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David Wilhelm (born 2 October 1956) is an American political operative and businessman. A native of Appalachian Ohio, Wilhelm focuses on spurring sustainable economic growth in rural areas. He is the founder and president of Woodland Venture Management, one of the nation's leading sources of venture capital in regions of the country that lie between the coasts and are ignored by most investors. Download high resolution version (1244x1864, 332 KB)Pic of David Wilhelm, Clinton campaign manager and former chairman of the DNC. File links The following pages link to this file: David Wilhelm ... October 2 is the 275th day (276th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 90 days remaining. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ... Accumulated GDP growth for various countries. ... Venture capital is a general term to describe financing for startup and early stage businesses as well as businesses in turn around situations. ...

Adena Ventures, Woodland's first fund, focuses on businesses in central Appalachia, a region that historically has been left behind as the nation has prospered. The Small Business Administration designated Adena the nation's first New Markets Venture Capital Company. Appalachian Region of the U.S. Appalachia is a mostly rural, partly urbanized, and partly industrialized region in and around the Appalachian Mountains in the Eastern United States. ... The United States Small Business Administration is a United States Government agency that provides support to small businesses. ...

Hopewell Ventures is Woodland's second fund and targets the Midwest. A region stretching from Pittsburgh on the east to Omaha on the west, the Midwest receives less venture capital financing than the city of San Diego alone. Hopewell aims to close that gap. The Midwest is a common name for a region of the United States of America. ...

Wilhelm gained national prominence as the campaign manager for Bill Clinton's presidential run in 1992. Wilhelm oversaw the operation, serving as the campaign's authority on staffing, managing personnel, politics, electoral college strategy, field, and state outreach. He also spearheaded the bus tour through the heartland that followed the Democratic National Convention. In United States and other democracies, political campaigns larger than a few individuals generally include a campaign manager whose role is to coordinate the campaigns operations. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe, III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... An electoral college is a set of electors who are empowered as a deliberative body to elect someone to a particular office. ... Featured at the Democratic National Convention are speeches by prominent party figures. ...

Wilhelm's role was complemented by strategists such as James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, who were in charge of communications. Eli Siegel and Mickey Kantor also played leading roles. James Carville (born October 25, 1944), is an American political consultant, commentator and pundit. ... George Robert Stephanopoulos (born February 10, 1961) is an American broadcaster and politician. ... The term communications is used in a number of disciplines: Communications, also known as communication studies is the academic discipline which studies communication, generally seen as a mixture between media studies and linguistics. ... Eli Siegel (August 16, 1902–November 8, 1978), poet and critic, founded the philosophy Aesthetic Realism in 1941. ... Michael Mickey Kantor Michael Mickey Kantor (b. ...

After the election, President-elect Clinton named Wilhelm to serve as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), making Wilhelm the youngest person to head a national party in American history. Wilhelm's priority at the DNC was to strengthen the party's grassroots by promoting White House initiatives at the state and local level. Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean is the current Chairman of the DNC. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal campaign and fund-raising organization affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. ... A grassroots political movement, inspired by the German word Graswurzel, is a movement organized by a network of citizens. ... The southern side of the White House The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States of America. ...

Throughout his career, Wilhelm has managed the campaigns of Senator Paul Simon, Senator Joe Biden, Governor Rod Blagojevich, and Mayor Richard Daley. In 2002, Wilhelm directed Blagojevich’s transition to the Governor’s office. Wilhelm also served as chair of the Illinois presidential campaign of John Kerry and John Edwards in 2004. Joseph Robinette Joe Biden, Jr. ... Rod R. Blagojevich ( â–¶ (help· info), born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... Richard Daley may refer to: Richard J. Daley, Mayor of Chicago (1955-1976), father of Richard M. Daley Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago (1989-present), son of Richard J. Daley This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Official languages English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Senators Richard Durbin (D) Barack Obama (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 4. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ... Johnny Reid John Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is a former United States Senator from North Carolina. ...

Wilhelm is a founder of two consulting companies based in Chicago: Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies, a public affairs firm, and the Strategy Group, which supports Democratic candidates. He is no longer affiliated with either company. Earlier in his career, Wilhelm served as Executive Director of Citizens for Tax Justice, a public interest group that advocates for middle- and lower-income families. Management consulting (sometimes also called strategy consulting) refers to both the practice of helping companies to improve performance through analysis of existing business problems and development of future plans, as well as to the firms that specialize in this sort of consulting. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ...

Wilhelm has a B.A. from Ohio University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and honorary doctorates from Ohio University and the University of Charleston. Ohio University is a public university located in Athens, Ohio, enrolling almost 20,000 students on its main 1,800 acre (7. ... Public policy is a term used to describe the laws, decisions, regulations, etc. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Ohio University is a public university located in Athens, Ohio, enrolling almost 20,000 students on its main 1,800 acre (7. ... The University of Charleston is a private college in Charleston, West Virginia of approximately 1,000 students. ...


  • As DNC chair in 1993, Wilhelm gave a speech to the Christian Coalition and was greeted with jeers for arguing that good Christians can belong to any political party.
  • Adena Ventures, Wilhelm's first venture capital fund, is named for a Native American tribe that established a vast trade network throughout what is now Appalachia. Hopewell Ventures, Wilhelm's second fund, is named for the tribe that succeeded the Adena Indians.

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  • "If you want to win, always be the aggressor. Always. Get on offense and stay there. That's it, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you and good night." - 8/13/02, speech at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • "The flip-side of a capital gap is a market opportunity." - 3/5/05, speech at the FamilyFarmed.org gala.
  • "I am a Christian and I am a Democrat. However inconvenient it might be, God is an Independent." - 9/10/93, speech to Christian Coalition
  • "When I was younger, the Don Quixote types easily impressed me. But effectiveness comes with the realization that there is no moral superiority in constantly losing." - 5/1/05, commencement address at the University of Charleston
  • "Little is more tragic than a 21 year-old cynic, except perhaps for a 50 year-old cynic who once dreamed big dreams. The moment you lose your big idea is the moment that your day turns to twilight." - 5/1/05, commencement address at the University of Charleston
  • "Winning is not the end game in life; winning for a reason is." - 1/23/05, Speech accepting the Bow Tie Award from Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century
  • "If you are a true believer, if the rationale for your political participation lies beyond mere self-aggrandizement, you know that there are no such things as lost causes, just battles not yet won." - 8/13/02, speech at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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  Results from FactBites:
Hopewell Ventures - David Wilhelm (210 words)
Wilhelm founded Woodland Venture Management in 1999 with a vision of bringing investment capital to traditionally underserved areas of the country.
Wilhelm has received numerous accolades for his commitment to Appalachia including the Appalachian New Economy Partnership (ANEP) Entrepreneurship Award from the Voinovich Center at Ohio University and honorary doctorates from Ohio University and the University of Charleston (West Virginia).
Wilhelm is well known for his political career, which included managing campaigns for President Bill Clinton, Senator Paul Simon, Senator Joe Biden, Governor Rod Blagojevich and Mayor Richard Daley.
David Wilhelm at AllExperts (939 words)
David Wilhelm (born 2 October, 1956) is an American political operative and businessman.
Wilhelm is the founder and president of Woodland Venture Management, which launches venture capital funds in regions of the United States that lie between the two coasts.
Wilhelm's priority at the DNC was to strengthen the party's grassroots by promoting White House initiatives at the state and local level.
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