Paul David is the founder and CEO of Identified Talent Solutions, an Irvine, California-based staffing and talent acquisition consulting firm.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Paul immigrated to the United States at the age of five. Raised in Orange County, California, he graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Ca and attended California State University, Fullerton. He earned his bachelor’s degree along with his MBA at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management. From 2005 to 2014 Paul worked in the field of talent acquisition and recruitment. He worked for large organizations such as Cox Enterprises, First American Title and ADP.
In 2007 Paul married is wife, Desiree and in 2010 they had their daughter, Chloe. During the time of their marriage Paul and Desiree experienced the most difficult times of their lives from losing their jobs to homelessness to eventually the death of Desiree from a four and half year battle of breast cancer. Desiree died at the age of 36 and Paul was widowed with their four-year-old daughter. Buried in $150,000 of debt and no longer being able to travel for work to care for Chloe, Paul founded Identified Talent Solutions and turned to entrepreneurship to change his life.
Today, Identified Talent Solution has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Orange County Business Journal and listed on the “Inc. 500” by Inc. Magazine as part of its annual list of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.” Paul employs 20 internal employees and over 50 field-based staff.
Paul remarried in 2017 and his wife Kathie legally adopted Chloe later that same year. In 2005, Kathie was Paul’s manager when he was a loan officer. Paul saw a recruiter opening at the company they worked for and Kathie wrote a recommendation for him. This was the start of Paul’s recruitment career. Kathie also wrote his recommendation to business school. They stayed friends throughout the years which eventually brought them full circle.
Between 2009 to 2013 Paul completed two Ironman Triathlons which is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a full 26.2-mile marathon. He has done over 10 marathons and raced in serval 200-mile cycling events. In the process Paul completely revamped his life and lost 92 pounds and stopped smoking a pack a day. Paul no longer races and puts most of his attention on his family, business and helping others succeed through his mentorship.