David O’Brien is chairman of the board and controlling owner of Risk International Holdings (comprised of Risk International Services, Risk International Benefits Advisory and Bartlett Actuarial) in Fairlawn, Ohio. O’Brien acquired Risk in 2012 after a long corporate career of serving the risk management and insurance brokerage needs of Fortune 1000 companies, many saddled with complex risk profiles.
His career includes serving as president of Oswald Companies where he helped reinvent the more than century-old insurance brokerage. Prior to that he turned the Kentucky office of Marsh into the fastest-growing office of that global insurance brokerage. O’Brien holds designations in Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM), and is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).
He has held numerous nonprofit board positions including Junior Achievement (1997-99), Louisville Orchestra (1997-99), Economics America (2001-05), Center for Families and Children (2004-10) and the American Red Cross 2008-10). Currently, O’Brien and his wife Lisa serve as capital campaign co-chairs for the Women’s Recovery Center of Greater Cleveland.
For profit board participation includes currently serving as chairman of the board for Risk International Holdings since 2011. Previously he served on the board of Oswald Companies (2002-10) and Oswald, Trippe and Company (2002-10).
O’Brien earned a bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA) with a double major in finance and risk management/insurance from Bowling Green State University.