David Gaines, MEDP
David Gaines is the Managing Director of Goldstone Consulting Group, a site selection and economic development firm. In his role as Managing Director, he leads the day-to-day operations of the firm’s consulting business and the firm’s commercial and industrial real estate division, Goldstone Realty Partners.
Prior to founding Goldstone Consulting Group in 2016, Mr. Gaines held leadership roles in two local and regional economic development agencies dating back to 2007. During that time, he was responsible for the business attraction efforts for the communities he represented as well as business retention and expansion programs for those communities.
Gaines is a founding member of the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership, a 14-county regional economic development agency. He also served as the group’s first two-term Chairman of the Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of its Government Relations Committee.
He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Ashford University – Forbes School of Business and a Chancellor’s Certificate in International Trade from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has earned the Master of Economic Development Professional (MEDP) designation from a cohort of the University of Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian University, Stetson University and the University of New Mexico and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
During his 30-years of business experience, David has held positions from sales and marketing to management and ownership. He has worked in the economic development, financial services, print and broadcast media, real estate and business services industries.