· Bachelor of Engineering, YSU 1978
· MBA, Accounting & Finance, YSU 1984
· PhD. Public Administration, MU (on-line) 2005
· Licensed in Engineering and Surveying - Ohio
· Class III License in Water & Wastewater - Ohio (retired)
· Trumbull Co. Engineer and Niles City Eng over 25 years
· VP Eng & Development for national developer over 20 yrs
· Consulting engineer & surveyor over 35 years
· Successfully completed nearly $1 Billion in projects
David DeChristofaro graduated from Niles McKinley High School in Niles, Ohio in 1974. After high school, he attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio his freshman year where he was on the Dean’s List, and then transferred to Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, Ohio, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in 1978, with a major in civil engineering. While studying engineering at YSU, he worked in the City of Niles (Ohio) Engineering Department from 1976 to 1978. Shortly after graduation from YSU, he was appointed to the position of Niles City Engineer in 1978. As City Engineer, David managed six (6) employees in the engineering department and nine (9) employees in the wastewater collection department; and annual budget responsibilities of over $600,000.
In 1982 David received his license as a Professional Engineer in Ohio. While working as City Engineer, he studied part-time at YSU where he received his MBA degree summa cum laude in 1983, with a major in finance and accounting. In 1983 he also received his Class III Operator’s License in Wastewater Works. In 1984 he received his Class III Operator’s License in Water Supply, and his Class II Operator’s License in Water Distribution Systems, as well as his license as a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. During this time, David also worked part-time with several professional surveyors in order to prepare for obtaining his license in surveying.
In 1983 David started a small part-time private practice in engineering, where he began by serving the structural steel fabricating industry, preparing shop drawings for the fabrication and erection of steel structures. At the same time, he continued to work part-time with several professional surveyors on residential boundary surveys. He did this until 1986, when he and a partner formed a private gas and oil development and production company.
In 1986 David left his position as City Engineer and accepted a position with the Cafaro Company in Youngstown, Ohio, where he started as a Development Engineer, working on the engineering and development of malls and shopping centers across the country.
While with the Cafaro Company, David continued to work in his part-time private engineering practice, as well as his prospering gas and oil development business. He managed to continue this pace until 1990, when he decided to resign from his position as company President and Treasurer with his gas and oil development company and sell his stock in the company in order to refocus on his goals as an engineer. He still today, however, remains a Joint Venture member in many gas and oil wells.
David received his License as a Professional Surveyor in Ohio in 1993. In the same year, he was promoted to the position of Director of Development Engineering for the Cafaro Company, with responsibilities for site engineering and development for all Cafaro developments across the United States. In this position David worked directly with the Company President and Executive Vice-President, as well as many Cafaro Company department heads, including architecture, construction, real estate, legal, operations, marketing, etc.
While still with the Cafaro Company, David was retained by the City of Niles in 1995 to serve part-time as City Engineer. During this time, David continued to maintain his private practice in engineering; designing many residential developments throughout Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties in Northeast Ohio. While serving part-time as City Engineer, David played a significant role in many major infrastructure improvements to the city’s roads, storm sewer and drainage systems, and sanitary sewer system.
In 1998, David was appointed as Vice-President of Development for the Cafaro Company; and in 2002, his position was expanded to Vice-President of Engineering and Development. Over the years, David has worked on projects for the Cafaro Company totaling in excess of $500 Million, and over $150 Million in related public highway and infrastructure improvements, in eleven (11) states across the country.
In 2005 David completed his degree requirements and graduated summa cum laude from Madison University (on-line degree) with a PhD in Public Administration.
In January 2009 David retired from the Cafaro Company; and from January 2009 through July 2011 he served as Trumbull County Engineer in Ohio. While serving as county engineer, David managed a budget of over $9 million, and supervised a staff of sixty (60) employees, without one grievance during his tenure. While serving as County Engineer David decreased the payroll costs of the engineer’s office by over $700,000 a year and increased project funding by over four hundred percent. In 2009 David was recognized in an email by the Chamber of Commerce VP of Government Affairs as being “head and shoulders above other officeholders in the Valley in providing leadership to move this community forward and to foster local government collaboration and service sharing.”
After leaving his position as county engineer in July 2011, David accepted positions with large regional engineering consulting companies as an Associate/Practice Leader and Project Manager from 2012 thru 2015, first with KCI and then Thrasher, while today he continues his private practice. David’s expertise in the municipal engineering field spans over a quarter century, and his experience in the real estate development industry and energy development industry each span over thirty (30) years as well. David currently owns nine (9) US patents and one (1) patent pending.
Over his many years in both the private sector and public sector, David was involved is securing many grants for public infrastructure projects. He also played a role in the economic development of those communities where he developed real estate.
David’s management style of working with people in building consensus, collaboration, inclusiveness, and equality has proven to be an important part of his success over his forty year career that began in 1978.
David is a Past President of the Niles Rotary Club, and was honored as Rotarian of the Year in District 665 during the year of his presidency in 1984. David was also awarded the honor of the Paul Harris Fellow International Award by Rotary for his service to Rotary.
David's experience with local governments in 11 states across the US, working with city and county administrators, city and county councils, county commissioners, city and county planning commissions, township trustees, zoning commissions, zoning boards, and more, has provided him with a vast knowledge of the workings of government at many levels.
David also has nearly 25 years of personal experience working as a county engineer and city engineer in Trumbull County, Ohio, providing him with personal experience of the needs of local government.