As a senior executive in an educational corporation, he advised regional center managers on marketing, while leading educational courses nationally and internationally. For ten years he worked part time with teen gangs, leading youth-at-risk programs throughout the U.S. He was also a founder of two nonprofits: a global youth leadership foundation, and an organization leading programs for families dealing with child abuse.
In the late 1970’s, David was one of a handful of the original executives launching the startup phase of one the first U.S. major franchise computer companies. ComputerLand’s bottom line grew from $700k to $1B in 7 yrs.
In 1990, he founded his own consulting practice, Fisher Associates. His business focuses almost exclusively on developing leaders and management teams to pass along their leadership skills and train other leaders. His clients, both national and international, come from such varied industries as telecommunications, software, manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceuticals, engineering, food, fragrances, automobiles and toys. Their revenues range from $3 million to $300 billion annually.
The distinctive benefit of David’s consulting work is that all engagements begin by addressing the human factor along with the business results factor. All engagements are originally co- designed with the clients in a close working relationship using their unique vision and commitments. He is known especially for helping to develop leadership ability to think both “bottom line” and “be the first of your kind.”
Earlier in his career, David was a family counselor in a Treatment Center for youth and their families. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco. He completed his counseling training through the University of California, Berkeley.
On a personal note, David enjoys challenges. He has completed numerous marathons, competed in the International Ironman Triathlon Championship, and has completed several high altitude treks in the Himalayas. His community work includes being the Board Chairman of Wilderness Way, a non-profit providing experiential Nature Study programs to middle school students along with education on American Indian History.
He currently serves as a board member of The Away Station, an environmental focused non-profit with mission of zero waste via organized collection of building materials, accepting all and re-selling or using alternative methods to avoid materials becoming landfill.
Recently, David advised a United Way All-Women Committee on launching a Pre-K program in Alabama.