2014 CC1 G(R) Greenspan, David

2014 CC1 Digital Dossier: Greenspan, David

Below you will find the biographical information compiled by our research team as well as Mr. Greenspan's response to our questionnaire.  Follow this link to our YouTube page to view his video.  

Biographical Information

I.          Personal Information

            A.        Name:                                                  Mr. David Greenspan, District 1 Council Person

            B.         DOB/Age on Election Day:                  49

            C.         Home Address:                                                31058 Durham Dr. Westlake, OH 44145

D.        Spouse/Significant Other:                    Mary Kim Elkins (wife)

            E.         Children:                                              3 children

            F.         Social/Civic/Club Affiliations:             

Kiwanis - Westlake (2012-present)                                                                                                      

Cleveland American Middle East Org. (2013 – present)                                                                              

Project Love ® Remember the Children Foundation, Board member (2014 – present)                                                                   

            G.        Professional Affiliations:         

The Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Community Relations Committee (2008 – present)                                                                                       

Glen’s Homeowners Association (Secretary 2008- 12)                                                                                    

Westlake Board of Zoning Appeals (2008 - 2010)                                                                              

Westlake Board of Zoning Appeals (Secretary – 2010)                                                                          

Clear Channel Communications Community Advisory Board (2013-present)

II.         Educational History     Troy University, Alabama (B.S., Accounting/Business Administration)

Awards and Recognition

•         2011 SAW, Inc. (Solutions at Work) - Cultivator Award

•         2011 – Proclamation Recipient – City of Westlake, Ohio

•         2012 – Proclamation Recipient– Olmsted Township Board of Trustees

•         2012 Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities – Partner for Progress       Award


III.       Employment History

 Green Elk Consulting, CEO (April 2008 – Present) Westlake, Ohio

Nine Iron Innovations, Inc. (DBA: Verishot Golf), CEO (August 2007 – April 200), Solon, Ohio

ExchangeBLVD, Inc., CFO/Executive Vice President (February 2001 – February 2007) Atlanta, Georgia

MyTurn, Inc., CFO (December 1997 – January 2001) Jacksonville Beach, Florida

PGA TOUR Radio Network, COO

January 1997 – November 1997 (11 months) Atlanta, Georgia

The PGA TOUR Radio Network is a national sports radio network with the exclusive radio rights to the PGA TOUR. The network has over 250 affiliates from coast to coast and broadcasts 20 TOUR events annually. In addition to the play-by-play coverage, the network also employs two other program formats, a one-hour weekly golf magazine show "Straight from the Tour" and "Weekend Leader Board Updates."
• Designed and developed all “off-course” operational protocols
• Assisted in the development

Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting 1996 (AOB), Project Manager - Broadcast Planning & Coordination

March 1994 – September 1996 (2 years 7 months) Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting was the host broadcaster for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. The company had the responsibility to produce an unbiased, “clean” television and radio signal for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
• Coordinated all Radio and Television broadcast operations
• Designed and Developed the first software program that captures all broadcast elements

City Councilman, City of Sandy Springs, Georgia (1995-1997)

Sandy Springs is Atlanta’s second largest city and Georgia’s seventh with a population of almost 100,000 residents.  As a founding member of the city, Dave was intimately involved in all aspects of starting a city from the ground up – from deliberating and voting all ordinances and land use plans to launching the City’s first Police and Fire Departments.  Two of Dave’s most notable accomplishments include working with the City Manager and Finance Director to help develop the City’s first Fund Balance Reserve Policy and to direct a strategic partnership with the Board of Education on a Recreation and Parks initiative that expanded the City’s parks program. 


Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Turner Sports, Inc.), Senior Production Accountant - Special Projects Unit

January 1991 – March 1994 (3 years 3 months) Atlanta, Georgia

Managed the financial reporting and budgetary operations for Turner Sports international and amateur sports properties.
• Oversaw the financial budgeting and reporting responsibilities for the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway
• Designed the budget program for Turner Sports, Inc. and implemented its use

Dohan\Simon\Friedman, C.P.A., P.A., Staff Accountant

June 1988 – May 1990 (2 years) Miami, Florida


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V.        Background Check

  1. Criminal Record

Cuyahoga County-None

Ohio Supreme Court-None

  1. Civil Litigation

Cuyahoga County court- None

Ohio Supreme Court- None

            C.         Bankruptcy-None found.

            D.        Ethical Issues-Nothing identified in media search.

V.        Campaign Information

            A.        Political Party:              Republican                                         

            B.         Campaign Address:      31058 Durham Drive, Westlake, OH 44145 (home)

C.         Campaign Officers/Participants:

“Friends of Dave Greenspan”

