A 13 year resident of the Warehouse District in Cleveland, Ohio, David Rabinsky was born and raised in the east side of the city. After studying abroad and receiving a hospitality degree from the Tadmor School of Hospitality Management in Herzliya, Israel, he returned to Cleveland and opened David's Gourmet, Inc., an off premise catering company in Cleveland Heights operating from 1983 through 1999. After selling his business, David immediately joined The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland and is currently the director of social catering. His responsibilities include selling all social events, primarily wedding celebrations at the hotel and The Silver Grille in the Higbee building.In his late 30s, David was diagnosed with the familial genetic condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa and then noticed the slow loss of peripheral and ultimately most of his central vision. At present, some 15 years with the condition, David can see light and dark and occasionally can notice some shapes. David and 4 year-old guide dog, Kody, greet perspective clients in the Motor Lobby of the hotel and escort them to appropriate venues throughout the hotel. Between appointments, David drafts custom proposals on his office computer which is adapted with voice technology, allowing him to keep up with the technology-driven modern brides. David and Kody can be seen traversing the streets of downtown, particularly in the Warehouse District neighborhood. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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