David Kinnaird, president of essensys North America, is a respected influencer in the shared workspace industry. He joined essensys in late 2015, directing their entry and subsequent rapid expansion from the UK into the U.S. market. Prior to this, David spent 10 years with Avanta Serviced Office as Operations Director, growing the business from 4 centers in 2005 to over 40 in 2013. With his longtime experience as a serviced office operator, David has extensive industry knowledge and insight to the technical, financial, operational and social perspectives of both workspace operators and end-uses. With a keen eye for metrics and data-driven operations, he is hands down a master of launching, managing and growing shared workspaces. David is well-renowned in the global flexible workspace community, speaking at multiple industry Conferences from the BCA to the GWA. He has established broad connections and tight-knit relationships with industry peers, thought leaders and influencers. Before entering the Serviced Office industry, David began his career in the British Army, where he spent 15 years defending the Queen from her enemies, and later progressed to senior IT operations management roles at the Ministry of Defense, British Telecom and MWB Business Exchange. David lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. He enjoys family time, tennis, cycling and sailing.