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David Ackert

Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 13, 1968(age 48)
Place of birthLa Crosse, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationEntrepreneur, Business Development Expert, Speaker
Years active1995 present

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David Ackert is an entrepreneur and business development expert. He is the founder of The Ackert Advisory which has provided business development coaching and training for service firms since the late 90s.

David has written for and contributed to over a dozen articles in publications including the LA Times, The National Review, and the Daily Journal, and been quoted in several trade publications and business books. He has participated on numerous panels and often lectures on the topic of business development, effective communication, and time management. He also teaches strategic planning and marketing courses through UCLA Extension.

He is the founder and CEO of Practice Boomers, an e-learning program that teaches business development, the founder of the Growth Group, a chapter of Provisors, which caters to Los Angeles business professionals. He is a recipient of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40 Leadership Award.”

He blogs regularly for The Smartest Way to Get More Clients.

David’s avocational interests include fiction writing and theater. He has performed on stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has appeared in several episodes of television shows such as Bones, CSI: Miami, Monk, Six Feet Under and The West Wing as well as films such as This Is Not a Test, La Linea and Maryam.

He is a published science fiction author. His short stories, co-authored with Benjamin Rosenbaum, have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Realms of Fantasy.

In 1995, Ackert co-founded “Voices in Harmony” with Christian Murphy and Melissa Fitzgerald. The non-profit organization works with at-risk teens using theater to improve their self-esteem.

In 2000, Ackert and Fitzgerald produced “Listen,” a documentary about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse for the high-school audience.

In 2007, Ackert was one of the producers of “Voices of Uganda” a documentary that followed the Voices in Harmony program as it worked with war-torn teenagers in northern Uganda.

In February 2008, Ackert traveled to Washington, D.C. to with Resolve Uganda to lobby for peace in Northern Uganda on Capitol Hill.

He received a Masters in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and was awarded “Difference Maker” by his undergrad alma mater, Ithaca College, in the school’s recognition of alumni who have made a meaningful impact through community service initiatives.

Ackert currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

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