A seasoned and savvy strategic thinker and implementer, David has nearly two decades of experience and a reputation as “the solution” his repeat clients turn to when they need to solve a complex problem, identify a bold strategy, or implement the (near) impossible.
Born in the Pacific Northwest, David attended from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA earning a degree in Political Science with emphasis in public policy and administration. He graduated Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society).
David started his career as a lobbyist for the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties tackling growth management policy and local planning concerns in many of Washington State’s fastest growing communities. Then as vice president of a growing national real estate developer, he managed the company’s complex land use entitlements and public relations, pioneering a ‘political due diligence’ process for evaluating and mitigating local political, public opinion and regulatory risks on mega-projects in several states around the U.S.
In 2007, David founded the predecessor to Toyer Strategic Consulting, serving public and private sector clients across the Pacific Northwest. Two early successes were saving Willis Hall Winery from closure and guiding the Lake Stevens School District through a realignment of elementary school enrollment boundaries.
In 2009, the City of Webster City, Iowa contracted Toyer to lead the 8,000-person community’s response to the closure of two Electrolux facilities and loss of over 1,000 jobs. Spearheading the creation of an economic development recovery plan for the city, Toyer helped the City identify their economic development assets (buildings, land, utilities, etc.), complete a targeted industry analysis, modify industrial electric rates, negotiate the acquisition of real estate assets from Electrolux, and support the expansion of several existing businesses.
Toyer’s three-year project for Webster City further resulted in sweeping code changes that encouraged home based businesses as a first step to entrepreneurism, eliminated barriers to new housing, addressed chronic nuisance properties, and ensured vacant industrial buildings complied with maintenance and physical security plans.
Most recently, David served three years as the Director of Economic Development for the Greater Burlington Partnership in Burlington, Iowa. His leadership led to the creation of over 700 new primary jobs and a quarter of a billion in new private capital investment, gaining recognition for Greater Burlington as the first city be ranked in back-to-back years as Site Selection Magazine’s #1 Metro on the Mississippi for economic momentum and the #1 Metro in the U.S. for Purchasing Power (SmartAsset).
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David is married with three kids. He is a die-hard SEAHAWKS fan (Go 12s!) and his company’s casual Fridays get replaced by Blue Fridays during football season. David also enjoys fishing, kayaking, golfing and tennis.