David has extensive experience in operations having held executive level positions in several national foot-print, multi-channel sports, and outdoor retail chains. He has proven record of achievement in strategy development and execution, results-oriented leadership, and customer satisfaction within fast-paced, rapidly growing companies. He is particularly adept in developing effective, loyal, and cohesive entrepreneurial teams.
David joined SFM in August of 2018 and serves as our Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Venue development and operations. From 2013 to 2018, he served as the COO for a regional natural foods retail chain based in southwest Florida, where his responsibilities included all aspects of business operations.
From 2010 to 2013, David served as Vice President – Director of Retail for Baskin’s Western & Work Wear, where he oversaw all aspects of Retail Operations. During David’s tenure, Baskin’s grew from 17 to 31 locations prior to a successful the exit by private equity ownership. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a Regional Manager for Academy Sports & Outdoors, Inc. where he held responsibilities for retail operations. From 2004 to 2008, David served as Senior Vice President – Director of Stores for Golfsmith Golf & Tennis, Inc., where he oversaw all aspects of Retail Development and Operations. During his tenure, Golfsmith grew from 60 to 79 nationwide locations with over $300M in annual revenue and successfully executed an IPO. David started his career in 1987 at Galyan’s Sports & Outdoors., Inc. where he worked more than 20 years, starting as a salesperson during high school, working in a variety of management positions in stores and home office, eventually being promoted to Senior Vice President – Director of Retail, where he oversaw all aspect of Retail Development and Operations. During David’s tenure, Galyan’s grew from 2 to 51 nationwide locations with over $750M in annual revenue, successfully migrating through several changes in ownership transaction resulting in a successful IPO.
David hails from Indianapolis, Indiana where he and his wife passionately led their 5 children into various sport, outdoor, and social activities. He had a successful amateur athletic career where he participated in sports activities such as football, basketball, baseball, track, golf, tennis and cycling. David played football during college and has competitively cycled in the United States Cycling Federation. David is an Indiana University graduate where he studied Business Management.