David and Orly Perez
David was honored by A&E Network as one of the top 10 people in the world in 2005 who had had the greatest impact over the last year. His efforts and accomplishments during and after Hurricane Katrina saved countless lives and laid the foundation for a burgeoning career in disaster relief logistics. From 2005-2011, David headed up the 2 Life 18 Foundation, a volunteer-based first-response disaster relief initiative grown out of Hurricane Katrina that would go on to provide extensive relief to victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and ensuing cholera epidemics. Recipient of the 2005 NAACP Presidentís Award, he has also been featured on many nationally televised programs including CNNís "Heroes Among Us," as well as on CNBC, ABC, KGTV, NBC, MSNBC and in numerous articles. 2 Life 18 has been renamed the Coalition of Hope, where David is currently President.
Recent endeavors that blend humanitarian goals with careful business planning include Nika water, which donates its profits to support clean water projects in impoverished countries. David also represents SIB, a development and consulting firm that specializes in fixed cost reductions. The company only bills clients after savings are realized.
The Perez family has supported many charities and other foundations in the USA and Israel, especially medical research and help for the homeless. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, David emigrated to the United States at the age of 6. He is happily married to his soul mate Orly who was born in Israel, together they have three children. The family enjoys fishing, sports, beaches, and world travel. David has traveled to over 34 countries and speaks English, French and Hebrew. David and Orly cite the Jewish principle of "tikunolam" - an imperative to heal the world - as a way of explaining their charitable actions.