David McBride, Executive Director, Thames River Innovation Place

David McBride’s diverse experience in business, with fast casual food startups, and non-profit work make him ideal to helm this innovative partnership. David worked with Mohegan Sun since his completion of the MBA program at the University of CT. He began in the Casino, then transferred to the Mohegan Tribe, where he held various positions. He became the Director of Finance and in 2008 the department head. In 2012 David was asked to assist with the Tribe's non-gaming business diversification efforts, which evolved into the Mohegan Holding Company. He focused on reviewing non-gaming business opportunities for the Tribe and was instrumental in securing three separate multi-unit franchise agreements to operate over fifty restaurants in New England. David was promoted to Vice President of Food & Beverage where he focused on developing and operating Smashburger and Jersey Mikes franchise restaurants. David’s non-profit work includes founding the James A. Greenleaf, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in his best friend’s memory who perished on 9-11 in the tragedy in NYC. The foundation provides over $50,000 annually in educational scholarships to local high students attending St. Bernard's, Waterford, New London, and Fitch High School. David also started a family business with the opening of the Waterford Crystal Mall Dairy Queen and has grown the business to include numerous Dairy Queens and other investments. David holds the elected office of Treasurer of Groton Long Point and for many years taught accounting and finance courses for the University of Phoenix.

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