In December 2010, Donald was appointed as the Company’s CFO, Treasurer and Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors. In November 2014, he briefly retired from his role as First Choice’s CFO, but returned in March 2015. Donald brings our Company more than 30 years’ experience working with companies as an officer, board member and consultant. Before joining the First Choice leadership team, he served as President and Chairman of Associated Mortgage of North America and President of DA Bittar and Associates, Inc., a management and technology consulting firm that he founded in 1980. From 1969 to 1980, he was Chairman, President and CEO of Marine Telephone, Inc.
At the age of 22, Donald was recognized as one of the youngest individuals in history at that time to earn a broker dealer license, subsequently leading Bittar Securities, a stock brokerage firm based on Wall Street in New York City. Among other notable career accomplishments, he served as a project manager at General Electric, tasked with developing and implementing Medinet, the nation’s first shared hospital information system, which was deployed in New York University Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and Mass General. At Western Union, he succeeded in introducing the nation’s first barcode application for use at New York University Hospital, and pioneered one of the first automated medical record management systems to better manage inner city pediatric patients for Bellevue Hospital.
Since 1969, he has also taught finance, management and information technology at several leading undergraduate and graduate schools. Currently, Donald is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, College of Business, where he was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2013.