Chief Executive Officer
David B. Knott (Dave) has spent a nearly 20 year career in executive level positions in business, finance, and, investments across the media & entertainment and financial sectors. Prior to joining HFF, Dave was President and CFO of Mad Old Nut Productions, Inc. (MONP), a multilevel media and entertainment company based in Los Angeles providing post-production products and services to some of the most popular and successful TV shows in the world including, The Walking Dead, Gotham, Supergirl and The Flash. Dave oversaw all business activities of the company, including accounting, finance, legal, real estate, tax and transaction analyses, resulting in +300% organic sales growth during his tenure. Dave was also on the Board of Directors and remains a shareholder.
Prior to joining MONP, Dave began his career in finance in 2001, working for Cantor Fitzgerald in New York. In 2004, he was selected as one of a three-person team to start Cantor Fitzgerald’s equity business in Asia and relocated to Hong Kong. Dave was promoted to Director of Asian Equity Derivatives and also became one of the youngest Equity Partners of Cantor Fitzgerald LP in the company’s history.
Dave graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in finance and was a member of the Varsity Golf Team. He is a past Treasurer of the Georgetown Club of Hong Kong and currently a member of the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA) and an Alumni Admissions Interviewer. David also serves on the Board of Directors, Finance Committee and Development Committee of PAVE (pavingtheway.net), a national nonprofit that works to shatter the silence of sexual violence through advocacy, education and survivor support.