With over 20 years of professional event programming & emcee experience, TrivWorks™ founder & CEO David Jacobson is regarded as the industry’s leading expert on trivia for corporate entertainment & team building game shows. He has personally produced & emceed over 2,000 trivia events nationwide for small startup firms to multinational Fortune 500 brands, and has appeared as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, BizBash, Entrepreneur, Successful Meetings, CNBC.com, AP and other outlets.
Prior to TrivWorks™, David served from 2006-2012 as Director of Adult Programs at Manhattan’s renowned 92nd Street Y, where he oversaw 500+ adult education, enrichment and experiential learning programs annually. His previous work experience includes client service and events roles at Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations, Jazz at Lincoln Center and NYC River to River Festival, as well as City Hunt, a team building scavenger hunt company, where he served as a hunt writer, producer and host.
While working at 92Y, in 2006 David began hosting bar trivia nights in Manhattan & Brooklyn, eventually becoming named NYC’s best trivia host by Time Out New York, New York Magazine and CBS New York. He founded TrivWorks™ in 2009 as a side business in response to the global economic crisis, taking it full-time in 2012.
In 2016 David relocated to Southern California, where he oversees a roster of hand-picked corporate trivia emcees, celebrities and “Special Talent” hosts based in NYC, to lead TrivWorks events nationwide.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tufts University, a master’s degree in music & entertainment business from New York University, and a graduate certificate in professional organizational leadership from Columbia University. When not producing or hosting trivia events, he enjoys reading, blogging, karaoke, and serving as a board member at his local JCC. He lives in Southern California with his two children.
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