The Disneyland Resort – Starting as an hourly musician in the All-American College Band, a ten year stint as a clinician/consultant and five salaried positions later, Dave reached the top entertainment job as the Vice President of Entertainment and Executive Producer. There he managed a staff of approximately 2500 employees, created content based strategies for driving attendance and increasing revenues and was credited for re-inventing Disney fireworks shows.
Tokyo Disney Resort – As the head of Entertainment and Costuming from 1993 to 1995, TDR presented more quality live entertainment than any other venue in the world. Shows, spectaculars and parades from TDR, like Disney’s Fantillusion, are still traveling to other Disney properties today.
SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove – Re-imagined and developed a new brand of animal experiences as the Executive Producer and V.P. of Entertainment. These internationally acclaimed award winning shows paved the way for record revenues and attendance each year from 2003 to 2007. He also represented the company as the media spokesperson for various events, promotions and grand openings of major entertainment attractions.
The Walt Disney Special Events Group – Created and led the first global special event company for Disney with offices in London, Singapore, Melbourne, California and Florida. This group produced hundreds of signature events and multi-city tours in over forty countries each year between 1995 and 2001.
Projects/Clients – Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro, Waldorf Astoria, Tournament of Roses Parades, ESPN, Louisiana State University, Major League Baseball, Young President’s Organization, Bobby Flay, Jeff Corwin, University of Arizona, Jack Hanna, Kodak, Dubai Shopping Festival, McDonald’s Japan, Australian Grand Prix, Beauty and the Beast…the musical London, The Disney Channel, Universal Studios Japan, Pixar Studios, The White House, ABC, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, Westin, Hilton, Sesame Street’s “Elmo and the Bookaneers”, “Believe”, “Shamu Rocks” and “Blue Horizons” at SeaWorld Orlando, Panasonic Avionics, Presidential Rallies and galas for foreign dignitaries and heads of state, Ritz Carlton, California Governor Inaugurals, TaylorMade/Adidas, and more.
Education – Colorado State University graduate in Music Education
Philosophy – Americans are ready for a new brand of thinking…one that uses hope as a filter…a brand of thinking that encourages each and every one of us to reach our potential, to realize our dreams and to nurture the authenticity in every living being.
Music – He formed his first corporation at the age of 23, toured across America performing as a musician in the concert/record business. They shared billings with jazz artists like Spyro Gyra, Bob James and Pat Metheny. He co-owned a small jingle company and performed drum clinics for Yamaha Drums and Sabian Cymbals. He played with comedians like the Smothers Brothers and Andy Kaufman and musical acts such as Doc Severinson and Roy Clark.