Dr. David L. Amati

David L. Amati, Ph.D. founded Global Business Associates, LLC in 2009 to provide business development and leadership services to global corporate customers and nonprofit organizations. His company is currently engaged with global-based organizations, major corporate technology companies and non-profits. Immediately prior to his current business focus he was the Director of Global Automotive Business (Warrendale, PA) and SAE Automotive Headquarters (Troy, MI) for The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International), a 501 c 3 professional technical organization serving 115,000 mobility professionals worldwide.

Currently, he is responsible for global client business development services introducing breakthrough and patented technology to identified corporations in North America as well as providing business development and leadership services to non-profits. At SAE International, he was responsible for developing and implementing business development initiatives and strategic direction to SAE’s Global Automotive Business Initiatives, its automotive headquarters in Detroit, and the SAE Automotive Resources Institute-an organization dedicated to providing technical and business leaders to industry.

Dr. Amati directed the Annual SAE World Congress, its staff and industry leadership teams. This project was designated as SAE’s primary business initiative. Dr. Amati was also responsible for direct supervision of the Automotive Business Project Initiatives and oversight for SAE’s cross-functional automotive matrix teams. These initiatives included the non-North American-based new automobile manufacturers and partnerships with international industry organizations.

Dr. Amati has held professional leadership positions in other major non-profit organizations, including the Material Handling Institute, Inc., a 501 c 6 trade association that consisted of nearly 400 manufacturing companies that produced traditional to highly advanced and automated material handling equipment, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, a 501 c 3 technical and trade association that consisted of 10,00 individual members and more than 500 corporate members. He also serves as the Director of Business Development for the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association and is a member of their Foundation Board of Directors.

He was active with a number of automotive business and civic organizations including a six-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, World Bridge (Office of International Programs) at Wayne State University in Detroit and the Board of Directors of The Dapper Dan Charities in Pittsburgh. He served as President of the Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania and is a Founding Member of Building America’s Tomorrow- a 501 c 3 organization dedicated to re-invigorating America’s interest in manufacturing.

Dr. Amati holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Amati’s productive career included teaching and central staff administrative positions within the Pittsburgh Public School System. During his tenure there, he led the Pittsburgh Administrators Association, a non-profit with 300 school administrator members, as their President. Following his career in education, he moved on into the non-profit sector.

He established the David L. and Nancy M. Sivek-Amati Early Childhood/Elementary Education Scholarship, honoring his late wife’s memory and exceptional teaching career. This endowed scholarship is awarded each year to deserving California University of Pennsylvania students majoring in early childhood/elementary education.

In January 2010, Dr. Amati was elected to the post of Vice President for the Foundation Board of Directors for California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Amati and his wife Kathleen were Honorary Chairs for the 2010 California University of Pennsylvania President’s Gala. In the spring of 2009, he was awarded the 2009 Alumnus of the Year Award from School of Graduate Studies and research from the same university. In the spring of 2008, he addressed the California University graduating class as their commencement speaker with his message of ‘In Search of Wisdom.’ In 2006, Dr. Amati received the California University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association’s W.S. Jackman Award of Distinction awarded to members of the University family who have gained regional, state or international recognition in their professions.

Today, he lives with his wife Kathleen O’Connor-Amati, an educator in the Pittsburgh Public School System, who holds both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Their daughter Kerry, studied at the University of Pittsburgh and will graduate in December 2015 from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.