David Trust

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Chief Executive Officer, PPA

Spend a few minutes with PPA’s CEO David Trust and you’ll begin to understand why the association has grown to be the powerhouse that it is. David joined PPA in 1998 as its first director of marketing. Just a little more than a year later, he was selected to take over the helm as CEO, and has since led PPA to unprecedented growth in every category, while improving customer value and experience year after year.  

For years, David has declared that, “Big business focuses entirely on brand, while small businesses ignore it – mostly because they don’t understand it.” In his presentation, David helps to de-mystify this critical component of any successful business by breaking down the components of brand building into easily understood pieces. He then reassembles those components by using real-world examples. Be forewarned: Creating a strong brand may not be what you think, which is why you’ll receive David’s 10 realities of brand building.  

David spent 11 years in television news as a reporter and anchor before making the transition into the marketing world. During his career, he has served as the director of marketing for the St. Louis Cardinals AAA baseball franchise and headed up St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s national corporate marketing department. He is a regular presence on Capitol Hill where he fights for the rights of photographers. In fact, he’s been called on to testify before Congress on multiple occasions. He is also a proponent for courageous leadership, and teaches leadership classes and seminars around the country. 

David's Courses

  • Bring Out Your Brand: Part 1

    Instructors: David Trust
    Video: It’s not just the customer; it’s not just your products; it’s not just your marketing. Your brand is all that…and more! It’s everything about your business, and it’s so easily misunderstood. But help is on the way.
  • Bring Out Your Brand: Part 2

    Instructors: David Trust
    Video: Are you ready to go deeper into the intricacies of branding and its impact on your business? This second part of our “Bring Out Your Brand” class is just what the doctor ordered! Here, you’ll explore the brand and value relationship, including how your brand determines your value and why you must understand what your customer needs from you (what value matters to them).
  • Creating a Successful Company Culture

    Instructors: David Trust
    Video: Have you ever worked for a company you hated? Or a company you loved? Do you remember why? In this class, instructor David Trust (PPA’s very own CEO) teaches you how to create your own company culture so that your employees love to work for YOU!
  • Managing Employees to Maximize Success

    Instructors: David Trust
    Video: You’ve got your own business; you’re the boss. Now what? Well, a good company has a good boss with loyal employees who love their jobs. So…how do you make sure all that happens? In this video class, PPA’s CEO David Trust teaches you how to manage employees so that everyone feels like part of a winning team and a successful business.
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