David Thalmann

After a 30 years career in finance based in New York domestic and international corporate finance, private banking, mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance private equity I “retired” to Newport in 2004 having spent summers in Newport since the 1980s.

For ten years in Newport I served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Aquidneck Land Trust.  In 2016 I accepted an offer to be the Finance Director of the Redwood Library & Athenaeum, a position I still hold today.

I have served full terms on the Potter League, Newport Performing Arts Center and St. Michael’s Country Day School Board of Directors .  Currently I am a trustee on the Newport Hospital Power by Prince Foundation and the EJMP Fund for Philanthropy.

In addition to continuing my connection to the Aquidneck Land Trust as a member of the Finance Committee, I have served on the Finance Committee of the  Newport County Choir School.

I was raised as an Episcopalian as the son of Canon Frederick E. Thalmann who was rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Troy, NY) and summer intern at St. Anne’s By the Sea in Kennebunkport, ME.

While living in New York I was on the Junior Vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church (Park Avenue) and spent 8 years as a member of the usher core of St. Thomas Church (5th Avenue).

I have a deep connection to the great outdoors having had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout six continents (Antarctica remains) with highlights including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro twice to raise funds for an eye clinic being built in Flores, Guatemala; exploring the headwaters of the Amazon River; sailing the Galapagos Islands and the south Pacific islands; having a photography show in Zanzibar; touring six countries of Europe with an 18 member acapella group; being a guest of HRH Prince Phillip at Buckingham Palace for two days; serving as a Barclays Bank VP in charge of the US & British Virgin Islands and visiting friends living in Europe, Moscow, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Hong Kong and Japan.

My primary hobbies and interests include hiking, golf, 6-wicket croquet (member of the Newport Croquet Club – the oldest in America), photography, equestrian sports (esp. 4-in-hand coaching) theater (I performed in Off Broadway musical theater in NYC), canasta, mahjong and music music music!!!!  My local Newport memberships include the Clambake Club of Newport.