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David O'Neal
Richard Schmidt
Jimmy Ward

Academic Qualifications

B.S. Business Administration
Grand Valley State University

Professional Skills

Strategic planning

Professional Affiliations

Asia Pacific Exhibition and Convention Council
International Association of Assembly Managers
International Association of Exhibitions and Events
Professional Convention Management Association

David O’Neal   Principal | Executive Advisor
David O'NealMr. O’Neal is Chairman and co-founder of Conventional Wisdom Corp. As an advisor to designers, builders, and governmental owners, he has helped develop strategic implementation plans, operational design criteria, review management practices, policies, and procedures; and analyze facility markets. He has served as a strategic planning and programming consultant to the major convention centers in Boston, Dallas, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, and Seoul. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where he oversaw two expansion projects and developed the master plan for two additional expansion phases, bringing that facility to 1.1 million square feet of exhibition space.  

New Cleveland Convention Center
Cleveland, OH

Music City Convention Center
Nashville, TN

Qatar National Convention Centre Expansion
Doha Education City Qatar

Indiana Convention Center Expansion Indianapolis, IN

Phoenix Covention Center Expansions Phoenix, AZ

Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA

Dubai Jebel Ali Exhibition Centre
United Arab Emirates



Songdo Conventia Convention Center
Incheon, Korea

Doha Convention Center
Doha, Qatar

Puerto Rico Convention Center
San Juan, Puerto Rico

COEX World Trade Center Expansion
Seoul, Korea

Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center Tacoma, WA

Dallas Convention Center Expansion
Dallas, TX

Orange County Convention Center Expansions, Phases III and IV
Orlando, FL