David Cresson

David Cresson

David Cresson worked for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the past eight years, including the last two as president of the OLOL Foundation, where he helped create several new fundraising programs.

He says he learned a great deal there about business ethics and how to treat others in general from his time with the hospital. His new job involves overseeing fundraising, communications and advocacy for the Coastal Conservation Association, which works to protect Louisiana’s coastal resources.

“Some of the best times I can remember as a young boy were on the boat with my dad, catching trout and redfish,” Cresson says. Now he has the opportunity to help ensure that other fathers and other families will have that same chance, he says.

Cresson serves on the board for Youth Oasis, which provides resources and shelter for homeless, runaway and neglected youths who might otherwise be on the streets, and says he’s been inspired by the toughness and resilience of those kids. In 2001, he established a charity golf tournament in the memory of his son, Jay, who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2000. The tournament has been sold out every year and has raised nearly $250,000 for SIDS education and research, he says.

“We went through all the typical ‘why us?’ denials that everybody does,” Cresson says. “People that have supported the effort have helped us create a legacy for Jay that most people won’t have in an entire lifetime.”

What is the best advice you ever received?

“Always look for the best in people. Don’t let others tell you how to form your opinions about another person.”

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