David Tharp serves as Executive Director at the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) with offices located in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. David began his association career in 1993 as the Director of Finance and Administration with a promotion to Executive Director taking place in 1997.
David has served on the board of directors for many food safety related organizations including the 3-A Sanitary Standards, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, the Partnership for Food Safety Education and is currently serving on the UL Environmental and Public Health Council. His degree in Business Administration was earned from Drake University with a major in Accounting. In addition, David is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.