Mary Kim Elkins, Treasurer (wife) Contact Treasurer


  1. Prior Campaigns:

City Councilman, City of Sandy Springs, Georgia (1995-1997)

            E.         Campaign Endorsements/Affiliations:


Organizations, State, County and Municipal Endorsements

Republican Party of Cuyahoga County
The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 25
Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO)


Cleveland American Veterans Association


Treasurer Josh Mandel - Treasurer, State of Ohio
Representative Nan Baker - Ohio House of Representatives, District 16
Deborah Comery, Clerk of Courts, Rocky River Municipal Court
Michael Gallagher, Cuyahoga County Councilman
Jack Schron, Cuyahoga County Councilman

       Bay Village
       Mayor Deborah Sutherland
       Paul Koomar - Council President
       Dave Tadych, Councilmember, Ward 1
       Karen Lieske, Councilmember, Ward 3
       Tom Henderson, Councilmember, Ward 4
       Dwight Clark, Councilmember, At-Large
       Jim Scott, Former Councilmember, At-Large

Fairview Park
William Minek, Councilmember, Ward 2
John Hickel, Councilmember, Ward 4
Frank Berkopek - Former School Board Member, President
Fred Guathier, Former City Councilmember
Jeanine Minek, Former Councilmember



       North Olmsted
       Paul Barker, Councilmember, Ward 2
         Duane Limpert, Councilmember, At-Large
       Carrie B. Copfer, CPA, Finance Director
         Duane Limpert, Former Council President

Rocky River
Mayor Pamela Bobst
Tom Hunt, Councilmember, Ward 1
Jim Moran, Council President, Ward 2
Michael O'Donnell, Councilmember, Ward 3
Brian Sindelar - Councilmember, At-Large
David Furry, Councilmember, At-Large
Michael Harvey, Former Councilmember
Robert Frost, Former Councilmember



Mayor Dennis Clough
Michael Killeen, Council President
John Wheeler, Law Director
Nick Nunnari, Ward 2
Michael O'Donnell, Councilmember Ward 4
Ken Brady, Councilmember, Ward 5
Mark Getsay, Councilmember, Ward 6
Ed Hack, Former Councilmember




          Steven M. Backiel, Painesville
          Charles Bellm, Westlake
          Andrew Brickman, Cleveland
          Paul & Therese Koomar, Bay Village
          Chuck & Carol Cowell, Bay Village
          Doug & Betty Dechert, Westlake
          Russell Exolt, Westlake
          Lindsay Ferguson, North Olmsted
          Paul Gallagher, Rocky River
          Keith & Tricia Granfors, Columbia Station
          Herbert J. Hoppe, Jr., Rocky River
          Adam R. Kaufman, Rocky RIver
          Annette Kellogg, Rocky River

John Kirk, Rocky River
Richard & Jean Livingston, Westlake
James McCafferty, Bay Village
Jeff & Patty Neverman, Westlake
Mary & Mike O'Malley, Fairview Park
Richard Pogue, Cleveland
Cliff & Betty Preuss, Westlake
Scott Ross, Olmsted Township
Joyce Able Schroth, Westlake
Tom Smeal, North Olmsted
James & Georgia Szczeblewski, North Olmsted
Kenneth S. Trump Cleveland
Terri Vicarel, Westlake




VI.       Other

  1. Cuyahoga County Council Operations & Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Chair  http://council.cuyahogacounty.us/en-us/Council-Operations-Intergovernmental-Relations-Committee.aspx
  2. Crains News:  “Meet the Mycestro -- a wireless mouse at your fingertips: Startup hopes product controlled by your hand will be ready for holiday season”


March 18, 2013 4:30 AM


….”We are actively seeking investment,” said Mr. Greenspan, a veteran of several Internet and technology firms, who also is a Cuyahoga County councilman. “”We'll do that until we reach our investment goal of $1.5 million.”

Mr. Greenspan is the former CEO of IdeaStar Inc., producer of the VeriShot Golf system for tracking and rewarding holes in one in golf contests. Mr. Mastandrea met Mr. Greenspan through Michael Finn and Tony Crisalli, who already had joined the Mycestro team as director of business strategy and director of business finance, respectively.

