R. David Ross
R. David Ross, a Warren Whitney professional, has more than 30 years of experience working for both non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses. Through his advocacy and lobbying on behalf of medium to large businesses he has become a nationally recognized and sought speaker. David has spoken and led sessions on topics such as Economic Development, Governmental Policy, Business Development from concept to implementation, the Age Wave and its impact on business, motivation, and many others.
David’s keen sense of perception, many years of professional experience, and graduate work in Organizational Behavior and Management enable him to work with organizations to resolve issues stemming from poor communication and implement proper ways of treating all stake-holders. He conducts strategic planning sessions, board training and development, and assists in articulation of a company’s corporate culture, goals, and mission, aiding in the acquisition and retention of customers, clients, and employees.
David has expertise in the following fields:
- Communications, public speaking, advocacy, and lobbying
- Marketing and public relations
- Strategic planning
- Board training, development, and committee structure
- Capital Campaign management
- Large-scale fundraising and development
Prior to joining Warren Whitney David headed a state agency for the Governor with a $160 million budget and 1,600 employees. He was charged with making 5 and 10 percent budget cut recommendations without cutting any programs. While Executive VP of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce for a decade, David was responsible for government relations at all levels of government, economic development, community affairs, and board relations. He was also instrumental in assisting in the formation of the Greater Richmond Partnership. David also worked as a private contractor for a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations to identify, conceptualize, execute, and analyze business strategies to better fulfill each organization’s mission and goals.
Education and Professional Associations:
David received his Bachelors in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed graduate work at the University of Delaware. He has been on the Board for Bon Secours-MRMC, Hanover Tavern, the Hanover Community Services Board, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and the American Heart Association. David served on the gubernatorial transition teams for two Virginian governors, and in 2014 received a commending resolution from the Virginia General Assembly for raising in excess of $100 million for non-profit projects and programs in Central Virginia. He is the Founder of the Hanover Chapter of the American Heart Association as well as the Founder of the Mechanicsville Jaycees.