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2015 – 2017
Shareholder and Managing Director at Explorado Development GmbH

Explorado Development GmbH is a development and advisory firm for leisure, live-entertainment and edutainment projects with long-term experience resulting from more than 1,000 national and international projects that have been managed by team members and stakeholders during the last 26 years. Area of expertise: Visitor attractions, theme parks, theatre, musicals, science center, exhibitions, shows, concerts, brand-lands, museums, zoos. Service portfolio: concept and feasibility studies, concept and location development, consulting in operational issues, project management.

2008 – 2013
Managing Director Germany at Stage Entertainment

General responsibility for all areas of Stage Entertainment Germany: Responsible producer for 25 musical productions in 5 years with an investment volume between 5 and 20M€ each. Creative development of new musicals like "Rocky" and "Hinterm Horizont". Operational responsibility for 10 Musical theatre with more than 15.000 seats, the German head office in Hamburg, one new Musical theatre in Hamburg under construction and the "Joop van den Ende Academy" which is providing a 3 year full time education in a state controlled program to educate professional Musical actors. Stage Entertainment Germany is generating with approx. 1.700 employees a total annual turnover of approx. 300M€.

1996 – 2008
Development Director & Member of the Board at  Merlin Entertainments Group

Site-search, develop and manage visitor attractions with the brands "Sea Life Centre", "Dungeon", "Legoland Discovery Centre", "Madame Tussauds" and many others. Market research, site search, potential analysis, contractual negotiations in all site and attraction related issues, overlooking of building works, team recruitment, staff training, pre-opening PR and marketing, opening and handover to the operational units. This was the job for all of the upper mentioned brands. After starting in Germany, I was made responsible for Europe and later for the global new site search.

1993 – 1996
Director of Sales Germany at Enercon GmbH

Sales and distribution of wind turbines in the range of 80-500 kW. Responsible for 25 employees in 5 German sales offices being based in the international head quarter in Aurich. Annual turnover responsibility approx. 300 M DM.

Apr. 1992 – Jan. 1993

In a limited internship financed by the Commerzbank I supported the Managing Director of the "Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V." (a charitable NGO which is fighting against the extermination of the European otter) and the "Otterzentrum". The "Otterzentrum" is a visitor attraction respectively an educational nature park. The "Otterzentrum" is held by the "Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V."

David O'Hara, development Director and partner

David O'Hara, development Director and partner




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2015 - 2017
Development Director, EXPLORADO Development, Cologne, Germany

Oversaw new project development and acted as project manager on select projects, helped research team and drive new ideas. 
Fundraised for existing projects in the pipeline.

2008 - Present
SVP and Product Manager, WASHINGTON ANALYSIS, Washington, DC

Conduct and convert all investment research into actionable material, where possible, that positions the sales team to reach out to clients with ideas.

Provide investment research to the largest asset managers in the world, including Pension funds, Hedge Funds, and Mutual Funds. 
Build and/or expand business presence in Minneapolis, Kansas City, Connecticut, New York, and London. 

Aug 2007 - Aug 2008
Registered Client Service Associate, MORGAN STANLEY, Washington, DC

Supported three portfolio management teams in building new and existing client relationships, developing new business, and marketing products that fit a range of individual portfolio needs.

Oct 2006 - Aug 2007
Registered Account Administrator, WACHOVIA SECURITIES, Washington, DC

Researched equity opportunities for brokers and management. 

Assisted three brokers in daily client account transactions and trades.


B.A., CONCORDIA COLLEGE, Cum Laude, Moorhead, MN

Economics and Sociology Double Major