Since his twenties, Dave has embraced opportunities to push past boundaries, overcome fears, challenge uncertainty and connect with the elements. Throughout his adult life, Dave’s journey has taken him around the world, where he has pursued extreme sports, including high altitude alpine climbing; met with tribal leaders and medicine men in Africa and Asia; drawn inspiration from Buddhist masters on the Tibetan Plateau; playfully interacted with rare mountain gorillas in the African Congo; and extensively traveled throughout the Middle East and South America.
In 1988, he began a successful 13-year career with Recreational Equipment, Incorporated (REI), where he worked his way up the corporate ladder to become the youngest vice president in the company’s then history. He coached over 200 future leaders, including “youth at risk,” whom he guided on 28-day mountaineering trips through the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School.
By 2001, he became aware that he was “stuck” in a daily routine. He was present to a knowing to explore something different, something that utilized his passion for people and his interest in the world beyond what is seen. Intuitively, he knew it was time to close that chapter and begin a new journey.
Shortly thereafter, Dave left REI and, during a one-year sabbatical, began seeking enlightenment and clarity. During this period, Dave worked with a professional life coach who guided him through a process of inquiry. During the process, he awakened a deep spirituality that inspired him to pursue work that touched people’s lives at a much higher level.