David L. Costello
David Costello brings more than 20 years of experience in business development, government affairs, public relations and association management experience to his work as Executive Director of the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coaltion. David is a strategic business leader with a demonstrable track record of successful corporate and product positioning, market development, crisis communications, product creation and team building. He is known as a creative leader who drives a culture of excellence and customer satisfaction. David has hard-won expertise at devising and delivering successful business strategies that lead to long term, profitable results. In addition, David has been a registered Federal lobbyist for the past 10 years, with a primary focus on advocacy on behalf of U.S. manufacturing companies.
In 2009, David co-founded the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition (WPRC) www.warriorprotection.net, a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization. David grew the WPRC from original concept to a robust membership consisting of more than 34 leading companies in the organizational clothing and personal protective equipment space. David has led the effort to educate Congress on the need for sustained, base budget funding for the critical clothing and equipment that protects America’s men and women in uniform. Through his advocacy efforts, the WPRC has successfully achieved supporting congressional language in the Fiscal Year 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 National Defense Authorization Acts and has led the WPRC to being recognized within the Pentagon as the association that represents the warfighter equipment industry.
Prior to founding the WPRC, David had co-founded the GEN III Coalition, an American textile industry advocacy organization. The GEN III Coalition had a primary objective of ensuring full funding for the Army’s new Extended Cold Weather Clothing System-Generation III. This industry advocacy effort resulted in the complete funding of $1.2 billion towards the fulfillment of the 5-year GEN III contract, an advocacy effort that has had a tremendously positive impact on the combat efficacy of the deployed soldier as well as on the health of the U.S. textile industry.
David interacts regularly with key administrative and legislative offices for Appropriations, Armed Services, Small Business and Homeland Security Committees and has long-standing relationships with program managers at military development labs across the country.
Director of Government Affairs
Dan Sadowski contributes to the holistic Federal government advocacy success of the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition as Director of Government Affairs. Dan has over a decade of experience executing creative and impactful trade association advocacy programs designed to achieve the policy goals of all member companies.
Prior to joining WPRC, Dan was responsible for the direction of Congressional relationship development for a large automotive trade association with over 6,500 member companies nationwide. Dan represented the shared policy goals of this diverse industry to drive positive outcomes and develop lasting relationships with key policymakers. Dan’s work developing working partnerships resulted in several legislative successes, including bills signed into law and policy language expanding opportunities for member companies to develop business.
Previously, Dan was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as liaison between state, local, and municipal governments and the U.S. Department of Labor. He began his career as an aide to New York State Governor George Pataki and Lt. Governor Mary O. Donohue. When not representing WPRC members on Capitol Hill, Dan can be found cheering on his favorite New York sports teams. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stonehill College and resides in Massachusetts with his wife and two young sons.
Director of Public Affairs
Patrick has over 10 years of experience working on national security issues including several years spent creating and drafting legislation and advising Members of Congress on defense and foreign affairs policy.
Prior to joining Rising Tide Associates, Patrick served as the Military Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis of New York’s 11th Congressional district. In this role, he oversaw the Congresswoman’s national security and defense portfolio, including her assignment to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as her Ranking Member position on the International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact Subcommittee.
Before moving to Washington, Patrick was selected by the United States Marine Corps to serve as a Presidential Security Marine for the Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) serving under both President Bush and President Obama. During his time with the Marines, he conducted over 100 missions with the President of the United States across the globe on behalf of the Department of Defense and the Executive Branch of government.
Patrick’s military service and legislative background has allowed him to build a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of military policy and the needs of the warfighter. His advocacy is rooted in a deep commitment to supporting and safeguarding those who serve in our nation’s defense, with a focus on providing them with the best possible equipment and resources.
Patrick is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.