Community Outreach and Playground Consultant
Dave joined the L&A team in 2007 after working as a volunteer on a playground build in his town. That experience jump-started Dave to continue to work with Leathers and empower others to invest themselves in the incredible process of building community as we build a playground! He brings over 20 years of experience working with volunteers on construction projects all around the world! He is a nationally certified playground safety inspector (CPSI) and knows the safety standards and guidelines that apply to today’s playgrounds.
Since that time, he has worked alongside thousands of volunteers who supply the “people-power” that enables communities to complete the playground of their children’s dreams! Dave has worked on L&A projects from coast-to-coast in the US, and is always coming up with new opportunities in other parts of the world through his many connections! His “people focus” really shines on our builds as he helps volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life discover hidden creativity and talents in their own lives! One of Dave’s greatest joys is working alongside volunteers in the building process as they explore new ways to build a component. His ready smile and positive energy are a great motivation for many! Dave is currently expanding his site consultant role to include connecting with past projects and assisting communities with plans for playground renovations, retrofits and replacements. “Dream Big” … and “you can do it” are two of Dave’s favorite sayings!
When Dave isn’t investing himself in helping communities build dream playgrounds, you can find him connecting people to service projects through his own non-profit organization, NEXT International. His passion is to help people invest themselves in serving others! The Northwoods of Wisconsin or the mountains of Colorado is where he likes to hang out during “down-time” as he enjoys a variety of out-of-doors activities with his wife and adult children.