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David McDonald

Author, Saving America's Cities

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 David McDonald Biography

David McDonald has observed firsthand the exodus out of hundreds of cities, many over a period of several decades. He observed what cities did to try and regain their lost "vibrance." Time after time, they made virtually the same mistakes and almost never seemed to win. Understanding the true nature of the exodus is critical to understanding the solution – and there is a solution. Several stellar cities did the right things to save themselves – mostly by accident. Yet every single time, when cities did these key things right thing, it worked... Always!

Of his book, Saving America's Cities: A Tried and Proven Plan to Revive Stagnant and Decaying Cities, McDonald says, "This book gives you a very straightforward and mechanical approach to actually begin the process of saving your cities. It provides a true vision for growth in most of our stagnant and decaying cities –and even for our healthy ones."

Over the past 38 years, McDonald has founded two retail chains and co-founded two additional chains. His third chain, Fashion Accents, was sold to F. W. Woolworth in 1989 to be merged into their "Afterthoughts" Division. He has been Director of Development for one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the nation, and has directed the strategic growth initiatives of 13 retail chains, including Elder-Beerman Department Stores, dress shops, shoe stores, entertainment venues, and specialty food operations. He has worked in and analyzed hundreds of towns and cities all over the US.

Additionally, McDonald has managed a high-rise office building in downtown Charlotte, has managed and leased shopping malls and strip shopping centers, and has been in commercial lending and appraising. He is a demographic expert, having created his own demographic reports for 29 years, and has 9,600 pages of demographics in his office that he has worked with for almost three decades. He is a commercial pilot, and in the mid 1970s, the retailers he represented were so intent on moving their retail operations rapidly out of towns and cities and into the suburbs, that he would fly the country looking at "rooftops" to determine where to locate new and relocated stores.

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  • Saving America's Cities: A Tried and Proven Plan to Revive Stagnant and Decaying Cities

    In this riveting keynote speech, David McDonald will not only walk you through the true history of errors, but uncover how several cities have been rejuvenated and how their lessons can be applied effectively elsewhere. First, he looks at what really took retail, entertainment, and businesses out of many of our cities, examining the nature of the mistakes made. He will then walk you through the cities that have begun to regain their vibrance – how they did it and why it worked. You will learn the methodical and systematic way that you can begin the process of saving your own cities. With customized statistics for the cities in your region, McDonald can provide the perfect roadmap for the future.

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    Booking fees for David McDonald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David McDonald, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David McDonald for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David McDonald for your next private or corporate function.
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David McDonald

Author, Saving America's Cities

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David McDonald Biography

David McDonald has observed firsthand the exodus out of hundreds of cities, many over a period of several decades. He observed what cities did to try and regain their lost "vibrance." Time after time, they made virtually the same mistakes and almost never seemed to win. Understanding the true nature of the exodus is critical to understanding the solution – and there is a solution. Several stellar cities did the right things to save themselves – mostly by accident. Yet every single time, when cities did these key things right thing, it worked... Always!

Of his book, Saving America's Cities: A Tried and Proven Plan to Revive Stagnant and Decaying Cities, McDonald says, "This book gives you a very straightforward and mechanical approach to actually begin the process of saving your cities. It provides a true vision for growth in most of our stagnant and decaying cities –and even for our healthy ones."

Over the past 38 years, McDonald has founded two retail chains and co-founded two additional chains. His third chain, Fashion Accents, was sold to F. W. Woolworth in 1989 to be merged into their "Afterthoughts" Division. He has been Director of Development for one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the nation, and has directed the strategic growth initiatives of 13 retail chains, including Elder-Beerman Department Stores, dress shops, shoe stores, entertainment venues, and specialty food operations. He has worked in and analyzed hundreds of towns and cities all over the US.

Additionally, McDonald has managed a high-rise office building in downtown Charlotte, has managed and leased shopping malls and strip shopping centers, and has been in commercial lending and appraising. He is a demographic expert, having created his own demographic reports for 29 years, and has 9,600 pages of demographics in his office that he has worked with for almost three decades. He is a commercial pilot, and in the mid 1970s, the retailers he represented were so intent on moving their retail operations rapidly out of towns and cities and into the suburbs, that he would fly the country looking at "rooftops" to determine where to locate new and relocated stores.

David McDonald Speaking Topics

  • Saving America's Cities: A Tried and Proven Plan to Revive Stagnant and Decaying Cities

    In this riveting keynote speech, David McDonald will not only walk you through the true history of errors, but uncover how several cities have been rejuvenated and how their lessons can be applied effectively elsewhere. First, he looks at what really took retail, entertainment, and businesses out of many of our cities, examining the nature of the mistakes made. He will then walk you through the cities that have begun to regain their vibrance – how they did it and why it worked. You will learn the methodical and systematic way that you can begin the process of saving your own cities. With customized statistics for the cities in your region, McDonald can provide the perfect roadmap for the future.

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  • How to book David McDonald?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David McDonald for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for David McDonald, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David McDonald or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David McDonald?

    Booking fees for David McDonald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David McDonald, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David McDonald?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David McDonald for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David McDonald for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David McDonald or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David McDonald or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David McDonald is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David McDonald for your event is available upon request. David McDonald generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Howard Gardner, Hugh Evans, Muhammad Yunus, George P. Bush and Wes Moore. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David McDonald for an upcoming event.

David McDonald Speaking Topics

  • Saving America's Cities: A Tried and Proven Plan to Revive Stagnant and Decaying Cities

    In this riveting keynote speech, David McDonald will not only walk you through the true history of errors, but uncover how several cities have been rejuvenated and how their lessons can be applied effectively elsewhere. First, he looks at what really took retail, entertainment, and businesses out of many of our cities, examining the nature of the mistakes made. He will then walk you through the cities that have begun to regain their vibrance – how they did it and why it worked. You will learn the methodical and systematic way that you can begin the process of saving your own cities. With customized statistics for the cities in your region, McDonald can provide the perfect roadmap for the future.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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