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David Nour

Senior Management Advisor & Bestselling Author

David Nour has been a recognized strategist and thought leader on the topic of business relationships for more than 25 years. He, has several top selling books and pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off-balance sheet asset any organization possesses. His unique perspective and independent insight has been featured in prominent media and blogs including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company, Mashable, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Success and many others.

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Relationship Economics
Delivered numerous corporate, association and academic forums, this session focuses on the quantifiable value of business relationships and provides a systematic process for identifying, building, nurturing, and leveraging personal and professional relationships. Nour introduces his battle-tested best practices, based on his own personal experiences that bridge the gap between relationship creation and relationship capitalization.

Return On Impact
David Nour demonstrates how social media is swinging the power pendulum in the direction of members and customers, leaving many industries and organizations out of the equation. Return on Impact isn’t about Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. It’s about socially enabling organizations to listen louder, think faster, and respond to changing market dynamics, helping them reinvent, adapt, and relate in new and powerful ways.

Adaptive Innovation
How do you create greater market value than your competitors? How do you help your channel partners differentiate your unique products or services? Simple – shake up your value chain! Adaptive innovation is destructive by nature. In order to create sustainable competitive advantage, companies must develop a relationship-centric culture. They must have the audacity to fail and the ability to learn from those failures.

Sharing Economy:  The Disruptive Nature of Collaborative Consumption
What do Airbnb, Lending Club, and City CarShare have in common? They’re examples of disruptive innovation in peer-to-peer business models, empowered by real-time insights, highly personalized sharing, global distribution, and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services. Add in a set of values like extreme trust, transparency, economic empowerment, creative expression, authenticity, community resilience, and human connection and the result is a marked increase in the value of these goods and services. Will your industry be next? What are you doing about it?

This session focuses on a systematic approach to developing superior partnerships (manufacturer /distributor, wholesaler/reseller) by applying powerful lessons learned from emotional awareness, personal authenticity, humor, and servant leadership. Key topics include influence vs. persuasion, awareness and performance factors, what effective teams and leaders know about honesty, the impact of emotions in decision-making, and how to create your own luck.


Georgia Trend | 40 Under 40
Atlanta Business Chronicle | Up & Comer
Atlanta Business Chronicle | Who's Who in Atlanta Technology

  • If you are looking for a true thought leader, look no further. David is at the top of his class as a growth strategist, dynamic speaker and insightful consultant. I always appreciate his candid feedback because as tough as it might be to hear at times, I know growth is right around the corner. When it comes to relationships, it is no surprise that he actually wrote the book because if you follow David's keen words of wisdom, you will have the best relationships of your life. When David is on your team, you are always in the best of hands.

    - Executive Producer, TEDxSantaBarbara
  • WOW! I highly recommend David as a speaker. He blew everyone away at the Georgia Tech Student Alumni Association's "Relationship Economics" presentation. Alumni and students alike bombarded him afterwards with questions and praise. AND David stayed at the post reception until the very end. One of the best speakers we've ever had!

    - Vice President of Events and Campus Relations at Georgia Tech Alumni Association
  • Nothing short of spectacular! His discussion about the importance of strategic business relationships and social networking strategies in long-term business success really resonated with my sales force. David exceeded our expectations and we have had nothing but positive feedback on his presentation.

    - President & CEO, Mobile Labs

Summary Profile

David is the author of several books including the bestselling Relationship Economics (Wiley), ConnectAbility(McGraw-Hill), The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger) and Return on Impact – Leadership Strategies for the Age of Connected Relationships (ASAE).

In addition he shares strategies and insight on The Nour Group’s blog, e-mail newsletters and social media assets reaching hundreds of thousands of executives and entrepreneurs across a broad base of industries and geographic markets.

An Eagle Scout, David is passionate about youth and supports multiple youth organizations as well as plays an active part in the Atlanta business community.

David came to the United States from Iran with nothing more than a suitcase, limited family ties and $100. He holds an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA degree in Management from Georgia State University.