Executive Coach Profile
Bringer of Clarity
Bringer of Clarity



Like you, Dr. David Arrington is committed to making a massive impact. Arrington Coaching is the result of over a decade of coaching leaders and a desire to help leaders realize their full potential. David is passionate about personal development and is motivated by seeing the transformations his clients undergo. He thrives on helping individuals and organizations exponentially increase their leadership capabilities.


As an executive coach, David assists leaders from varied industries to experience tremendous success, align their teams, and better cope with stress. He is a trusted thinking partner helping business owners and business leaders turn down the noise, so they can make phenomenal decisions. David practices holistic coaching which allows his clients to succeed at work without failing at home. His clients generally enjoy significant revenue increases as they transition from overwhelmed to loving life again.


B.S. Computer Information Systems, Oakwood University, 1996

Masters of Divinity, Andrews University, 2004

Doctorate of Strategic Leadership, Concentration in Leadership Coaching, Regent University, 2016


Project Management – 20 Years
Keynote & Motivational Speaking – 20 Years
Entrepreneurship – 20 Years
Coaching – 16 Years
Organizational Leadership – 14 Years
Leadership Development – 16 Years
Non-Profit Experience – 12 years
Fundraising – 12 Years
Community Partnerships – 11 Years
Recruiting and Hiring – 2 Years


I have a wealth of leadership experience in both corporate and non-profit environments. I have worked in several industries and coached leaders and entrepreneurs from a number of different backgrounds and industries. This has given me a broad understanding of what is necessary to lead and succeed. I have honed my skills of negotiation, persuasion, leadership and communication. My experiences have sharpened my ability to identify and execute solutions. I have managed small to million dollar projects. I try to draw the best out of my clients and help them gain the clarity and focus they need to function at their highest level.


I have worked to hone my skills of negotiation, persuasion, leadership and communication. My experiences have sharpened my ability to identify numerous options and isolate and execute the best. My project management experience ranges from small to million dollar projects. I try to draw the best out of my clients and help them gain the clarity and focus they need to function at their highest level.


My work as a pastor has sharpened my people skills, my listening skills and given me a more holistic approach to coaching. My faith plays a large role in my life and provides the backdrop for everything I do. For clients that request it, I integrate spiritual concepts into the coaching process.


Keynote Speaking
Executive Coaching
Performance Coaching
Business Coaching
Creating Custom Workshops and Training

Change Leadership
Strategic Planning
Helping Establish a Work/Life Balance
Clarifying Primary Goals
Remediating Derailing Behaviors
Organizational Training
Business Process Improvement


Dr. Arrington has nearly 20 years of leadership experience which includes start-up, non-profit , and multinational Fortune 100 organizations. He began his career with ExxonMobil, has served as North American Recruiting Manager for Schlumberger Omnes and has pastored for over a decade. He holds a bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems, a master’s in Divinity with an emphasis in counseling; and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a concentration in Leadership Coaching.


David’s guiding coaching philosophy is that his clients hold the keys to their success. He knows it’s not nearly as important to have the right answers as it is to ask the right questions. By providing a safe, non-judgmental space, David helps his clients turn down the noise in order to distinguish between the urgent and the important. This leads to more profitable decision making.


As an executive coach David helps organizations and leaders achieve their desired results quickly. He has a unique way of identifying the primary pain points and moving his clients to a place of insight and action. In addition to coaching, David feeds his passion for helping people reach their full potential through keynoting, training, and facilitating conferences.


David understands and teaches that character is the foundation of success in any endeavor. He gives back to the community by speaking with community groups and schools. He is currently working with at-risk high school students through his Imagine Me program which is designed to draw the best out of every student. Students who participate are given the inspiration, motivation, and tools to become successful regardless of their circumstances. Through this program, he is changing individual futures and impacting the next generation.

David has coached numerous leaders from diverse business and leadership backgrounds to remarkable ends. He is a devoted husband and a loving father of three.


Coaching Leader
Results-oriented leader focused on bettering those he leads

Proven expertise in executive coaching and leadership development, creating a shared vision, strategic planning, project and program management, organizational development, and implementing organizational change. Excellent track record of accomplishment in planning and administering successful business programs to dramatically improve operational, financial and business infrastructures, and profitability. Collaborates effectively with C-level stakeholders to prioritize activities and achieve defined objectives. Authentic, character-focused executive able to effectively translate business requirements into operational solutions. Broad experience across many aspects of business from operations management, recruiting, and P/L responsibility within multiple industries.


