J. David Nelms

Director of Technology Management

David Nelms serves as a member of Warren Whitney’s management team of for-profit and not-for-profit clients. He works with firms in the areas of technology and operations, where he provides services ranging from strategic planning to ongoing management of teams and key initiatives. David brings more than 25 years of experience leading organizational change and managing strategic initiatives related to technology and operations. He typically serves clients in the role of interim CIO, COO, or Chief of Staff.

Roles & Areas of Expertise:

  • Interim CIO
  • Interim COO
  • Interim Chief of Staff
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Planning & Budgeting
  • Business & Technology Integration
  • IT Planning & Governance
  • Vendor Management
  • Leadership Development & Mentoring
  • Oversight of Internal Resources
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance

Education & Certifications:

  • BS in Computer Science, The College of William & Mary

Professional & Volunteer Associations:

  • Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Innsbrook, Member

David’s focus is on helping firms maintain cost effectiveness, ensure regulatory compliance, improve internal efficiencies, enhance strategic use of technology, and maintain alignment of technology and operations with corporate objectives and customer needs.

David joined Warren Whitney to build a technology practice area after nearly six years as owner and principal consultant of Convergent Business Solutions, a Richmond-based management consulting firm providing fractional CIO/COO services for mid-sized businesses across a variety of industries. As part of the Convergent team, David served clients in a variety of industries, including banking, not-for-profit, long term care, industrial services, and NASCAR. Convergent’s focus and reputation, along with David’s leadership experience, made a logical fit for merger with Warren Whitney.

Prior to forming Convergent, David served in senior management roles for a variety of organizations. Most recently, he was CIO for First Market Bank, a $1.4B regional bank with more than 35 branches. In this role, he acted as a catalyst for organizational change and built the organization’s first internal IT department.

Before joining First Market Bank, David was Assistant Vice President of Store Systems and a corporate officer for Circuit City Stores, Inc., a $10B+ retailer of consumer electronics with more than 600 stores nationwide. In addition to these roles, David has worked with regional, national, and international firms to implement technologies, ensure regulatory compliance, and enhance operating efficiency.