That Job Guy’s Bio

Here’s the Basics

I was born & raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. My mom is a piano teacher and my dad retired after a long career with the State of Iowa. I have a younger brother who is an embedded systems engineer.

I attended Valley High School until 1982 and began my college career at Des Moines Area Community College (aka D-Mac). I transferred to the University of Northern Iowa where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

My wife Kelli and I are proud parents of two boys, Zach & Seth. I’ve been with RiverPoint for seventeen years and currently am the Director of Recruiting for their KC office.  It’s a great job working for and with great people.  I hit the “career lottery” in 2000 and am very passionate about what I get to do for a living.

Check out my LinkedIn Profile if you’d like a complete professional history.

Beyond the Basics

I love spending time with my family on regular summer trips, time at the lake, coaching baseball & basketball, watching the Chiefs & Royals and playing Rock Band or Wii bowling from time to time. Whether we’re out shopping, playing a game or just hanging out around the house the time I spend with my family is priceless.

Being born into a musical household gave me a passion for music and over the years I’ve gained various levels of ability on the following instruments: guitar, bass guitar, drums, pianos and cello.  Over the past 30 years I’ve been in countless bands from 4th Grade Orchestra & Junior High Jazz to bar & dance bands.  As a matter of fact, this one time at band camp….  Well.  Never mind.  Currently I’m the bass player / drummer / guitarist at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church in Lees Summit.  Not all that the same time – I;m their “utility infielder” and plug whatever hole needs to be filled in a given week.

Here’s your “Dave Fun Fact” – my favorite classical composer is Frank Zappa. I firmly believe that 100 years from now he will be considered along with other late 19th century and early 20th century greats like Gershwin, Stravinsky, Copeland & Bernstein. In the 20th century he was famous for Valley Girl and Yellow Snow.  In the 22nd century they’ll know him because of The Yellow Shark.

Finally, and most importantly, I am a Christian. I love God. I am thankful that He loved me enough to send his Son Jesus Christ. I am always happy to share my faith, but I don’t believe you will win people to Christ by beating them over the head with the Bible. Christ’s message to us is one of love and forgiveness, not crime and punishment. God built “That Job Guy” for a reason and I am thankful to be able to serve Him.

5 Responses to “That Job Guy’s Bio”

  1. Glenn Schmidt says:

    Hey Dave!
    Not sure if you remember me from my Riverpoint days. Just checked out your That Job Guy website for the first time. Looks great! It was great to hear you boldly proclaim Christ there too.

    I also came across your link to the career transition ministry and therein I read you June 9 post about your “sister” and her battle with breast cancer. My Mom is a BC survivor too. But I felt compelled to write because cancer is on my mind an awful lot lately. I have a close cousin in Edmonton who is my age and apparently has not been given much time to live. He and I have been praying together and conversing by phone and email but he’s losing the strength to fight.

    I don’t know why I feel compelled to tell you all this. Guess I just saw a connection with a Christian brother who has been in the same scary place that I am in now.

    Take care and God bless you!


  2. Robert Rhoades says:

    Dave was given your site address by a friend who was at DST systems I have been unemployed since March of last year I cannot find a thing what to do? Im at wits end, I love your web page and looks like you put lots of HEART into it I just hope i can hit something real soon.

  3. Just shot you an email – give me a call when you can.

  4. JL Johnson says:

    Hi, David:

    I’ve followed you on Twitter for years and recently discovered your blog chock-full of handy information. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the public service you provide, you are appreciated. It is rare to find folks who are sincerely passionate about what they do, and are so willing to share their insights.

  5. David T. says:

    Thanks JL – I appreciate your kind words. Please let me know if there’s anything I can ever do to help you!

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