David Ibarra is a community leader and successful business owner in Salt Lake City. David was raised in the Utah foster care system, and needed to blaze his own trail to success. At 28 years old he started his first business, beginning a career that spans the restaurant, automotive, and leadership consulting industries. As with many self-made people, giving back came hand in hand with success. For more than 30 years David has offered free weekly mentoring sessions to business owners, as well as personally provided full college scholarships to 89 Utah Latino students. David has two sons, and two grandchildren.
David’s story began in Salt Lake City in the late 1950’s as the son of a Zapotec Indian from Mexico and a white American mother from Salina, Utah. When his parents divorced, 2-year-old David and his 3-year-old brother Mickey were placed into foster care. Growing up in a community with very little diversity, the brothers were often the recipients of discrimination and prejudice for being mixed-race children. Eventually, as teenagers, they reconnected with their father in California, where David worked several odd jobs to make ends meet. Starting as a dishwasher at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant, David ultimately worked his way up to own a Farrell’s Franchise and several other restaurants in Utah.
David has held several positions for the Marriott Corporation, as well as becoming the General Manager of a large automobile dealership. These experiences, from entry level to management, prepared him to form the Ibarra companies, which include an insurance firm, brokerage firm, learning institute, and sales software companies. David is a well-known public speaker, trainer, and success coach who is invited to deliver keynote addresses all across the United States. David is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Salt Lake Community College.
David is a lifelong Democrat and was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors. David has also served as a board member for the Salt Lake International Airport, Utah Private Industry Council, Central Region Council of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Latino Leaders Network and Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Much of David’s personal charitable contributions are directed to the Ibarra Foundation, which David started to make college possible for Latino students by providing full tuition scholarships. Since 2004, 89 students have received a college education with the Foundation’s help. David also offers Wednesday night mentoring sessions for members of the community to bring their business ideas and concerns to him for advice.
Ready to Serve
David has been able to give back to the community in many ways, now he wants to offer up his skills, talents and abilities to Salt Lake City. David's not a politician and never will be — David is a servant of others and this is a time when Salt Lake City needs servant-like leadership. Salt Lake City needs a mayor that will take input, set goals, and execute. Our mayor must be able to manage multiple initiatives at a time in order to create a beautiful, prosperous and livable City. David has the discipline to get things done.