Equal parts educator, facilitator, and instigator, David has devoted his professional life to helping people make things better. He founded Faster Glass in 2010 as a way to combine his passion for sharing the principles of innovation and design, his impatience with blindly accepting the status quo, and his quest to find the perfect root beer float. (Travel has its perks!)
David spent six years at Bank of America where he developed and led programs focused on integrating the principles of innovation into a Six Sigma culture. He also served as a subject matter expert “on loan” to China Construction Bank as they built their new product innovation lab. Prior to his time in financial services, David served in a wide range of capacities in public accounting, public education, and the U.S. Air Force.
David draws on his diversity of experience to approach situations from different perspectives and to enable others to do the same. Based in Charlotte, David also enjoys being a husband, father, photographer, musician, and mountain biker, even as he is often reminded of his amateur status in all five endeavors.
David earned a B.S in Education (cum laude) from Louisiana Tech University.
Little Known Fact
David once danced with football legend Johnny Unitas. True story!
Building businesses is in Dan’s DNA. The people who know him best would say, “If he’s figured it out and everything is running smoothly, chances are you’re less than six months from a change.” It’s this passion for constant positive change which makes him such a great fit with the Faster Glass team.
Dan’s breadth and depth of experience make for a substantial toolkit he brings to every engagement. He is a skilled facilitator who designs educational experiences which drive performance. As a business strategist, Dan has helped organizations large and small, both for-profit and non-profit, grow and succeed. His professional career spans PwC, Bank of America (in both Marketing and Technology), and two of his own businesses in Real Estate and Sales Leadership Training. In his last position at a custom learning and development company, he guided a team which served over 130 companies globally by crafting results-focused training solutions.
Dan’s true strength comes in his ability to help his clients establish a shared vision of what they are trying to accomplish. He then works with them to architect plans to execute on the vision. Dan’s aptitude for creative problem solving and connecting seemingly unrelated dots, combined with an infectious air of “joy in the challenge,” has earned him the reputation of a person who does serious work but doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Dan earned a B.S. in Mass Media Communications from George Mason University and considers himself a native of Charlotte simply due to the fact he’s been here since Independence Blvd. was a two-lane road. He lives with his wife of 20 years, Blair, and their two children, Mason and Sophia.
Little Known Fact
Dan lived in 16 different states and 3 countries before the age of 18. (Just one of the perks of being one of five sons of a U.S. Marine Corps officer!)
Innovation Strategist + Maker
A passionate, innovative strategist and designer with a lot of moxie – Charlotte is a hybrid of business and creative. Her unique left/right brain mindset stems from her education (Design and MBA degrees), track record of growing brands, and graphic design expertise. Charlotte thrives in applying strategic thinking and creative execution to facilitate innovation, drive business development, solve complex problems, and create informed, impactful design.
Charlotte began her career with the launch of a major entrepreneurial venture: Olly Oxen, a collegiate apparel and accessories company. Much of her design work, marketing, and business strategy can be seen through Olly Oxen. What started out as a solo venture became a successful family business as her two older brothers joined her over the years.
Charlotte earned her formal education in design at the College of Design at NC State University. Furthering her business & entrepreneurial acumen, Charlotte obtained an MBA in Marketing from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School (2017).
Little Known Fact
Charlotte sold $97 in Viagra ballpoint pens when she was in the 6th grade. Oh and she is also a killer welder.
As a perpetual big thinker, problem solver, and meaning-maker, Kristy takes sparks of ideas and helps people and organizations bring them to life. She is an avid believer that great organizations are ones that fully align values, people, strategy, and culture. Always an educator at heart, she loves to facilitate and engage in knowledge sharing that never fails to make all ideas stronger and better. Most of all, she strives every day to be an energy giver that helps breathe new life into “this is the way we have always done it.”
Before joining Faster Glass, Kristy led the creation and collective planning process for the statewide cross-sector education initiative, myFutureNC, served as the inaugural executive director of the John M. Belk Endowment with a strategic vision toward systemic change in postsecondary education and shaped the national education to workforce philanthropic portfolio for The Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Kristy does not look at what she does as only a “day job,” but also channels her leadership and strategic thinking know-hows into her community board roles at Leadership North Carolina, YWCA of Central Carolinas, and North Carolina State University’s School of Education Advisory Board.
Kristy earned a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management (Summa Cum Laude) from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and an undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University in English Education. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and two fur babies, never far away from her sweet daddy, and is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University.
Little Known Fact
As a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid, Kristy is grateful that social media was not a thing back in the day . . . it keeps people guessing about her childhood status as a PK angel or PK hellion.