David returned to Elkhart, Ind. as a young boy and graduated in 1973 as part of the first class at Memorial High School. He obtained his business degree from The University of Los Angeles and quickly demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit by starting a number of different companies.
He worked for IBM in their IT (informational technology) department and headed to London to assist Lloyds of London with their technology. After working for them for a period of time, he launched what came to be his primary business, Hastings Direct - a direct insurance company based out of Hastings, England. The company conducted business in countries such as Gibraltar, Dubai, Japan, Nepal, Bahrain, Lebanon, and others.
He was an extremely-respected business leader in the United Kingdom and other countries yet cared deeply about his staff of over 1,500.
After selling his successful global insurance business, David spent more time in Los Angeles and launched a movie production company. His initial production was the award winning film, "Get Low," starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.
David's real passion was for the improvement in the plight of children of all ages around the world. He wanted others to have the kind of wonderful childhood that he treasured growing up in Elkhart. His philanthropic work led him to Romania, Morocco, Russia, and Sri Lanka to support orphanages or create scholarships to study abroad.more » « less