David is a founder of Ocean Azul Partners. He has been working with entrepreneurs and investing in startups and early-stage companies for over 15-years. David provides value to founders and investors through his experience, tactical insights, strategic planning, critical thinking, innovation and operational excellence. As a prior founder and operator, he excels at problem-solving, teamwork, and creating sustainable growth.
David is founding CFO and on the Advisory Board of ActivEngage Inc., a private B2B company innovating in live-chat software in the automotive industry for over 10-years, generating leads resulting in sales of over $15 billion. He was on the Advisory Board of DealerUps, Inc. a B2B cloud-based SaaS company (acquired by JM Family Enterprises in 2006). David developed consumer brand BeFit Nutrition in partnership with LionsGate (NYSE: LGE), growing the YouTube channel to over 200 million views and 2 million subscribers. He also helped establish That’s It Nutrition™, one of the fastest growing private nutrition bar companies in the U.S. that has delivered bars to the International Space Station.
David is a CPA and has attended Executive level courses at Columbia Business School. He earned a Master of Science in Taxation from Florida International University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he was a Division I NCAA athlete on a tennis scholarship. David is a passionate advocate for healthy lifestyle and nutrition. He enjoys playing tennis with histhree sons and spending time with his family.