Mr. Greenspan said the money will be used to build and assemble the product and for marketing and branding.

The main circuit board will be manufactured by a Chicago firm, he said, but assembly and distribution will be handled in Northeast Ohio.






Response to Questionnaire

A.        Integrity

1. Have you ever held a position, public or private, where you were required to report gifts made to you or expenditures made on your behalf?  When, where?

Answer:     Yes.  I am the incumbent Cuyahoga County Councilmember representing District 1.   I am required, annually, to report to the Ohio Ethics Commission as well as the Cuyahoga County Inspector General. 

Additionally, I was elected to the inaugural city council in Sandy Springs, Georgia and served from 2005-2007.  We were required to file similar reports to that of Ohio but to our municipal clerk.

2. In the last five years, have you been a party to any civil law suit?  If yes, please provide the case name and nature of the suit.

Answer:           No.

3. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, other than a minor misdemeanor?  If yes, please provide the year and jurisdiction of the conviction.

Answer:           No.

4. What steps have you taken to ensure that your campaign is complying with Ohio Campaign Finance law?

Answer:           I am a current elected official in Cuyahoga County and I have been filing with the County Board of Elections as well as the State of Ohio Ethics Commission for the past 4 years. 

Additionally, I attended training sessions sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections specically focused on campaign finance.

5. Has a complaint ever been filed against you, or any campaign committee acting on your behalf, in the Ohio Elections Commission, or Federal Elections Commission?

Answer:           No.

6. Prior to this campaign, have you campaigned for elected office?  If so, please identify the date, the office, and the outcome. 

Answer:           Yes, City Council – Sandy Springs, Georgia 2005-2007.  Successful campaign – elected to serve on the inaugural City Council.

7. Please identify the top three contributors to your campaign, how much you have raised thus far, how much you intend to raise, and how much you have spent thus far on your campaign.

Answer:           Pursuant to my December 31, 2013 Ohio Campaign Finance Report

B.        Transparency

8. What steps can be taken at the county level to make access to public records easier?

Answer:           I co-sponsored the current Cuyahoga County Public Records Ordinance. Since 2011 I have also served, as the Chair of the Council Committee that oversees Council Rules, Operations, Ethics and Charter Amendments.  The Public Records Ordinance was reviewed and recommended for adoption from my committee. 

Additionally, my committee reviews legislation and makes inquires of the Administration and Council itself, on a periodic basis, to ensure compliance with and adherence to the letter and spirit of the legislation.

Our Council, works diligently to respond to public records requests and have adopted a goal of responding within 24 hours 

9. What steps can be taken to make the operations of county government more transparent?

Answer:           I am the primary sponsor and author of the Cuyahoga County Ethics Ordinance as well as the Cuyahoga County Inspector General Ordinance.  Both ordinances are intended to provide ethical, transparent and effective governance.  The Ethics Ordinance outlines to mission and objectives and the Inspector General Ordinance provides the framework for compliance and guidelines for inspection and enforcement.

                        Additionally, as stated above - I co-sponsored the current Cuyahoga County Public Records Ordinance.

                        The County should and does challenge its operations and practices against “Best Practices”.     

                        I also advocated, successfully, that all of the Council Regular Meetings and Committee Meetings to be live streamed on the Council website so public can watch from the comfort of their own home or office their County government at work.

10.  If elected, what steps would you take to improve citizen engagement and to communicate critical information to your constituents?

Answer:           Since January 2011 until January 2014 (37 months) I have conducted 23 in-district town hall meetings and 2 out of district town hall meetings to discuss issues before Council and the County.  I currently have 4 more town hall meetings (for a total of 5 for the year) – one in each of the 5 communities that I represent. 

I consistently use social media and speak at as many events, meeting and gatherings as I am invited to including but not limited to, The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga County Community College, Hiram College, Chamber of Commerce events, League of Women Voter events, Church and Synagogue meetings, senior groups, Kiwanis and Rotary meetings, community engagement forums, just to name a few.

  I also engage the media - print, television , internet radio and  over-the-air radio ( I have a monthly segment on The Nick Phillips Show on WHK Radio 1420 am on the 3rd Sunday night of each month at 8 pm.) to educate and inform on Council and County issues.

 On a going forward basis, I would like be more consistent in disseminating a newsletter and I will work with my volunteers to put forward this tool.

C.        Efficiency

11.  What steps do you believe could be taken to improve cooperation and between county government and other local governments?

