Dave was born in upstate NY where he rode horses and snowboards for fun. His zeal for adventure led him to Colorado State University for an undergraduate Business degree, then on to Mauritania with the Peace Corps where he put his French minor to use. 14 months in, and shortly after 9/11, he applied to the School for International Training and started working at Jay Peak Ski Resort. After a year of graduate school and a couple of summers at the Hatteras Island Surf Shop, he spent another 3 years in the Peace Corps in Peru. It was there his surfing & service culminated with a MS in Organizational Management making a "case for Adventure Service Tourism". Soon after, with an amazing cast of characters from all over the world, WAVES for Development was officially founded in 2007.