Following a 16-year career in national and international advertising in New York and Chicago, Dave and his wife, Kate, founded Riddell, Sollitt and Partners in Jackson in 2000. The advertising agency served outdoor recreation and tourism and community clients including Yakima, Marmot, Simms Fly Fishing and Maxim Climbing as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company, the Rusty Parrot and the Community Foundation.
In 2004, Dave also founded the Cathedral Group, a 501(c)(3) consulting organization, based in Jackson, that worked with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and other organizations. Dave went on to work as executive director of The International Ecotourism Society, (TIES), in Washington, DC. His recent consulting work has included private sector clients as well as the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, a non-profit based in Zimbabwe that works in several countries in Southern Africa.
Dave’s approach to conservation is to communicate clearly and effectively, to build strong teams and to partner with elected officials, advocates, developers and others in the interests of protecting wildlife, wild lands and, in Jackson, our community’s unique character.
Dave is especially proud of the success the Alliance has had protecting wildlife with its grassroots campaign to secure $10 million for wildlife crossings, supporting an Earthjustice campaign to protect critical wolverine habitat, and, running its Conservation Leadership Institute (CLI), from which he graduated in 2016. That program has trained more than 180 community members to become conservation-focused activists.
In addition to his ASU degree in Environmental Science, Dave also holds a MS Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School. Dave and Kate have three children. In his spare time, he spends time skiing, hiking, camping, fly fishing and racing sailboats when he can catch a ride.