David W. Hayes
Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University
- Asheville, North Carolina, US
An exceptional entrepreneur, instructor, and innovator with an extraordinary record in business creation and corporate endeavors, an advanced educational background, and proven dynamic leadership, collegiate instruction, and lecturing capabilities.
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Well-respected and innovative faculty member of the College of Business.
“Hands down the best professor l've ever had.”
“Teacher is really good, best class l've taken so far at Western.”
“The way it is taught teaches us the textbook facts about entrepreneurship, but also uses hands-on experience and real life examples.”
“I like how Professor Hayes involves the class for most of the class sessions. lt helps keep me focused on the material.”
“Very enthusiastic about his work and I can tell that he loves what he does.”
"Always very prepared and willing to work with students. Doesn't take himself too seriously all the time and creates a wonderful learning environment."
Responsible for conception and implementation of programs for entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity.
Actively involved in the UNF Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program (now ENACTUS, www.enactususa.com) for more than 11 years.
Highly ranked adjunct faculty member of the Coggin College of Business at UNF.
“Different, better style of teaching.”
“Expert in business, an exciting teacher.”
“First class I have taken in my college career that I feel has honestly put me on track with my major.”
Utilized professional expertise to benefit Western Carolina University. Performed research and activity in two areas: entrepreneurial startups and entrepreneurial leadership.
Advisor to approximately 50 Western Carolina University entrepreneurship students.
“An advocate is someone who you know has your best interest in mind and someone who cares deeply about your success in and out of the classroom, someone you can count on to give you sound advice and someone you know will be in your corner.”
– Criteria given to students when voting for a faculty member
Community engagement/consulting with external entities to support organizational effectiveness, economic development, and social responsibility.
Business lncubator Project, Asheville, NC
April 2015 - Present
Program provides entrepreneurial expertise to local startups to help spur economic growth in the region. Provided over 150 hours of service to date.
Asheville Cottage Initiative, Asheville, NC
June 2013 – December 2015
Advisory group focused on community-based efforts designed to increase the quality and standard of living within the Asheville urban core. Only available affordably priced housing initiative in urban core. Over 180 hours devoted to the project.
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA)
Student Social Responsibility Project, Asheville, NC
October 2014 – April 2015
Mentored student team on social entrepreneurship project designed to reduce sexual assault on college campuses. Team won UNCA competition and 2015 University of North Carolina State System competition. Contributed over 120 hours to the effort.
Consultant, Sports Technologies Concussion Mitigation Project, Jacksonville, FL
January 2012 – December 2014
Responsible for startup operational and funding business strategies for Sports Technologies LLC, a research and development startup that has created innovative, patented helmet technologies for the dissipation of collision impact energy to prevent or mitigate human trauma, such as brain concussions. Provided over 300 hours to the effort.
Provided expertise and mentorship to entrepreneurs in turning concepts and ideas into profitable business endeavors.
Active advisory and operational role.
Responsible for initial development and growth of e-based healthcare commerce company (www.patientplacement.com).
Served as Executive Director of Outpatient Services for Baptist Health, Jacksonville, FL (1990-1991). Responsible for strategic planning at Memorial Health System, Jacksonville, FL (August 1986-1990). Began career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida as a Management Consultant (1984–1986).
Numerous presentations to organizations and universities. Lectures and hands-on sessions for innovation and creativity, future educational and career trends, entrepreneurship, and business ethics. Examples include:
Graduated with honors
Industrial and Operations Management
Encompass Software: Getting Started, the First Months, and Fueling Growth
Reports, recognitions, student experiential learning, and private sector announcements.