A seasoned entrepreneur, Dave has been a founder or principal in over a dozen start-up companies including computer services, medical personnel and services, restaurant, and consulting.
Dave is the President of Clark & Company, a real estate development and construction services company and Managing Partner of Katharine Square Partnership a commercial real estate venture based in Kingsport, Tennessee.
He served a four-year term to the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Other service includes: Kingsport Regional Planning Commission, the Economic Development Council; a Mountain States Healthcare Advisory Board; and the regional Bank of America Advisory Board. He also served as a Chamber Vice-President and Chairman of the Kingsport Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE). Writes a bi-weekly opinion column for the Kingsport Times-News.
Dave is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
He served for 23 years in the U.S. Army in various command and staff positions. As an Associate Professor at West Point, he taught Strategy and National Security Policy. He retired from U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.