David Glickman joined the Board of Directors of The Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2013.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, David Glickman studied entrepreneurial management at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and then received a Masters in Psychology at UCLA.
Telecom: After college, Mr. Glickman moved to Buenos Aires to work for American Express in Marketing and Operations. While in Argentina, he discovered a way to reduce international calling costs by 75%. He started Justice Technology Corp, moved back to the USA, and in a few years, Justice became the fastest growing company in America, landing #1 on the INC 500 list. Following his success in telecom, he founded TelePacific and increased the value to over half a billion dollars in just 3 years. TelePacific is still the largest phone company based-in California. Mr. Glickman founded or co-founded many successful telecom companies including: Hometown Telecom, FreeConference.com, and most recently Ultra Mobile, the fastest growing nationwide wireless carrier.
Philanthropy: Mr. Glickman devotes the bulk of his days helping causes he is passionate about. He has led and/or served on the boards of The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the architectural committee for the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, The Dream Foundation, Food Partnership of the United Way & Young Presidents Organization, Los Angeles.
Fundraising/Chairing/Producing Events: While Chairman of the Hollywood Bowl opening night 2004, 2005 & 2006, Mr. Glickman founded the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and honored the top talent each opening night including: Garth Brooks, Carlos Santana, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Henry Mancini, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang and Josh Grobin. The multi-million dollar concept set unprecedented records for fundraising.
Save the World — Created an evening with the largest gathering of Nobel Peace Prize winners (Nobel Laureates) in Los Angeles, 2006. Guests were all presidents of large companies and chose which Laureate to dine with. Arch Bishop Desmund Tutu and the other Laureates engaged one-on-one encouraging each company president/spouse to engage in a way to change the world. Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research with Stevie Wonder & Jimmy Kimmel, May 2007.
Young Presidents Organization (YPO-WPO) — As Chairman of the Global EDGE, Mr. Glickman created the largest event in YPO's history which drew a sell-out of 3,200 presidents and spouses. Participants included: Bill Clinton, James Cameron, Robert Redford, Larry King, Magic Johnson, Ed Norton, Sheryl Sandberg and other top celebrities, rock stars and business luminaries.
Failed Miserably/Failed Spectacularly — Purchased the famed Cragar Wheel manufacturer, ceased operations three years later, yet salvaged the investment and produced a decent IRR through prudent real estate dispositions. Invested in a team of Hollywood actresses to create a social media site. Lost 100% of investment, yet cut losses early by having the discipline to stop-loss at a predetermined amount. Executive Produced an independent movie that went on to garner high acclaim at Sundance and other festivals, but never returned a dime.
David Glickman lives with his wife Paige, their four kids, three dogs, a dozen chickens in Topanga near Los Angeles, Ca.