David Arias received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his graduate degree in business administration from the University of Alabama. He is a certified public accountant, holds an Accredited in Business Valuation certification from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is active in a number of professional and civic organizations.
Arias recently joined First Coast No More Homeless Pets as the organization's new Chief Development Officer, raising funds to support their mission of providing affordable and accessible veterinary care in the greater Jacksonville, FL area.
Previously, Arias served as an executive director of several non-profit organizations, including Shelby Humane, Magic City Harvest and the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. He previously led his own business valuation and financial advisory firm, and provided fundraising and accounting support during eight years as a senior consultant with the American Red Cross.
Arias is president of the Birmingham Fencing Club, an Alabama nonprofit corporation dedicated to instruction and education in the sport of fencing. The Birmingham Fencing Club has approximately 80 students ranging in age from six to 96, providing an environment for both recreational fencers and many who have won medals at the World Cup, NCAA and NAC levels.
Arias recently began his second four-year term as treasurer on the USA Fencing Board of Directors and has been a member of the Audit, Ethics and Nominating Committees.