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Monterey Peninsula, Northern California

Dave is not a multi-generational central coast native. His story is very different. In fact, he is the first generation of his family to leave his small tobacco farming Kentucky town that had 300 residents and a log cabin post office and bank. Dave orchestrated his exit at the age of 17 with the assistance of the local army recruiter. His enlistment in the army was cut short after basic training in that he was immediately offered a chance to become an officer and receive a college education at the University of Kentucky, thus also making him the first generation of his family to attend college. He met his future wife, Leilani, in none other than army ROTC class. Dave was commissioned a second lieutenant in the army and sent to Germany, where he was on duty for the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of Operation Desert Storm. The army later sent Dave to Boston University to receive his MBA and then to Hawaii. After leaving Hawaii, Dave was assigned duty at the Presidio of Monterey as the scholarship officer administrating the Army ROTC Scholarship Program for 21 universities on the West Coast. He fell in love with the Monterey Peninsula and decided to leave the service to raise his family locally. Dave worked in finance for a large local resort, and while remodeling his home in Pebble Beach, found a passion for homes and construction. He then started a division of a local construction company that expanded to 60 employees and performed approximately 400 residential construction projects. Leilani, in the meantime, went into real estate. Dave and Leilani decided to work together as a team in 2004 and have been consistent local top producers since.

Dave credits hard work, aptitude and attitude for his success in the army. He credits the army for his uncommon ability to work with diversity and his extraordinary sense of selfless service, devotion and attention to detail. He never forgets the challenging journey he experienced when making the Monterey Peninsula his home, and he is committed to helping others realize that dream.

Dave is also an active member of the community and has served as a scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 90 for 12 years. He has camped over 300 nights and hiked over 1,000 miles, helping to mentor nearly 50 boys in becoming Eagle Scouts. Following his passion for fitness and charity, Dave is a member of the Board of Directors for the Big Sur International Marathon.

Dave and Leilani have two sons, Grant and Dean, who are both graduates of Pacific Grove High School. Grant has since graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. He serves as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and sails as a third officer for Transocean Corporation. Dean is a midshipman candidate at the United States Naval Academy.