fred-davidOriginally from Whiteville, North Carolina, Fred’s parents purchased a home on OIB in 1965. He spent many weeks and months on the Island since that year. He owned and operated the Follow Me deep sea fishing charter boat on the Island from 1987 til 2006. He and his children, Forest, Byron, and Meredith, scuba dived on most of the shipwrecks off the Island. Today, Fred and his wife Joy, a realtor with Sloane/Coldwell Banker Realty, reside full-time on the Island.

Dr. Fred David lives at Ocean Isle Beach. He is the author of three mainstream strategic management textbooks titled Strategic Management, Concepts in Strategic Management, and Cases in Strategic Management. These texts have been on a two year revision cycle since 1986 when the first edition was published by Merrill Publishing Company. The 12th edition was published in April 2008. These texts are among the best selling strategic management textbooks in the world and have been used at more than 400 colleges and universities – such as Harvard University, Duke University, Carnegie-Mellon, John Hopkins, the University of Maryland, UNC-Chapel Hill, Florida State University, and Wake Forest University. This textbook is translated and published into Chinese, Japanese, Farsi, Spanish, Indonesian, Indian, and Arabic and widely used across Asia, South America, and Mexico.

Approximately 75,000 students annually read Dr. David’s textbook as well as thousands of businesspersons. This book has led the field of strategic management for more than a decade in providing an applications, practitioner-approach to the discipline. David also is author of 149 other refereed publications, including 36 journal articles, 53 Proceedings publications, and 60 strategic planning cases. He has articles published is such journals as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Long Range Planning, and Advanced Management Journal.

A native of Whiteville, North Carolina, Fred David received a BS Degree in Mathematics and an MBA Degree from Wake Forest University before being employed as a bank manager with United Carolina Bank. He received a PhD in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina where he majored in Management. Currently the TranSouth Professor of Strategic Planning at Francis Marion University (FMU) in Florence, South Carolina, Dr. David has also taught at Auburn University, Mississippi State University, East Carolina University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.