Workforce Strategy Consultant, Arizona Commerce Authority

David is skilled in economic development, travel and tourism, and the news media.  Serving as a Workforce Strategy Consultant for the Arizona Commerce Authority Office of Economic Opportunity and previously as Executive Vice President of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, David brings extensive industry knowledge to every project he is engaged.  For more than fifteen years he has championed promotion of Arizona’s business assets, climate and culture to global markets including Canada, Mexico, China, England, Germany, France, India, Norway and Taiwan. He joined the Arizona Department of Commerce in May 2005 to lead the agency’s communication and public outreach activities. Prior to economic development, David led daily broadcast television newscasts for fifteen years.

With a strong background in journalism coupled with his government relations, David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to every project. Through his roles and unique contacts across the state and nation, David serves as a convener and connector for businesses and government. He has championed outreach efforts to Arizona’s metro and rural communities through various workshops, listening sessions, community town halls and annual Governor’s conferences.

Most recently, David has elevated efforts to align the talent pipeline for the hospitality industry by convening and connecting statewide resources across the workforce sector, colleges, universities, CTE programs and travel and tourism businesses (airlines, sports teams, hotels, resorts and attractions).  He secured a $100,000 grant focused on expanding the state’s first non-traditional Registered Apprenticeship Program for hospitality managers as well as providing scholarships for college and university students exploring careers in the industry.

David currently serves as board president for the Arizona Society of Association Executives and on the boards of the Maricopa Community College Foundation, the Maricopa County Workforce Board as well as its Youth Committee.  He has previously served on the boards of the Arizona Association for Economic Development and Phoenix Theatre.