David C. Cole is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, organic farmer and celebrated advocate for sustainability. He grew up in Kailua, Hawai'i and graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The university honored him with the UH Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate degree.
Much of his professional life has been in the technology industry. When his company NaviSoft was acquired by America Online, Mr. Cole became an officer, working alongside former AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case. He is also the former owner of Sunnyside Farms in Virginia which became a recognized regional retailer and supplier of premium organic farm products.
In 2003, Mr. Cole was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. Under his direction, the company has been reinvesting in its three primary business divisions: agriculture, resort and community development while forging partnerships in sustainability initiatives. Two such partnerships are the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), started in 2004, and Hawaii BioEnergy LLC, an international consortium working toward renewable energy solutions for Hawaii.
Speech Titles / Topics
1. The Aloha Wealth Index--Measuring What Matters
2. Borrowed From Our Children- the Ethics & Economics of Conservation
3. IslandWisdom, Global Solutions
Past Organizations Addressed
"University of Hawaii Maui Community College Hawaii Chamb