H David Meyers, AgriSmart, Inc. founder and chair ➜ Helping Realize the Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs | I am technology. #blog by Trey Warme
H. David Meyers (bio) is the first leadership profile featured on I am technology. #blog. I had the privilege to meet H and have dinner with him as he and my father passed through Charlotte, NC last week towing a baby grand piano en route from Georgia back to the D.C metro area. He is full of delightful stories about sensational situations with distinguished personalities. His friend of over twenty years, who joined us, had as many entertaining stories about her thrilling experiences with H over the years. The table was captivated as he retold amazing experience after another. That was only part of his allure; H. David actively listened with undiluted intent and equal interest to everyone else’s shared experiences and stories as well. H. David Meyers is a truly one of a kind individual, a simply unforgettable man, the type of person that books are written about, competitors are proud for the opportunity to have been beaten by, a man I’m sure many ladies never forget, and someone who all who know him are thankful for the rare opportunity to meet someone so unafraid to just be themselves.
H David Meyers is no stranger to extraordinary success. Mr. Meyers exudes the warm, charismatic presence of a well-cultured, globally conscious leader with an obvious concern for the comfort and happiness of those around him, and exhibiting an unmistakable fundamental awareness that the ultimate success of a leader is the creation of more leaders. His social adeptness and inclusive natured humanness serve him well as a leader. He brings along with him a well-developed network of the most successful of successful business contacts, lifelong friends, and devoted fans.
H. David is a multitalented, philanthropic business executive and musician with quite an impressive resume, which includes a remarkable list of academic, musical and business leadership career accomplishments. His latest activities include the founding and serving as Chairman of the Board for ?AgriSmart, Inc., an international agriculture organization dedicated to elevating the economy of Côte d’Ivoire (Africa’s Ivory Coast) through the development of industrial sustainable farming. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of Beethoven Found: Tribute to Wounded Warriors, a non-profit where he donates his time and exceptional oboe performance skills to raise funds for wounded American veterans of war.
H David Meyers and his oboe
A highly acclaimed internationally recognized oboist, H. David Meyers performed at Carnegie Hall at the tender age of fifteen. He has had a dozen solo appearances with National Symphony Orchestra members. In 2006, H. David was the coveted soloist on a recording of a Beethoven concerto whose score had been lost for almost 200 years with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, one of Russia’s most prestigious orchestras.
Holding BA and Juris Doctor degrees from University of Miami and GW Law School, H. David’s pursuit of academia has proved equally successful as his business and musical endeavors.
H David Meyers and creation of the debit card
When H. David Meyers sets his mind to accomplishing something, he demonstrates the perseverance of a pit-bull along with the patience of Job and has proven successes doing even what others tell him cannot be done. He founded Timesaver/MasterCard and Visa in 1974, an organization that benefitted low-income people and families by approving approximately 90% of applications, compared with the average approval rate of most banks at the time of less than 50%. As crazy as the banks called him at the time, this first secured credit card offering was a revolutionary development in banking that directly led to the modern day debit card. Yes, you read that correctly, Mr. Meyers is the inventor of the debit card, which he created to assist low-income individuals and families.
H. David hired baseball legend Mickey Mantle as the national spokesperson for the revolutionary Timesaver, Inc. business venture. To thank H and his brother for giving him the position as TV spokesperson, Mickey Mantle brought a gift from Dallas to Washington, D.C. in the form of a commissioned painting by the famous artist, Robert Simon. This painting commissioned by Mickey Mantle later went on to a nationwide museum tour eventually selling at auction to benefit Wounded Warriors. Read more about H. David Meyers creation of the debit card, his involvement with Mickey Mantle in the Timesaver/MasterCard and Visa venture, and his musical philanthropy in an interview with TAEM The Arts And Entertainment Magazine here: http://goo.gl/cKMBGd.
Mr. Meyers participated in a 200 piece orchestra with 500 chorus members, 6 bands, and 100 tents providing entertainment all day, with more than 30,000 people in attendance on May 27th, 2012 at Great Meadows in The Plains, Virginia, to honor America’s heroes, Wounded Warriors.
H David Meyers and launch of AgriSmart, Inc.
One evening at a bar in Georgetown, Washington D.C, a gentleman from Côte d’Ivoire approached H. David to introduce himself. In his introduction, the man tells Mr. Meyers I hear your name everywhere, everyone seems to know you, and many of my friends tell me I really must meet H. Like everyone else, the man is impressed with H’s warm, sincere demeanor and his confidence without arrogance. They exchange stories, the man tells about his homeland of Côte d’Ivoire, and after they chat for a while, the man of Ivorian descent asks H, what can you do for my country? Mr. Meyers replies, get me a meeting with your ambassador and I’ll see what I can do. The next day, the man calls H. David Meyers to inform he has lunch scheduled with the ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire the following day. So began the determination of H. David Meyers to help Côte d’Ivoire and what would lead to the creation of CornSmart which eventually became AgriSmart, Inc.
H. David Meyers, along with his team of top experts in their fields of study, formed AgriSmart, Inc. to generate significant quantities of food, and to assist in the elimination of hunger and eradicating poverty while creating higher-than-average wage jobs for the people of Côte d’Ivoire and the region.
H David Meyers and Sustainable Development Goals in Côte d’Ivoire
As excited as Mr. Meyers is to offer the potential for markedly high returns for AgriSmart, Inc. investors, he is equally, if not perhaps even more, enlivened by the numerous opportunities for which AgriSmart, Inc. was formed to affect positive social benefit and is focused on taking a lead role in Côte d’Ivoire of tackling multiple of the sustainable development goals initiatives shared by the United Nations, World Food Program, and many other humanitarian agencies. A few of the sustainable development priorities H. David Meyers plans to make huge impacts in Côte d’Ivoire once AgriSmart, Inc. is fully operational are no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, sustainable communities, responsible production, and strategic partnerships for the goals. Read more about the sustainable development goals AgriSmart, Inc. is taking aim on their Facebook Page here: https://goo.gl/z1nxbr.
Côte d’Ivoire is one of the best performing economies in the world, and one of the most business-friendly countries in Africa. Under the leadership of H. David Meyers, AgriSmart, Inc. formed a public-private partnership in August of 2013 with the government agency SODEFOR Society for Development of Forests in Côte d’Ivoire, and was awarded over one million acres of certified forests, over half of which is savannah land, to generate significant quantities of food, build productive capacity, assist with poverty reduction, and help restore degraded forests.
H. David Meyers and his team strive to elevate not only the economy of Côte d’Ivoire but also the greater African and global economies, through an inclusive development of sustainable agriculture in Africa. In his free time, he continues to provide significant efforts toward benefitting wounded veterans through his charity work for Wounded Warriors. To learn more about Mr. H. David Meyers and his current efforts, visit the AgriSmart, Inc. website or other social media profiles below.
Beethoven Oboe Concerto – H. David Meyers, Soloist – YouTube video
Oboist H David Meyers performed the long-lost and recently rediscovered Beethoven Oboe Concerto at the Music Center at Strathmore. Classical WETA’s David Ginder spoke with Mr. Meyers about the event, which benefits Children’s Hospital, and another project he’s working on. H David Meyers – WETA interview
Beethoven Found: Tribute to Wounded Warriors, on Facebook
Credit Where Credit Is Due, on Inc.com
TAEM interview with Oboist H David Meyers – The Eerie Digest
Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs – United Nations
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – United Nations
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