The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2014-2015 year. Led by John Peruzzi MBA '88, Chair, and Cari Coats MBA '03, Vice Chair, the council meets twice each year.
David Arias is the President and part owner of Swimways Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of recreational consumer products based in Virginia Beach, VA. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company, creating a work environment that promotes success and commitment, and controlling the finances to maintain and increase profits. Prior to becoming President, David was responsible for all aspects of product development, pricing and promotion, and also directed the creative staff, outside sales force and internal sales support.
David is very involved in numerous activities within the non-profit arena and is committed to serving those in the local community. He is an active Board member of the United Way of Hampton Roads and former Chairman of the Tocqueville Society. During his tenure, he increased public and business awareness of the organization along with generating new pledges and funds. David is a Board Member of the Virginia Aquarium and a member of their Marketing Committee. He is a Corporate Board Member of Heritage Bank in Norfolk, VA and also sits on the Audit Committee. He is a board member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Hampton Roads Civic Leadership Council. Professionally, he is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and the Toy Industry Association. David is most proud that Swimways was named the 2011 Best Small Business to work for in Hampton Roads Inside Business Magazine and the winner of Operation Smile's humanitarian company of the year.
David holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Hampden-Sydney College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is happily married to Valerie, a Duke alumna, and has three children: Megan, a senior at Duke University, Jason, a freshman at Vanderbilt University and Carly, a sophomore at Norfolk Academy. David and his family enjoy residing in his hometown of beautiful Virginia Beach.
Dave is the Founder and CEO of Coheezion, and is responsible for the global strategy and operations to deliver leading visual analytics and decision sciences to the market. Dave has over 20 years' experience developing and leading strategic, business development and marketing activities for global enterprise software and services organizations.
Prior to Coheezion, Dave served as the Senior Director, Marketing at Voltage Security, where he led corporate marketing, strategy, and global programs. Prior to Voltage, Dave had senior management roles at McAfee, SAP, ArcSight, and VeriSign, where he was responsible for marketing, corporate development, communications and operational governance strategy.
Dave received his MBA from Duke University, where he specialized in international strategy and management, and received his BA from Whittier College, with an emphasis in international management and economics.
He has been published in multiple industry and technical journals, and is a frequent speaker on risk management, corporate governance, security, and strategy.