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*Autographed by David Yates

David Yates

Former CEO - IRONMAN Group and Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Producer of Dolphin Tale movie franchise

Emmy Award winning Producer of NBC and ESPN IRONMAN shows

Let David help and inspire you with...

  • Personal Inspiration & Motivation:

    • Books: Read his multiple inspirational real-life books.   Books & Films

    • Coaching: Utilize David’s Personal Coaching techniques to change your life trajectory.   Life Coaching 

    • Films: Experience his moving movies and documentary.   Books & Films

  • Career Assistance:

    • Business Planning: David’s award winning strategic planning can turn your                                                       nonprofit or small company around or simply help you achieve greater success.  Consulting

    • Speaking: David is an energetic and inspirational speaker, virtually or in-person,                                                  that will motivate your team.    Speaking 

               About David – A Life of Building Hope.                     

From Ironman to Dolphin Tale  

 "David is someone who, in the midst of his unbelievably demanding schedule, makes time for every individual person in beautiful ways they’ll never forget." Cozi Zuehlsdorff – Actor (Dolphin Tale movies, Disney’s Mighty Med, Disney’s Freaky Friday - 2018) 

David Yates is the former CEO of both the IRONMAN Group (IRONMAN Triathlon Company) and Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of the Dolphin Tale movie franchise). IRONMAN is now a nearly billion-dollar international sports brand, and as the Executive VP and then CEO, David repositioned the IRONMAN brand and established a brand growth plan that exists to this day. 

David recently completed a 14-year tenure as CEO at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida. David assumed this position at a time when CMA was on the verge of insolvency, and created a vision, business model and an award-winning management team that has successfully resurrected CMA into a thriving global organization. When Winter the disabled dolphin came to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, David had the foresight to see her story of survival as an inspiration to others. He initiated a marketing and media plan that promoted the story worldwide and attracted the attention of animal lovers and individuals with life challenges, who would learn from her story. Winter’s story has been told in nearly all major national and international media outlets, including NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, BBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and thousands of others. Winter’s story has also been featured in magazines such as People, Reader’s Digest, Time, Women’s World, Scholastic, National Geographic Kids and too many others to recount. David’s unwavering vision has come to fruition and drawn an unparalleled amount of tourists to the Clearwater, Florida area to see Winter and learn more about her story and Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission. These initiatives and the increase in attendance have created a multi-billion dollar economic impact for hotels, restaurants and other attractions in the Clearwater Beach area and Statewide. 

Millions around the world have been brought life-changing inspiration by David’s work with IRONMAN and Winter the Dolphin. David has produced a documentary on Winter’s story and has helped produce six books about her. David is also Co-Producer/Executive Producer of the #1 box office hit Dolphin Tale and its sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, the Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment major motion pictures that star Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Highsmith and Austin Stowell. 

Yates also directed and wrote the documentary “Winter, the Dolphin That Can,” and directed the web series Rescue-Clearwater. Yates and his wife Joan reside in Palm Harbor, Florida and have four grown children. 

 

David's Big Purpose
 
David & Cerebral Palsy Warrior Mighty Miss Maya Tisdale

David & Cerebral Palsy Warrior Mighty Miss Maya Tisdale

David at Dolphin Rescue

David at Dolphin Rescue

David & Rio Woolf, UK - Amputee Warrior

David & Rio Woolf, UK - Amputee Warrior

David & Bernadette, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Overcomer

David & Bernadette, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Overcomer

Anni Emmert

Anni Emmert

Sea Turtle Release, Clearwater Beach

Sea Turtle Release, Clearwater Beach

David & Young Cancer Patient

David & Young Cancer Patient

David & Young Amputee

David & Young Amputee

David & Dolphin Tale Actors

David & Dolphin Tale Actors

David receiving award from former Florida Governor Rick Scott

David receiving award from former Florida Governor Rick Scott

David doing press interview

David doing press interview

David & Cozi Zuehlsdorff - Dolphin Tale and Disney star

David & Cozi Zuehlsdorff - Dolphin Tale and Disney star

David & Meghan Schmidt - Visually impaired Overcomer

David & Meghan Schmidt - Visually impaired Overcomer

David & Winter Super Fan

David & Winter Super Fan

David & Young Amputee and Family

David & Young Amputee and Family

David Speaking at Pakistan Church

David Speaking at Pakistan Church

David & Teen Amputee

David & Teen Amputee

David & Medically Challenged Teen

David & Medically Challenged Teen

David & Winter Fan

David & Winter Fan

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AWARDS/RECOGNITION
 
AWARDS
  • 3 Sports Emmy Awards – Ironman NBC Shows

  • 3 International Monitor Awards – Ironman NBC Shows

  • Governor’s Business Ambassador Award (Florida)

AWARDS
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal Nonprofit of the Year

  • Tampa Bay Business Journal Top Management Team

  • Achievement Award – Florida Motion Picture & Television Association 

  • Legends Award - Film Florida

AWARDS
  • Tourism Person of the Year – Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Tourism Person of the Year – Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce

  • Nonprofit National Turnaround Award – Turnaround Management Association

  • Distinguished Alumni Award _ University of Nebraska - Omaha

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SPEAKING TOPICS - Virtual and In-person
 
SPEAKING

David Yates has been engaging and inspiring audiences for many years, beginning during his Ironman CEO days, speaking at a diversity of occasions from press conferences to 4,000 person Ironman banquets. During that time and since, Yates has been interviewed for hundreds of media interviews. With his unique life story, including his troubled upbringing by a schizophrenic mother followed by a life that rose to global business success, Yates has developed an ability to captivate audiences on a wide variety of topics. 

General Motivation / Inspiration

(Telling the Winter, Dolphin Tale, CMA stories,etc.)

Business Topics   Click for examples

How to overcome disabilties in life

Faith-based issues Click for examples

Conservation Issues

Ministry Background Click to read

Testimonial

"We had the opportunity to have David speak to about 250 attorneys at our annual convention for the Real Property Probate and Trust Section of the Florida Bar. He did an excellent job speaking about Clearwater Marine Aquarium and its mission. Most importantly he conveyed his hope and inspiration through his enthusiasm and passion for what he believes. The first time I have seen certain attorneys moved to tears for the inspiration and hope that David provides at CMA for children and adults with all kinds of disabilities through the connection with CMA’s animals. As chair of that convention meeting, I received many accolades for David as the keynote speaker."

Linda Suzzanne Griffin, J.D., LL.M.

Fellow- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Florida Board Certified- Wills, Trusts & Estates and Taxation

Griffin & Van Pelt, P.A.

Clearwater, Florida

David's Speeches: 

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David  Speaking at CBMC Luncheon
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Angels Against Abuse
Congress
Florida Bar
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