Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development and Operations
Since 1991, David has been volunteering for Best Buddies. The start of a brilliant career began simply with the gift of friendship while David attended the University of South Florida. As a sibling of two individuals with intellectual disabilities, Ken & Kendra Holden, David understands the importance of the Best Buddies mission.
He, along with several other USF students, founded the Best Buddies chapter on their campus. While at USF, he served as the Student Body President for an unprecedented two years. In that position, David learned the power of advocacy and the importance of taking a stand to make a difference in the lives of many different constituencies. He graduated with a BA degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in journalism.
After graduation, David joined Best Buddies Florida as the Colleges Program Manager for the Southeastern United States which included 42 college chapters. In 1997, he was selected to serve as the State Director of Best Buddies Illinois.
In 1999, David was promoted to serve as the Vice President, Programs & State Development at the headquarters office of Best Buddies International in Miami. With the organization on the cusp of exploding around the world, David helped to launch and expand programs to assist even more people with intellectual disabilities to be hired in jobs and have the opportunity for a mutually enriching one-to-one friendship.
David left Best Buddies in 2009 to serve as the Executive Director for The Palm Beach Pops, a world class symphony pops orchestra dedicated to preserving the Great American Songbook. He returned to Best Buddies in 2013 to serve as the Senior Vice President, Major Gifts, Mission, and Operations.