An electrical engineer at heart, a former Top 40 disc jockey (ah, now you get the podcast angle), and an entrepreneurial sophophile, David Van Allen has been starting and running businesses and advising company leadership for over 30 years. He's worked in the technology, aviation, manufacturing, broadcast and software industries starting new companies, and adding value as executive leadership for others. Like most who dare to try, Dave had his fair share of successes because he surrounds himself with smart people enabled to succeed.
As an example, Dave took one of his companies from a small start-up with just two people through a successful international IPO with over 200 employees in less than 8 years.
But there have also been failures and disappointments along the way, and those are the ones he loves to talk about the most. He says that’s where “hurting now helps later” and people should hear those stories. At the podcast My Job Here Is Done™, Dave explores those experiences along with the trials and tribulations of others he has known over the years - all with the hope that these stories will give you an advantage over your competition.
Today, aside from co-hosting My Job Here Is Done, Dave is a consultant for leadership in growing companies, as he says "that are unafraid to declare themselves the winner." He loves marketing, selling, and doing customer service "very very right", often designing new foundations for success in those areas for the clients he helps. He also works with investors and PE firms who need due diligence expertise for M&A activity, or interim leadership to help right a listing ship.
What's fun for Dave? He's a pilot, a newly minted health geek, australian shepherd lover and foodie.