David Faro

510 Plum Street 

Olympia WA, 98501



Phone: 360-89-1255

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Professional Info

International project manager with senior level hospitality, event, program and media development experience.


Successful at providing the vision, strategies and leadership required to grow the operational and programmatic capabilities of leading brands.


Focused capitalization of networks, liaisons and business connections, while negotiating/managing joint ventures and strategic partnerships with significant financial investments.


Excel at negotiating/planning/executing large-scale events, and programs while partnering with core business operations to increase an organization's footprint, expand market share, and generate sustainable revenue and gains.



Strategic Program Development | Policy Analysis | Organizational Design | Communications Planning | Media Production | Administration | Budget Forecasting | Performance Optimization | Team Building | Multi-Cite Operations | Event Planning


Strategic Planning



Team Building



Media Creation

Policy Analysis 

Public Speaking


Creative Thinking 

Work experience



  • Marketing and communications collaboration with organizations and business interests across multiple sectors.

  • Details of service can be explored at


Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation

Olympia WA

Director -   (2018- 2020)


  • The Washington Hospitality Association, founded in 1929, is a member-driven organization who represents the interests of more than 6,300-member businesses across the state of Washington. The hospitality sector is the largest private employer in Washington State, and we are proud to serve our members. The Education Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Association and was established to help the hospitality industry workforce succeed through a multitude of training programs. In addition, we are dedicated to assisting individuals garner employment in our industry through a wide variety of programs.

  • Develop and lead a team to advocate for the hospitality industry workforce,

  • Program management

  • Fundraising

  • Manage the day-to-day operations and the development efforts of the Foundation

  • Coordinating with the President of the Foundation board for successful engagement of the volunteer board members.

  • Create, manage and implement an integrated fund development program focused on donor cultivation and major gifts/sponsors in support of Foundation goals and priorities.


The Washington Hospitality Association 

Olympia WA

Senior Communications and Marketing Manager (2013- 2018)


  • Strategic planning and formulation of marketing and sales initiatives representing the interests of Washington state restaurants and hospitality organizations.

  • Forming key partnerships/joint ventures and working collaboratively with the business development, government affairs, and non-profit departments of the association in order to achieve results-based communications project execution.

  • Increase social media engagement for association media, programmatic marketing, and event promotion.

  • Program development

  • Communications planning and marketing for statewide workplace safety program including multiple private and public stakeholders.

  • Developed departmental digital media production system, which includes video production, live streaming, and in-house audio/video studio.

  • Coordination of association tradeshow presence.

  • Produced and hosted weekly radio broadcast featuring industry-specific content.

  • Created communications internship program and actively supervised all interns resulting in a substantial increase in cost-effective departmental productivity.

  • Creative design including non-linear video production, copywriting, editorial writing, and other communications projects.

  • Education Foundation Communications

  • Business Development Communications


Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill

Olympia WA

F&B Management (2008 to 2012)



  • Responsible for front of house management in the Olympia unit of Mad Anthony’s Corporation. Accountable for leadership, team building, P&L accounting, inventory, and personnel and facilities management.

  • Increased inventory efficiencies and management strategies showing a consistent annual decrease in budget variance and operational costs.

  • 135% increase in holiday gift certificate sales in one year through an employee incentive program.

  • Developed training and retention program for new hires with significantly decreased turnover over a two- year span.

  • Coordinated and executed multiple large-scale fundraising events for local non-profit organizations, including state-level functions.

  • Coordinated and managed fast-paced high-end dining room with annual sales of six figures. A regular meeting place for the political and business leaders in the state.


The World of Residensea 

Miami FL

Enrichment Manager (2002 to 2007)



  • Senior Manager on board a five-star luxury-floating vessel.

  • Primary responsibilities included the oversight of the onboard staff and facilities that defined the entertainment, educational and expeditionary departments onboard MV The World.

  • International event coordination in partnership with some of the worlds leading hotels, resorts, international government agencies, and private estates.

  • Luxury bespoke onboard event and F&B management.

  • Maintenance and continual growth of an international network of leading academic, political and business leaders as a source for continuing education series worldwide.

  • The oversight of a developed sports and recreation program including equipment acquisition and event management with respected clubs worldwide. Expedition Leadership (2003 to 2007)

  • Special expedition management including the creation and implementation of extended expeditions to locations such as Antarctica, the remote Arctic, and South Pacific, South East Asia, Australia, and many other international locations. Broadcast Manager (2002 to 2005)

  • Worldwide academic and entertainment videography and live broadcast production.

  • Daily public speaking and television anchor duties.

  • The oversight of a twenty-channel television and broadcast station; including content, satellite, budgetary, permitting, and licensing concerns.

  • The oversight of and creation of marketing materials used to promote onboard events and expeditions, including state of the art digital print shop, full-time editorial staff, and departmental information coordination.

  • The oversight of on-location digital video productions in various remote destinations worldwide.

  • Master of Public Administration – Economics, Policy Analysis & Organizational Design
  • Bachelor of Arts - Media Theory & Production, Small Business Economics
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