worked closely everyday with record labels, artist managers and publicists, and interviewed superstar artists like Blake Shelton, Jewel, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Luke Bryan and the Civil Wars. Fringe became so successful that it was acquired in 2011.
Following the sale of Fringe, David partnered with his brother to start Billy Lush Brand, LLC (www.billylushbrand.com). They took a simple idea and turned it into an international lifestyle brand, selling skateboards and merchandise all over the world. Sharing a passion for entrepreneurship, the music industry, and developing talent, David partnered with Kimberly Novosel and together they launched PMG is 2014. David works closely with clients like Garrett Goodwin, Yellow Hammer Studio, and Jarred Pierce, to define their brands, secure media coverage, and grow their success.