Executive Coaching • Change Leadership • Program Management
Process Redesign • Strategic Planning • Leadership Development • P/L Responsibility
Team Management • Budget Management • Organizational Leadership
Entrepreneurship • Business Strategy • Relationship Development • Negotiation
Staff Recruitment / Training • Multi-Industry Expertise • Business Management
Community Engagement • Entrepreneurship • Non-profit Management • Fundraising
Collaborative Leadership • Customer Relations • Multi-Generational Leadership


ARRINGTON COACHING, Suffolk, VA                                                                                       2012 – Current
Executive Coach / CEO
• Coach business leaders and executives honing leadership styles, addressing undermining assumptions and correcting limiting behaviors.
• Align leadership teams.
• Provide leadership and organizational consulting.
• Facilitate organizational alignment through assessment and reporting.
• Assist business leaders clarify their business model and understand their markets.
• Facilitate leadership workshops.
• Create customized leadership training based on organizational needs.
• Maintain lead management and sales funnel activity.
• P/L Responsibility.


ALLEGHENY EAST CONFERENCE, Pine Forge, PA / Chesapeake, VA                                            2003 – 2016
Organizational Leader
• Worked with organizational leaders to create and cast a shared vision.
Chaired several committees.
• P/L Responsibility.
• Coached organizational leaders.
• Managed multiple teams from 10 to 150 people.
• Successfully delivered stalled $1.24M construction project on time and under budget.
• Improved organizational structure and direction by leading team through strategic planning exercises.
• Worked with organizational leaders to develop annual budget.
• Developed leadership training initiatives.
• Organized multiple organization-wide, community-facing events, promoting employee buy-in.
• Developed partnerships with corporations and community organization to reach goals.


SCHLUMBERGER OMNES, Houston, TX                                                                                       1999 – 2001
North American Recruiting Manager
• Staffed new, high-profile consulting business unit with 32 new hires within four-month time frame.
• Controlled $600K budget.
• Developed global recruitment process and interview schedule to ensure acquisition of industry-leading talent.
• Held final hiring authority, and assigned new hires to specific geographic regions.
• Presented recruiting processes and methods to worldwide organizational leadership in Paris.
• Exceeded recruiting targets by 31%, enabling business unit to begin operations on schedule.
• Received promotion to worldwide recruiting coordinator due to project being delivered on time and under budget.
• P/L Responsibility.


Network Engineer
• Managed design of VPN with input throughout entire lifecycle, including gathering requirements, defining project scope, selected equipment, testing, security and global installation.
• Developed end user documentation to facilitate roll-out and ongoing network operations.
• Identified international network hub locations and qualified local bandwidth providers for service availability, bandwidth reliability and cost. Provided comprehensive technical support.


Entrepreneur, HOUSTON, TX                                                                                                                  1998 – 1999
• Built successful marketing business from ground up within six months. Prospected and secured clients, handled production schedules and created marketing products for local businesses.
• Developed websites and print-based advertising media.
• P/L Responsibility.


EXXON CHEMICAL COMPANY, Houston, TX                                                                                      1996 – 1998
Systems Analyst 
• Designed dial-in VPN solution that served as front-end for Citrix server farm. Selected hardware, secured best pricing, and outlined and finalized dial-in process which was used as a template for the global roll out.
• Documented project and communicated milestones to senior management.
• Managed Knowledgebase System Document Conversion Project. Led five-member team in project planning, converted integrated documentation into database, and ensured adherence to timeframe and budget deliverables.
• Served as project lead for Exxon Chemical Company Global Modem Pooling Project.



Doctorate in Strategic Leadership, 2016 – Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
Master of Divinity, 2004 – Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, 1996 – Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL



Human Focus of Leadership; Leadership Theory and Development; Strategic Planning, Design & Implementation; Values and Ethics for Leaders and Organizations; Organizational Structures, Systems and Environments; Global Strategic Leadership; Future Organizational Design & Leadership Studies; Coaching as a Profession, History, Theory & Skill Building, Advanced Coaching Models



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