As a retired business executive and architect with more than two decades of experience, David Chirls spends much of his time giving back to his community and donating to charities around the world. Mr. Chirls and his wife support a number of organizations, including the Lingshed Area Development Foundation in Ladakh, India; the Joyce Theatre; the Storm King School; and the Windward School. Besides these entities, he helped to develop and remains active in the Catherine Chirls Fund, which is dedicated to sending inner-city school chirldren that play squash to camps in Europe each summer. Residing in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Mr. Chirls also supports local organizations such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and the Brooklyn Heights Association.In addition to his charitable pursuits, David Chirls is a Senior Advisor for social media start-up TwoSeed. Mr. Chirls helps to develop strategic plans for the company, which provides a unique software platform to firms in order to bolster their community initiatives and strengthen their employees’ drive and commitment to community service. He has been retired for nearly a decade, after working in the field of architecture. In 2000, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from the Pratt Institute in New York City.Before becoming an architect, David Chirls worked extensively in the field of business, serving at multiple firms for a period of 17 years. From 1989 to 1995, David Chirls oversaw his own company, Visual Design Group, Inc., as President. He led Visual Design Group to become one of the largest corporate communications firms in the United State in the early 1990s. Previously, Mr. Chirls pursued a successful career as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at MasterCard International. He developed several products, including the Pro Card, which remain common products in the credit card industry today. Prior to his role at MasterCard, Mr. Chirls served as Director of Information Management at American Express Company for two years. Before this role, he served as Assistant Vice President for the investment banking arm of American Express Company, Shearson/American Express Inc., from 1982 to 1983. As Assistant Vice President, he focused on developing the company’s first marketing team. Graduating with an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, David Chirls holds membership in the American Management Association, the American Institute of Architects, and the Direct Marketing Association.
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American Management Association, American Institute of Architects, Direct Mail Association, Catherine Chirls Fund
Jan 2011 - Present
2001 - 2002
Andrew Sheldon Architects, Inc.
Management, design and production of residential renovation projects. Client management, contractor selection and management and on-site construction management.
2000 - 2001
Maximillian Hayden Architects, Inc.
Concept, Design and Production of a variety of residential projects from new houses to renovations and additions. Primary relationship management with client and contractor. Also managed the business for this fast growing prestigious Architectural Firm.
1998 - 2000
DiDonno Associates Architects, Inc.
Design and Production of Drawings and Specifications for a variety of high-end renovation and new house projects. Scope of responsibilities ranged from schematic design to final production of construction documents. Projects included brownstones and country residences.
1989 - 1995
Visual Design Group, Inc.
Creator, shareholder and manager of one of the largest Corporate Communications companies in the U.S. Company services included corporate meetings and special events, training programs, multi-media, trade show support, video production, print and collateral and presentation support.
1985 - 1989
Vice President, Business Development and Marketing
Responsible for the development of all new products, services and marketing promotional programs. Created and implemented many of the programs that are standard in the industry today such as the BusinessCard, multi-cause related marketing, Purchase Insurance and the Procurement Card. Managed a staff of 25 with annual budgets in excess of $20 million.