David Host was born in Newport News, Virginia, and was educated in Virginia schools, graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1976, and later receiving his master’s degree from William & Mary. In 1977, he joined the shipping agency established by his grandfather in 1923, T. Parker Host, Inc., as the third-generation of family leadership. Since 1977, David has worked in all capacities within the company structure. 

Currently he serves on many local boards associated with the maritime and coal industries including the Hampton Roads Shipping Association, the Mariners’ Museum, the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents, the National Cargo Bureau, the Virginia Maritime Association, and the Eastern Coal Council. Since 1996, he has served as the Honorary Consul for Finland for Virginia and West Virginia, and since 1988 he has served as a member on the Planning Board for Ocean Shipping for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

For the greater Hampton Roads community, David sits on the Board of Governors for the Town Point Club and is the Norfolk District Port Champion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.