David Chadd earned his Master's Degree in Philosophy in 1995 and his MBA in 2001 both from the Claremont Graduate University and has subsequently taught numerous classes in philosophy, literature, economics, religion, ethics, and business. He has taught in the University of Redlands Graduate School of Business and currently teaches in the California State University system where he has been since 1998. One of the driving forces in David’s life has been curiosity, which led him to pursue an academic career after graduating from college. David saw a great deal of success academically by being well-rated at his various teaching duties in the California State University system, and then he had the opportunity to take classes with one of the founders of modern theories of management, Peter F. Drucker. While studying under Drucker, David developed a new curiosity, which was to enter and succeed in the world of business. So he set out to earn an MBA, and in the process studied the stories of many diverse companies, along with their successes and failures. During this process, David was determined to create his own business story, and thanks to a chance, but fortunate meeting, founded Reviation Indusries with his business partner Ross Hunter.
Through his academic training, David possesses analytical skills along with the ability to learn new and complicated information, and he deployed these skills as Reviation was growing. David oversaw the creation of the various vector art products that Reviation sells through various distributors, maintains an internship program at the company, and has created a tutorial for screen printers on how to use Adobe Illustrator. In the process of creating the art products, legal questions began to emerge concerning various intellectual property issues. So David put his academic skills to work to carefully and thoroughly study the laws controlling copyright and trademark. In conjunction with various consultants, David and Ross developed an understanding of the business model of screen printing, which helped to change the way he and Ross understood Reviation.
David feels a certain satisfaction being in the world of business and being able to communicate the insights that have been “hard won” over the years. For him, being an academic is certainly rewarding, but being a successful entrepreneur is rewarding in ways that academia will never be. Thanks to his business he is part of something that is truly unique in the world, and offers connections to organizations and individuals that are very impressive. Reviation is not just about getting people in and out and taking their money, but forming connections with great people who are doing amazing things, and helping them accomplish their goals when it comes to their decorated apparel needs. David is excited about his company and it’s success, and he is looking forward to sharing the excitement and insights that got Reviation Industries to where it is today. When Reviation began, there were so many things that David and Ross didn’t know. Experience can often be the best teacher, and when you combine that with careful study you are able to offer a seminar that presents these elements. For David, the Power the Press event is about sharing these experiences, and sharing these insights, and he is very happy and pleased to be a part of it.
Bridget Brady is an enlightened entrepreneur, speaker, author and social media authority. Bridget has been in the information technology industry for over 25 years, spending 7 of those years in New York City, working on Wall Street.