Answer:           As the Chair of the County Council Committee that includes Intergovernmental Relations, I am a supporter of voluntary collaboration and have supported legislation and policies to encourage municipal, county, state and federal collaboration. 

                        The County sits in the prime position to be the facilitator for promoting cooperation between itself and its 59 municipalities and between the 59 communities themselves.  The County currently provides collaborative services in the areas of Human Resources, Information Technology, Public Safety, Public Works, and various Human Services.  These programs need to be promoted and expanded in such a way as to compliment the current municipal operations being mindful in understanding the role of the County and respecting the sovereignty of each of the 59 communities with in our borders.  This is a fine line.

12.  Please generally describe your position on the issue of regionalism.

Answer:           As the Chair of the County Council Committee that includes Intergovernmental Relations, I am a supporter of voluntary collaboration and have supported legislation and policies to encourage municipal, county, state and federal collaboration.  We, as the County, have a tremendous opportunity to foster collaboration and have taken tremendous steps to do just that.  My District and the City of Lakewood – represent the communities of the Westshore Council of Government (COG), serves as the model for communities working together for over 40 years.  Since elected I have missed only 1 monthly Westshore COG meeting.

Confusion exists between the discussion of Regionalism and Collaboration.  As I stated above, I am a supporter of voluntary collaboration.  However, I am not a supporter of Regionalism as defined by the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI).  The RPI promotes, among other issues, revenue sharing and anti-business positions such as anti-pouching initiatives.

13.  After four years of the new county government, can you identify any areas or programs that you believe could be run more efficiently?

Answer:           The discussion of efficiency and effectiveness should not be looked at as a definitive process that ends at the initiative of a program or policy.  I would insist and I have demonstrated by the annual review of legislation that I have sponsored, that efficiency is an ongoing process and should be reviewed periodically to ensure that tax payer funds and funded programs are being maximized.  I would argue that all areas of county government have the capacity to be run more efficiently.

14.  In what way(s) would you improve that relationship between the Executive and Council?

Answer:           As with any relationship it must be reciprocal. The strained relationship that existed between the Executive and Council stems from the pending transition in leadership with the Executive.  It is my expectation that the next Executive will be more engaging and inclusive.        

D.        Competence

15.  Aside from your campaigns for County Council, have you ever run for public office? If so, please identify the office and the date of the election. 

Answer:           2005-2007 I was elected to the inaugural city council in Sandy Springs, Georgia

16.  Aside from your current position, what public offices have you held? When?

Answer:           2008-2010 – Westlake Board of Zoning Appeals Commissioner

2009-2010 – Westlake Board of Zoning Appeals Commissioner, Secretary of the Board

2005-2007 City Councilmember, District 1 – Sandy Springs, Georgia         

17.  Have you, or any business in which you held more than a 50% interest, ever filed for bankruptcy.  When, where?

Answer:           No.

18.  In your opinion, which aspects of your education and experience prepared you to serve on County Council?

Answer:           It is my belief that life is about experience, exposure and relationships.  With this said, below is a summary my education. Professional and elected official resume that qualifies me to be re-elected to my current position.


I earned a Leadership scholarship to and graduated from Troy University in Alabama where I earned a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. 

Professional Experience

Since graduation, I have worked hard to develop a career in finance and operational leadership from a staff accountant to Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer.  My colleagues credit me with being the financial backbone of emerging businesses and ensuring the financial integrity of both private and publicly traded companies.

I am no stranger to hard work and I have held leadership positions with Atlanta Olympic Broadcasting, Turner Media Consultants, and the PGA TOUR Radio Network.  Currently, I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Elk Consulting Services, a consulting company that focuses on emerging/start-up ventures and turn-around business entities.

Elected Official Experience


Councilmember, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

I was elected to the inaugural County Council for Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Cuyahoga County is the largest County in the State of Ohio and the 29th largest County in the Country.

