David C. Glass
Entrepreneur, Innovation Ecosystem Builder, Events Leader
(813) 363-0304
Orlando, Florida
Business Operations
Event Production
Project Management
Program Design
Event Strategy
Tech Intergration
Media Production
Content Strategy
Digital Marketing
User Experience Design
Web Design
Video Production
Adobe Creative Suite
Amazon Web Services
Google Workspace
Final Cut Pro X

An entrepreneur, innovation ecosystem builder, and accomplished events leader 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.

Producer, Gaming Industry Events
VentureBeatJune 2022 - December 2022

As a seasoned producer with extensive experience in the gaming industry, I held a leadership role at VentureBeat as the Producer of Gaming Industry Events. In this capacity, I spearheaded the program development, strategy, and design of VentureBeat's B2B Video Game, Esports, and Metaverse industry conferences and events, including GamesBeat Summit, GamesBeat Summit Next, and Into The Metaverse. 

My responsibilities included:

  • Providing leadership and direction in the development and design of flagship B2B video game industry events.
  • Driving the creation of event themes, programs, and agendas.
  • Managing all aspects of venue selection, space design, and event logistics.
  • Conducting in-depth market research and competitive analysis to inform event strategy.
  • Ensuring the seamless execution of production timelines, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Guiding weekly group status meetings to keep the team on track and aligned.
  • Securing top-level speakers through extensive recruitment efforts.
  • Collaborating with business development and sales teams to establish strategic partnerships and secure sponsorships.
  • Working closely with company leadership, event operations, and marketing teams to achieve shared goals.
  • Identifying new market opportunities and leading the expansion of programs and events.
Founder & Executive Producer
OrlandoiXOctober 2013 - December 2020

As the founder and executive producer of OrlandoiX, I played a pivotal role in establishing the Southeast's largest gathering of creators in the virtual reality, video games, and digital art industries. With an average attendance of 4,000 attendees, 100+ exhibitors, and up to 300 speakers, OrlandoiX positioned itself as a hub for creativity and technology, bringing together creators, investors, global brands, and tech enthusiasts for industry-leading keynotes, presentations, interactive exhibits, gameplay, and networking. 

My responsibilities included:

  • Driving the creation and production of a nationally recognized video game, esports, and immersive tech conference.
  • Overseeing all aspects of event operations, including budgeting, content strategy, program design, vendor selection, partnerships, digital marketing, and exhibitor management.
  • Led a team of 8 full-time staff members and over 20 vendor partners.
  • Developing custom event tech systems, including web, mobile, and communications platforms.
  • Securing a $500K+ annual budget through grants, sponsorships, merchandise sales, and registration fees.
  • Building strong partnerships with major industry players, including EA Sports, Full Sail University, and the City of Orlando.
Conference Director
Digital OrlandoMarch 2014 - December 2020

As the Conference Director for Digital Orlando, I was instrumental in creating and directing the region's premier annual innovation and emerging tech leadership conference. With 700+ attendees and 100 speakers, Digital Orlando brought together leaders from across Orlando's $20+ billion technology sector to explore the impact of technology and innovation on the region's culture, companies, and community. 

My key responsibilities included:

  • Conceptualizing and directing the annual Digital Orlando conference.
  • Designing a comprehensive program centered around an annual theme, with input from key stakeholders in the tech ecosystem.
  • Securing the participation of top-level speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and community partnerships.
  • Overseeing all creative, digital marketing, and media relations efforts to promote the conference and drive attendance.
Event Consultant, Producer, Program Director
FreelanceJanuary 2018 - Present

I offer expert event consulting, conference production, and program management services for immersive tech, esports, video game, and emerging technology industries.

Specializing in a comprehensive range of event management services, including venue selection, conference logistics, speaker recruitment, program development, contract negotiation, web design, branding, digital marketing, and strategic partnerships. My goal is to help organizations create successful and memorable events that meet their specific goals and objectives.

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
Founding 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.

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!

  • 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
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