David C. Glass
Entrepreneur, Innovation Ecosystem Builder, Program Director
(813) 363-0304
Orlando, Florida
Skills
Leadership
Business Operations
Event Production
Project Management
Program Design
Event Strategy
Budgeting
Tech Intergration
Media Production
Content Strategy
Communications
Branding
Logistics
Digital Marketing
User Experience Design
Web Design
Video Production
Photography
Software
Adobe Creative Suite
Amazon Web Services
Google Workspace
MacOS
WordPress
Airtable
Cvent
Hopin
Final Cut Pro X

An entrepreneur, innovation ecosystem builder, and accomplished program director with over 15 years of experience in creating and programming live events, conferences, and trade shows for the video game, esports, immersive media, startup, and emerging technology industries. Produced and coordinated more than 200 events in my career ranging from 50 - 10,000+ attendees in both physical and virtual environments. Skilled in overall event production and management including program design, content creation, logistics, speaker recruitment, exhibitor management, creative, web development, and communications.

Experience
Producer, Gaming Industry Events
VentureBeatJune 2022 - Present

As Producer of Gaming Industry Events at VentureBeat, I lead the program development, strategy, and design of VentureBeat’s portfolio of Video Game, Esports, and Metaverse industry conferences and events, including, GamesBeat Summit, GamesBeat Summit Next, and Into The Metaverse.

Executive Producer
OrlandoiXOctober 2013 - December 2020

OrlandoiX was the Southeast's Largest Gathering of Creators in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Video Games, and Digital Arts. Open to professionals and consumers alike, OrlandoiX sits at the intersection of creativity and technology, bringing together creators, investors, global brands, and tech enthusiasts for industry-leading keynotes, presentations, interactive exhibits, gameplay, and networking.

  • Created and produced a nationally recognized industry video game, esports, and immersive tech conference with an average of 4,000 attendees, 100+ exhibitors, and up to 300 speakers.
  • Oversaw all aspects of event operations including budgeting, content strategy, program design, vendor selection, partnerships, digital marketing, and exhibitor management.
  • Hired and directed a full-time staff of 8 employees and over 20 vendor partners.
  • Custom-developed all event tech systems including web, mobile, and communications.
  • Raised $500K annual budget via grants, sponsors, merchandise sales, and registration fees.
  • Secured major event partners including EA Sports, Full Sail University, City of Orlando.
Conference Director
Digital OrlandoMarch 2014 - December 2020

Digital Orlando convened leaders from across the spectrum of Orlando’s $13+ billion technology sector to explore how technology and innovation will shape the region's culture, companies, and community.

  • Created and directed an annual regional innovation and emerging tech leadership conference.
  • 700+ annual attendees, 100 speakers, 8 session tracks
  • Designed a program based on an annual theme with input from tech ecosystem stakeholders.
  • Recruited speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and community partnerships.
  • Directed all creative, digital marketing, and media relations.
Event Consultant, Producer, Program Director
FreelanceJanuary 2018 - Present

Contract event consultant, event producer, and program director for immersive tech, esports, video game, and new media industries.

  • Assist clients in planning, design, and execution of programs and events
  • Services provided include program design, vendor sourcing, venue selection, creative, custom event websites and mobile apps, speaker and exhibitor management, communication systems, billing, and accounting.
Founder & Director
TechVentureAugust 2008 - November 2013
  • Created and directed an annual startup conference connecting Florida's emerging technology startups with venture capital. 400 average attendees, 50 exhibitors, 30 speakers.
  • Started Venture Lounge, a quarterly social with vetted startup founders and early-stage investors. 200 average attendees. 
Conference Director
iSummitAugust 2008 - October 2014

iSummit brought together experts from leading digital brands to present and discuss topics that span all interactive media and online business models, including, Social Media, Mobile, Gaming, Big Data, Apps, Online Brand Engagement, Search, Digital Economy, Talent, Cross-Platform Advertising, User Experience, Interactive Television, Lead Generation and much more.

  • 1,000 annual attendees
  • 50 Exhibitors
  • 100 speakers, 4 Session Tracks
Publisher
Florida Technology JournalDecember 2010 - January 2016

Founded and served as publisher of the largest media outlet for Florida’s technology industry. Featuring technology news, executive and founder profiles, venture deals, and events.

Developed programming to connect and educate Florida technology and startup communities. Produced the Startup Zone videocast to showcase emerging startup companies. Directed and produced Orlando Rising, a documentary film highlighting Orlando’s booming digital media industry.

Publisher
Tampa Bay CEO MagazineNovember 2006 - December 2010

Founded and served as publisher of Tampa Bay’s largest circulated business and lifestyle magazine for CEOs. Created and hosted a series of events to connect, educate and recognize the top corporate executives. These include the Tampa Bay CEO of the Year Awards Gala, Power Player Breakfast Series, Tampa Bay 100, Business of Technology, and Business of Sports.

Professional Associations
Member, Esports Taskforce
Greater Orlando Sports CommissionJanuary 2019 - Present

Convened with leaders in Orlando’s sports, entertainment, education, government, and economic development sectors to drive awareness, engagement, and economic opportunities by attracting, producing, and promoting esports events.

Advisor, Board of Directors
Orlando Tech CouncilOctober 2018 - September 2019

Through ecosystem development, programming, and marketing, the Orlando Tech Council creates new opportunities for the regional technology and innovation community to scale and mature, resulting in a more connected, diverse, and sophisticated ecosystem and greater awareness of Orlando's global profile as a leading community for innovation.

Member, Regional Branding Committee
Orlando Economic PartnershipMay 2013 - December 2015

Representing Orlando's tech community, I joined business leaders on developing Orlando's award-winning regional business branding campaign, "Orlando. You don't know the half of it". 

Advisor, Mayor's Social Marketing Committee
Orange County GovernmentOctober 2014 - January 2016
Marketing Committee Chair, Tech Jam
Tampa Bay TechJanuary 2008 - April 2009

Led marketing initiatives for Tech Jam, the largest fundraising effort for the TBTF Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides numerous programs for middle and high school students including two-year and four-year college scholarships, mentoring and education programs, computer labs, training, and much more!

Honors
  • Featured on the cover of i4 Business Magazine, September 2015
  • Nominee, Orlando Business Journal's 2014 & 2015 40 under 40
  • Finalist, Young Professional of The Year, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, 2008
Education
Business Administration and Management
Georgia Perimeter College1997 - 1998
CEC, Entrepreneurial Studies
Emory University - Goizueta Business School2001
CEC, Marketing and Public Relations
University of South Florida2011