Dave got the special event bug after volunteering for the LA Marathon setting up the race’s midpoint Mardi Gras event. By the end of the day he was driving the truck as the newest employee of John Daly Inc. International! Dave mentored under the tutelage of this great industry icon for 7 years before joining the team at the acclaimed Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. In 1999 Dave discovered the great state of Texas and got there as soon as he could, though not a native, most who know him will say Dave is a naturalized Texan through and through!
Ever since Dave entered the special event industry he has been involved in educational development in the industry. Dave was not only president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Special Event Society he was also President of the Dallas Chapter. This makes Dave one of the few people to have served in 2 chapters in this role. His leadership skills further benefited the industry as he has been instrumental in developing the LA-La Awards and the Texas Star Awards both continue to this day honoring excellence in the industry in Los Angeles and throughout Texas.
Dave joined BRAVO! Entertainment in 2006 as creative director and is instrumental in the development and execution of BRAVO!’s award winning entertainment productions!
From 2011 to 2013 Dave has been the Executive Creative Director of the “Toast to Life Gala” for the Resource Center Dallas.Through its health and medical services, the Center is a leader in HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services,In 2011 he was awarded the “Bruce Long Award Development Dept. Volunteer of the Year” by the Resource Center Dallas for his work with “Toast to Life Gala”.
In 2016 David was one of the first 7 people in the world to be accredited as a Certified Talent and Entertainment Professional (CTEP) validating him as an expert in his field.
Dave is currently President of the Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals of Texas (STEP), a Past President of the International Live Event Association (ILEA) Dallas Chapter, he is President Elect of the Texas Alliance of Convention, Operations and Meeting Managers (TxACOM) and a member of Meeting Professionals International.