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David Rotholz is managing principal of ROTHOLZ LLC. As a respected business leader and ardent supporter of the arts, David provides expertise in development management services for performing arts organizations and educational institutions. His approach to leadership creates inclusive work environments that encourage team members to deliver their absolute best. He is passionately committed to achieving superior design and functionality, while ensuring that his client’s budget goals are achieved.

David’s clients include: universities, colleges, museums, foundations, theatre companies, corporations, and governmental agencies. He has an established track record of delivering projects on time and on budget while achieving architectural excellence.

He is a board member and past board president of Cedille Chicago (2014-2017), a classical music record label. He previously served on the advisory board and executive committee for Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performance Arts. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Illinois and New York. David is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and earned his BS from Washington University, St. Louis.

When he is not working, David enjoys family and friends, attending performances in music, dance and theater. He starts his day with a strong cup of espresso and a mile swim.

What Others Say:

"I applaud David Rotholz for his exemplary managerial style, project management skills, and dedication to the Chicago community. David’s talent for leadership and creativity are a unique combination. I repeatedly witnessed David’s agile thinking and ability to address concerns in a timely manner while maintaining the very highest standards of quality and design.  Without hesitation, I enthusiastically recommend David." 

Richard S. Price: Chairman and CEO Mesirow Financial

“Never in my life have I worked on a real estate project where the leadership was so well demonstrated…There’s an old saying that there are people that you would trust with your money and there are people that you would trust with your children. Only rarely do you find someone that you would trust with both. In David Rotholz I found that man.”

Peter J. Birnbaum: President and CEO Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund Inc, Chief Justice Illinois Court of Claims

“I can recommend David with absolutely no reservations of any kind, and with undiluted enthusiasm. I have worked, over a career in arts administration of 53 years, with a wide range of project managers and professionals in all fields. David is at the very top of my list of people to recommend. I cannot say it more succinctly than that.”

Henry Fogel: Dean Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts, Former President Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Former President American League of Orchestras

“David is a skilled communicator and collaborator with an impressive knowledge of the development process – from inception through completion. He conveys this knowledge in a way that clients with little or no experience in construction can easily understand. David also has great respect for the expertise of others, making working with him a delight for all involved. I would be pleased to recommend him for any assignment, regardless of scale or scope.”

Jean Marie Gath: Managing Principal, Pfeiffer Partners Architects

“when I first met David I was so impressed with not only how much he knew about our organization, but also how much he genuinely believed in and cared about our mission and its importance….David is a highly personable professional, cares deeply about his work, is connected to the very best providers in the industry, and is an excellent leader. I am pleased to provide this recommendation and endorsement.”

Dale G. Rudy: Senior Vice President The Northern Trust Company, Board Chairman of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory

“I have worked with many Owners and Owner's Representative over the past three decades. David truly stands out among his peers. He gets the most of everyone's effort and expertise, ensuring the best outcome for the people he serves. He also sets the standard for a collaborative approach. Should you have the opportunity to work with him, you will not be disappointed!”

Robert Gallo: Executive Vice President Power Construction Company