About Dave

Halbiut caught off the coast of Homer, Alaska. 06.2008

Halibut caught off the coast of Homer, Alaska. 06.2008

I’m lucky enough to have traveled a lot, and I think I might be addicted to it. Not to the escape from “reality”, but rather the excitement of learning about something new or experiencing something different.

As a kid, my parents took me on trips around the country and around the world. While I may not have understood or appreciated everything we did, I believe that visiting these unique places set the foundation for my passion for travel.

My dad’s job as a college professor, brought us to live in Bristol, England for 6 months when I was 10 years old. Every weekend we were driving to a new castle or cathedral, or we were off visiting incredible places like Loch Ness and Stonehenge. We also were able to get to continental Europe easily. I was almost blown into Mt. Vesuvius. Crazy.

When I was 13, we had the same opportunity to spend time in Adelaide, Australia, and we visited Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, saw the amazing scenery of the Great Ocean Road (the 12 Apostles) and held koalas and fed kangaroos.  We also visited New Zealand while in the southern hemisphere.  I’ve had the fortune of returning to Australia in 2000 for work – during the Summer Olympics. I definitely could live in Sydney.

Picadilly Circus. London. February 2007

Picadilly Circus, London. 02.2007

I’ve had the opportunity to explore Europe on numerous occasions since we lived there in 1984. I’ve been there under the guise of a soccer player, a backpacker, a business person, a tourist, etc.  London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Carcassone, Avignon, Sevilla and Cinque Terre and other places have all been incredible places to really enjoy Europe.

I still need to get a lot of places. The list is long. Top of the list is South Africa… primarily because the #1 thing on my to-do list is cage diving with Great White Sharks. I’ll be crossing that off the list shortly, as I’m headed there in June 2010 for the World Cup. I could do the shark diving in San Francisco or even San Diego, but the best experience will be in Shark Alley off the coast of South Africa. Can you imagine seeing a 20-foot Great White in its natural environment?! Awesome.

Patagonia. Cerro Fitz Roy in Parque Nacional Los Glacieres, Argentina.

Patagonia. Cerro Fitz Roy in Parque Nacional Los Glacieres, Argentina.

I am fascinated by wilderness. I spent a week in a solar-powered cabin in Montana in 2005 that really opened my eyes to what wilderness really is. It wasn’t because we had solar power or needed to bring 1,000 gallons of water in a tank from a well 2 miles down the road, but rather because you have to carry bear mace when you walk off the deck and because you could spend hours or even a full day outside without encountering a trace of mankind.  Exploring the land in southwestern Montana and venturing into Yellowstone National Park made me feel different… and since that week I have been obsessed with the vast expanses of untouched land in our country and around the world.  That’s why I went to Alaska in summer of 2008 and Patagonia in early 2009 and now South Africa in 2010.  And that’s why my list of places-to-go is full of destinations like Lake Baikal in Siberia, Banff National Park in Canada, Glacier National Park in Montana, Antarctica and others.

Other than travel, my primary passion is soccer. I’ve been lucky to work in-and-around soccer for years, and have had a lot of amazing experiences as a result of that (including some of the travel mentioned above).  Some of my favorite soccer experiences are: working and being at the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final with 92,000 people at the Rose Bowl; playing college soccer at William & Mary; seeing Liverpool beat West Ham 6-0 at Anfield in 1984 (Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, etc); and many, many others. My South Africa travel desire collides with my soccer passion in 2010, when the World Cup takes place in South Africa. I’ll be there with tickets in hand to six matches.

I’m also lucky to have been able to parlay my passion for soccer into a career in sports marketing. I’ve worked with amazing people and organizations, usually close to elite athletes. From the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup to an internet company that hosted web pages for pro athletes to the WUSA to an agency that represented the top American soccer players, I have had some incredible experiences around my favorite sport. I’ve traveled the world for those jobs, and learned a lot about marketing soccer and sport in general. After getting my MBA at Arizona State with a specialization in Sports Business, I became Director of Marketing for Athletes’ Performance, where I managed the brand for elite athlete training facilities and the consumer brand Core Performance. Since August 2010, I’ve been working with At One Yoga and Spiritual Gangster as Business Director. At One Yoga is the leading yoga studio in the western US and has a unique style that’s recognized worldwide. Spiritual Gangster captures that funky vibe through lifestyle apparel and yoga products.

Thanks for taking the time to read about me and read about my blog. I’m excited to share my experiences with the hope of inspiring others to take the time to explore new things and places – now. My personal belief is that we each can’t “afford” to put off experiences. We can’t delay or ignore our opportunities to explore, learn and live; they may not be opportunities that are available to us in the future.

Quick Facts:

Education
BA, Economics – College of William and Mary
MBA – W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Favorites
Soccer Team:  Bristol City FC (www.bcfc.co.uk)
Color:   Blue
Historical Figure: (tie) Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt
Weather Condition:   Mostly Sunny

Responses

  1. Dude,

    The site looks great– can’t wait to see the pix from South America.

  2. Phenomenal pictures!!! Thanks for not revealing the gnarly toenails… or lack thereof. Glad all is well!!!

  3. Beautiful work Dave, great to know you’re having a fantastic time! Hope you’ll get back to Oz someday, and Matt and I would love to see you in Arizona sometime. Have fun, safe travels….

  4. David-
    Can’t believe your pictures. It’s amazing. The world is beautiful where you are. Took time to check out your blog–amazing–you won’t have to try and remember all these inspirations when you get home and you’ll have them forever. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. Dave,

    Great pics….looks like you have had some truly amazing adventures.

    Have a great time in SA…can’t wait to see more pics from there!

    Rebecca (Finifter) Wrotny

  6. Really enjoyed reading about your travels what a great thing in life to be able to travel and see what the world is made up of in all it’s natural beauty.. and more importantly be a person who appreciates it.. Thanks for sharing’😊


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