Since we began this podcast series three and a half years ago, we’ve met some amazing people doing incredible work, each making a difference in the opioid epidemic in their own way. Today’s guest is no exception. What sets him apart is the scope of his latest initiative and his sense of urgency in getting it done.
David Siegel is the founder and CEO of West Gate Resorts, the largest timeshare business in the world. He and his family were featured in a reality show as they began building a 90,000 square foot home in Orlando Florida, just as the real estate market crashed. But nothing could prepare him for the impact it would have on his family, and oldest daughter Victoria.
After losing Victoria to a drug overdose, David gave up running the day-to-day operations of his company, to dedicate his life to fighting the opioid crisis. He quickly learned that some of our leaders responsible for addressing this epidemic weren’t close enough to the issue to make any real change.
David took to traveling the country, meeting with those struggling with addiction and people in recovery, to learn about the opioid epidemic from the front lines. He quickly became an expert in the field, ready to take the fight to Congress and make rapid, meaningful change.