After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1980, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the highly acclaimed Coloradan and National Champion of the General Motors Intercollegiate Marketing Challenge, David joined Procter & Gamble, the world’s foremost consumer package goods company. In 1991, E. & J. Gallo, the world’s largest wine company, recruited David where he was the primary architect for the design and start-up of their successful on-premise and import business.
David left Gallo in 2000 to join The Wine Group LLC to succeed legendary Founder, Art Ciocca. David was promoted to CEO the following year, a position that David agreed to accept for no more than a dozen years. On his twelfth anniversary with TWG, David stepped aside to be Vice Chairman of the Board and left TWG six months later to help his wife and daughters start-up a small estate winery. As CEO, David transformed TWG into the world’s most cost and carbon efficient vintner, then ranked as the 2nd largest wine producer in the world by volume with revenue exceeding one billion dollars.
David is past Chairman of both the Wine Institute and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce. He lives in the Livermore Valley with his wife Darcie, an internationally acclaimed vintner and artist. Their two daughters were raised in Livermore and remain active in the family wine business.
David joined Tri-Valley Conservancy’s Board of Directors in 2017.