Name: David McWater
Hometown: New York, New York, USA
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, USA
A graduate of New York University, McWater founded a business representing American basketball players in foreign countries while still an undergrad. He eventually sent hundreds of players overseas, including dozens of former NBA players. He briefly was the youngest general manager in the history of professional basketball.
In 1992 he opened his first tavern. He has opened sixteen taverns in New York City, many are bastions of the nightlife scene and have been featured in the national media.
He is active in politics and civic works. He was appointed to Manhattan’s Community Board 3 in April of 2000. In June of 2004 he was elected Chair of CB3, a role he filled for four terms. He served as the Chair of the Land Use Committee on CB3 until late 2013 and is widely known for having authored the Lower East Side/East Village rezoning. Later he spearheaded the process to bring an agreement on the development of the Seward Park Urban Renewal sites, the largest area of undeveloped land in Manhattan south of 96th street. The agreement ended the forty-four year fight over SPURA and will now provide housing for over 500 low income families as well as 400,000 square feet of commercial development and 500 market rate homes. In all it will be 1.1 billion dollar development.
He served as President of the East Village Chamber of Commerce from 1998-2003, and as Vice President of the New York Nightlife Association from 1998-2004. He has served on the board of The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and has served on various city task forces.
In 2002, in response to 9-11 He founded The Lower East Side Gauchos Baseball program. The Gauchos became a nationally powerful travel program appearing in several World Series and sending dozens of players to the college ranks.
He is a long time member of The Society for American Baseball Research, and the largest contributor to the database of high schools attended of players from before 1964. He also currently serves as an editor for Boxrec.com.
After years of working with Don Elbaum, McWater ventured out and began managing boxers on his own. He currently operates Split-T Management.
He is an avid genealogist, sports fan, and a former professional poker player.