David Friedman attended Harvard University where he graduated cum laude in Economics in 1969. After a stint at Harvard Business School, David moved to Maine where his entrepreneurial skills flourished. He founded and built a substantive real estate brokerage firm, which later evolved into real estate development. During the late 1970’s he founded and built Sandy River Realty, Maine’s largest Century 21 real estate brokerage franchise. In 1980, David, along with a husband and wife nurse team, co-founded Sandy River Nursing Care Center, the first of what would be 11 major facilities. The company grew to be Maine’s largest quality provider of skilled and assisted living care, with approximately 1,100 beds and 1600 employees.
David has been a creator and founder of many successful enterprises, all within the arenas of real estate and long-term health care. These organizations have ranged from Sandy River Health System, with $60 million in annual revenue; to start-ups with half a dozen initial employees and seed capital. In addition, he has served as Chair or Co-Chair of a number of major national and international non-profit organizations. He is a natural team builder and facilitator and thrives on choosing and then empowering his teams to grow. He plays an important advisory role to the work of Sandy River Company.
David lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Rabbi and author Tirzah Firestone and is the parent of five children, as well as a proud grandparent. David also named the original “Sandy River” company in 1974, calling upon the beauty and energy of the river to help define a body of work that continues today.