David joined Skyline in 1996 as a partner, leading the sales and business development effort. In 2005, he assumed the role of CEO and restructured Skyline into a 100% employee-owned entity, which changed the direction and future of the organization. As CEO, David is responsible for driving firm wide growth as a national commercial real estate and construction services platform with a vision of representation in every major city within the US, all operating under a people-first mentality. He leads business expansion through acquisitions, implements long and short term plans for growth, provides executive leadership and works closely the firm’s board of directors.
HIS BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Before joining Skyline, David admired the construction industry from a distance through his participation in BOMA and his work with local general contractors as a vendor: “I noticed that people in the construction industry seemed to be having a lot of fun, while doing some really large projects in marquee high-rise locations,” said David, “so when I was approached by the former founders of Skyline to join them as a partner, I was excited about the opportunity to enter this business.”
HIS MANAGEMENT PHILOSOPHY
As a former collegiate athlete, David believes that leading an organization draws many similarities to playing team sports: “I always wore the captain’s “C” on my jersey, and it came with great responsibility. I have the same mentality towards business — no task or job is too small or too big. My goal is to always help the team move the ball forward. I hope the lessons I teach are of persistence, humility, focus and communication, coupled with a genuine desire to learn and get better. All of which results in personal and professional success.”
HIS INTERESTS AND HIDDEN TALENTS
David is respected as a skilled businessman, leader and innovator, but if you ask him what his true talents are, he says it’s his ability to spin plates and create parody versions of popular songs — skills he crafted during his down time while waiting tables in college.
Outside of work David likes to ski, watch hockey play golf and travel the world with his wife and kids: “Being an immigrant from Europe, I have family all over the world, which makes for fun travel experiences.”