Dave started his career at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts as an HR (Employment and Employee Relations) Manager in Newport Beach, CA in 1998. During his tenure he was also selected to join their Hyatt University Program as their Regional Training Manager for Southern California. In April of 2002 he was promoted to the Assistant HR Director for the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort and Spa in Palm Desert for their renovations and re-openings.
In May of 2003 he was offered a Human Resources Director role for The Standard Hotels Brand where he spent two years enhancing the HR function from Employee Relations guidance and training to negotiating Benefits and Worker's Compensation programs and administration for optimal utilization.
The opportunity surfaced at House of Blues and Live Nation Entertainment where Dave's experience and exposure would become paramount for his career. He partnered with seventeen presidents in four regions and became a Project Manager for the Recruitment and On boarding initiatives. Working closely with the Labor Relations Director, Dave made certain that there was a partnership culture between union and non-union environments to provide excellent experiences for both internal and external guests. He left after seven years to undergo a new industry.
The East Coast was calling his name and he moved to New York in 2012 to fulfill a two year contract as the Chief HR Advisor for a National Retail Entertainment company, Make Meaning. In this duration he built the foundation for all HR initiatives until the company suffered a permanent closure.
In July of 2014 he became the first Vice President of Human Resources for a beautiful lifestyle membership club named Soho House. He was assigned three directives when he came on board: Recruitment, Retention and Compliance. This is where he was able to take all three to a high quality level implementing a strong performing ATS, training all levels of management on a High Productive Performance Culture which decreased turnover by 29 percent in their North American region within two years and provided HR support globally with Employee Relations and Compliance programs. During a Union campaign at the Toronto location in May of 2017 the Management team and Dave were able to successfully defeat the certification under Ontario's rapid seven day response as well as defend the Unfair Labor Practice complaint with employer communications and responses.
During his HR Career he has been a chair member for the San Diego Hospitality Human Resources Association from 2005 thru 2008. He has orchestrated and managed over sixteen hotel, restaurant, music hall, membership club and retail store openings. Recently he has obtained certifications to train TIPS (Alcohol Awareness) and Emotional Intelligence and has conducted over 32 courses this past year. He is a CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach) certified with CTI (CO-Active Training Institute) and is Certified through The Leadership Circle to conduct Individual and Group Leadership coaching programs through their high level assessment that builds the integrated framework for breakthrough performance and extraordinary business results.
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