Founder of DPN & Estate Jobs
Domestic Placement Network
David Gonzalez is the owner and creator of EstateJobs.com, the online job board for private service employment, and Domestic Placement Network, a national placement agency. David's insight into home management and staffing comes from several years of personal interaction with high profile clients around the world while traveling as Personal Assistant and House Manager to a radio and TV personality. Through his role as House Manager, and now as owner of a domestic agency and job board site, he understands the many nuances of the private staffing business. He is the author of “The Insider’s Guide to Household Staffing, 2nd Ed, Private Service Secrets They DO Want You to Know,” and has been quoted in several major publications including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Ritz Carlton Magazine, and on CBS Radio. His office and home are in Ojai, California where he lives with his wife Lea and their two daughters.
David grew up in Connecticut and attended Penn State University where he earned a degree in Marketing in 1992. After college he went to work for a boutique money manager in New York City, learning many aspects of providing services to high net worth clientele. He left New York for Atlanta, Georgia where he focused on the retail sector, helping establish a gourmet espresso bar and managing several cellular phone stores. A few years later after moving back to New York to work retail on Madison Ave, his career path took a strange turn. “I had met a very interesting radio and TV personality while living in Atlanta and we stayed in touch when I moved to Manhattan. His media career was really taking off and he needed more help. I took a chance and moved down to Florida to work with him on all of his new projects. Little did I know that I had just become a Personal Assistant and House Manager rolled into one!”
David spent the next several years traveling worldwide, in service to not just his employer, but working on a very personal level with exclusive clients. He was privileged to see “both sides of the coin” as an Assistant behind the scenes, and at times as an honored guest in the estates, cars, yachts, and jets of celebrities and top business personalities. After a few years in this intensive, 24/7 service role, the search for a new position led him to the Domestic Agency business where he discovered a perfect fit for all of his talents. With experience as Household Manager and Personal Assistant, a true understanding of the luxury lifestyle, and a solid business background, he started Domestic Placement Network. He quickly established the agency as a national presence in the field and gained a reputation for being informative and helpful to candidates and clients alike. “All my life has been about service, and now I am lucky enough to help others find their ideal service relationships. It is truly rewarding to be in such a win-win situation.”
David built and launched EstateJobs.com at the end of 2005, responding to the needs of the private service industry to have its own job categories that are not served by the larger career sites. EstateJobs has grown steadily to become the top job board for the high end private staffing niche. “The feedback about the job board has been exceptional. There was definitely a need for current, professional technology to be applied in our little known industry, and many employers and candidates have used the site to make successful connections.” Running estatejobs.com has positioned David as a “go to” resource for information on the private staffing industry. With this unique insight he continues to guide clients and staff through the hiring process using both the agency services and the online job site. In addition, he has helped other agency owners start and expand their own businesses, both locally and nationwide.