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Musings on the Purpose of Work, Economics, and Vocations

About Me

David Cusimano’s career has included starting and running small businesses, aeronautical engineering, mergers and acquisitions and management consulting. He is the founder of Gulf Coast Aviation LLC (Flight School), Gulf Coast Aviation Charter LLC and Emerge Dynamics Active Management Consulting, co-founder of Day Flier, Inc. and a minority partner and/or advisor to a few other small businesses. His most recent consulting engagement is as CFO of a 600-employee portfolio of companies.  He has taught courses in economics at both Delgado Community College and Tulane University and currently teaches Mergers and Acquisitions at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

David’s diverse background is tied together by a unifying theme of identifying opportunities where others see problems and wrapping strategies of success around them. He specializes in purpose-driven strategic planning, customer experience management, merger and acquisition strategy, and financial modeling and analysis.

David has earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance and international business from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. He is a Certified Turnaround Analyst (CTA) and Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA).


David’s charitable work includes fighting poverty through business with Partners Worldwide on projects in Nicaragua and Uganda.


In the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program he facilitates the finance and accounting modules at both Delgado Community College in New Orleans and Babson College in Boston.

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