As a member of the new, reform government, I serve on the following committees:

ü Council Operations and Intergovernmental Relations, Chair (2011-present)

ü Public Safety and Justice Affairs, Vice Chair (2011-present)

ü Health, Human Services and Aging, Member (2013-present)

ü Finance and Budgeting, Member (2011-present)

ü Economic Development and Planning, Member (2011-present)

ü Contract and Purchasing Board, Alternate (2013-2104) Representative(2011-2012)

ü Board of Controls, Representative, (2013-2014)

ü Board of Revisions - Statutory Board Member (2014)


Councilmember, City of Sandy Springs, Georgia

I was elected to the inaugural City Council for the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia.  Sandy Springs is Atlanta’s second largest city and Georgia’s seventh with a population of almost 100,000 residents.  As a founding member of the city, I was intimately involved in all aspects of starting a city from the ground up – from deliberating and voting all ordinances and land use plans to launching the City’s first Police and Fire Departments.  Two of My most notable accomplishments included working with the City Manager and Finance Director to help develop the City’s first Fund Balance Reserve Policy and to direct a strategic partnership with the Board of Education on a Recreation and Parks initiative that expanded the City’s parks program. 

Personal Statement

I am committed to the belief that sports can be an important vehicle for instilling lifelong values in our youth, I have dedicated a significant amount of time coaching sports teams in various community youth leagues.  I have also served as commissioner of youth soccer and baseball leagues and was the co-President of the Booster Club at my children's school.

E.         Policy

19.  What steps do you believe county government can take to take advantage of Cuyahoga County’s lake front?

 Answer:           Cuyahoga County is in an advantageous position to serve as a collaborative agent and facilitator to coordinate with lakefront communities and the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission and other related agencies to implement a strategic plan that will best serve the region as a whole.  The County is mindful that it does not own real estate on the lake and as such we should serve as the primary coordinator to the collaborative efforts of our lakefront communities.

                         An example of this endeavor would be for the County to can continue to provide economic assistance to entities that develop lakefront properties as it has done with the East Bank of the Flat project.

 20.  In your opinion, what is the single most important thing county government can do to promote economic development?

 Answer:           Cuyahoga County should continue to develop and implement on its charter mandated mission to provide the opportunity to promote the development of jobs that create products and provide services that the market will support.  This is a divergent concept to the just “create jobs” mission.  Creating jobs for the sake of creating jobs is not sustainable.  Cuyahoga County must develop a strategy that will focus on identifying our core industries (Medical, Manufacturing, Technology, Automotive, Aerospace, just to name a few).  If we provide a focus on being proactive on enhancing this type of an environment then the support and financial services industries of legal, banking, accounting and consulting, tourism, and the service sector opportunities will provide additional opportunities.

 21.  Do you believe that the powers of County Council should be expanded to enhance its ability to check and balance the authority of the County Executive?

 Answer:           Cuyahoga County is the only county in Ohio with this form of government – a strong executive form of government.  Summit County has a charter form of government too.  However, they still independently elect a Clerk of Courts, Medical Examiner, Engineer, Sheriff and Fiscal Officer. With the amount of charter provided authority to our executive it is essential that our charter provides sufficient authority to the council in order to provide the essential checks and balances to the executive.  For the most part, the charter does provide this level of balance.  However, our charter is new and we are presented with unintended consequences of theoretical concepts that lack practical application.  As such, we are presented with circumstances in which checks and balances are compromised. I have been a champion for identifying solutions to these items.  For example, the current charter provides for the composition of the Investment Advisory Board to be made of a member of council, the executive and the treasurer.  However, the treasurer reports to the executive and this presents the appearance of and possibility for collusion and a conflict of interest.

 22.  Did you support Issue 3 on the November 2013 ballot? Why or why not?

 Answer:           I did support Issue 3.  Issue 3 was about the fundamental concept of separation of power and providing a fair and open process for employee discipline and appeal.

                         Prior to the passage of Issue 3, employees appealed discipline matters to a three person board that was appointed by the Executive and confirmed by Council.  The perception that the board itself was selected by the Executive to whom the employee is in the direct employment chain of command.  This structure made is such that those seeking a fair and impartial hearing believe that the appeal would not be fair and impartial.  Since Council does not have any oversight to the Executives employees and Council employees are not subject to appeal to the 3 person appellate board, it is believed a board appointed by the Council would be more transparent and impartial. 

 23.  Do you support the renewal of the sin tax? Why or why not?

 Answer:           I fundamentally believe that government is best served when it is closest to the people.  Additionally, when the opportunity presents itself the electorate should provide direct input into issues – particularly issues of taxation.  I am a proponent of “self-determination”.

                         As a general principle, I do not take positions on levy’s – period.

                         Additionally, I did support placing this item on the ballot because it was a renewal. I do not support tax increase and if this measure included provisions that would have been an increase in the excise tax rates or broadened the base – thus providing more revenue by taxing items that were not previously taxed – I would have voted not to place this before the electorate.