About Rich Moret

Rich has spent more than 40 years in the advertising agency business. But along the way, he has also taught English in high school, marketing in college and been a VISTA Volunteer in New York City.

After graduating with a BA in English from Amherst College (where he won the annual poetry award), Rich moved to Chicago and used his poetry talent to land his first job as an advertising copywriter. Soon after, he was offered a dream copywriting job at an advertising agency in Hawaii – where he was also schooled in account service, media placement and billing by Dave Park (later to become president of DDB – LA). During his five years in the Aloha State, Rich worked with many major hotels and tourist attractions as well as car dealers, developers (Maui’s first condominium) and consumer electronics giant Toshiba (for which he created the slogan they used worldwide for over 25 years: “In touch with tomorrow”).

In 1975, Rich moved back to Tucson and was soon hired to run the Tucson office of Arizona’s first statewide advertising agency, Owens & Associates. That office was later to become Owens/Moret and, finally, Moret & Associates Advertising.

In the almost 40 years that Rich has been in the advertising business in Tucson, he has had the privilege of handling a wide variety of clients – including some “firsts”:

Other major clients handled over the years include: Estes, Fairfield, Pulte, Richmond American, Grunewald & Adams, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Casino del Sol, Old Tucson, TMC, Biosphere 2, the AIC campus of the University of Arizona, St. Gregory Preparatory School, San Miguel High School, National Bank of Arizona, Adobe Air/MasterCool Evaporative Coolers, and Weiser Lock. In addition, Rich has handled many major political campaigns and prominent local politicians (including the late Mayor Lew Murphy and late Congressman Jim McNulty). In 1984, a TV spot Rich created for McNulty was chosen by The Today Show as the best political commercial in the country.

Some of the countless boards Rich has served on include: United Way, Ad Fed, 88-CRIME (former president), Tucson Classics (co-founder of the Michael Landon Celebrity Tennis Classic), Boys Chorus, St. Gregory, Amity (former president), America Israel Friendship League and Pima Community College Foundation.

Besides winning countless creative awards, Rich has been recognized as United Way’s “Volunteer of the Year”, the Ad Fed’s “Advertising Person of the Year” and, in 2010, was awarded the highest honor of the American Advertising Federation: its “Silver Medal” (or lifetime achievement award).

In his “spare” time, Rich teaches advertising at The Art Institute of Tucson.