David Campbell has been a technology executive, board member, investment banker, and humanitarian field volunteer. David was on the verge of retirement when a massive tsunami hit Thailand in 2004. Armed with donations he collected from friends and 35 years of business management leadership, David traveled to Thailand determined to help. The experience was life-changing and led David to create and lead the non-profit natural disaster response and rebuild organization, All Hands Volunteers, an organization that enables volunteers to provide hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad. Over the last 11 years, David has volunteered on dozens of post-disaster projects including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti, the Philippines, and Nepal, and flooding in Iowa and South Carolina. The organization has earned the highest possible 4 Star Rating by Charity Navigator and a top 5 Star rating from greatnonprofits.org and go overseas.com.
Under David's leadership over the next seven years, the organization managed over 30 projects, including major efforts in Haiti and Japan, as well as many domestic responses. David's 50-year business background includes positions as President of BBN Technologies of Cambridge, and CEO at public companies Computer Task Group of Buffalo and Xpedior of Chicago.
Recognitions include an honorary doctorate from Niagara University, Citizen of the Year from The Buffalo News, 2013 Richard Cornell Award winner and most recently the winner of Encore.org 2014 Symmetry Purpose Prize.
When was a time you needed assistance with something that seemed unmentionable at the time? A situation that you would not have been able to get through without tangible support?
I'm reminded of Nov 4th, 2005...my birthday, but also when our disaster response project in Biloxi, MS, after Katrina, was going full steam, but running out of money. A friend called to wish me well...but when I broke down sobbing because it was so frustrating to feel the "end was near", he wired $25K which helped us get going...which ended up being 3 additional full months!