Consultant Spotlight - David: Unconventional Grit

September 12, 2023

The Consultant Spotlight recognizes and tells the stories of those who not only impact our organization in a positive way but also impact the lives of other people, places, things, and much more.

Meet David, whose unwavering determination and commitment to personal growth paved the way for his success in the technology sector.

David's career journey is nothing short of remarkable. It is a testament to his unwavering determination, relentless pursuit of excellence, and his commitment to personal growth. From his beginnings in sales and marketing to his current role at Blend360, David's story is an inspiration to all those who dare to dream big.

David's journey started with a background in Sales and Marketing for a merchandising agency. With each passing year, he climbed the corporate ladder, eventually landing a prestigious role as a VP of Sales, where he successfully managed a team of 32 people and forged valuable connections inthe international business and banking sectors.

However, David's path was not without its challenges. One notable hurdle was his decision to sell his book business and embark on a career in consulting, specifically in the volatile field of medical device sales. Despite lacking a formal degree or numerous accolades, David's grit and determination propelled him forward. His focus on quality over quantity earned him recognition for increasing margins and acquiring over 300 clients.

David's thirst for knowledge and his ability to spot opportunities that others might overlook led him to USAA, where he furthered his education by pursuing a Bachelor's degree and an MBA in insurance fintech. It was during this time that David's passion for learning and his keen eye for innovation set him on a path into the technology sector. Consulting work at T-Mobile and a position at Indeed followed, providing invaluable experiences and insights. Although faced with a temporary setback due to a company-wide layoff, David's resilience and adaptability continued to propel him forward.

One of the highlights of David's career was his involvement in the invention of a groundbreaking product that received approval from the NFL for licensing. Although logistical challenges prevented its realization, this experience showcased David's innovative thinking and his willingness to challenge the status quo.

Throughout his career, David has remained motivated to continuously improve himself, both personally and professionally. He has kept a laser focus on his career roadmap, always striving towards reaching a C-suite position. Despite the demands of work, education, and personal life, David has never lost sight of his goals.

In his current role at Blend, David finds solace in his workplace’s supportive and collaborative culture, a refreshing change from the competitive nature of the consulting world. He values the camaraderie and mutual support among his colleagues, recognizing them as essential ingredients for success.

For those embarking on their own careers or seeking similar career transitions, David offers valuable advice. He emphasizes the importance of developing a clear career roadmap, setting tangible goals, and seeking employers who align with one's aspirations. He encourages individuals to maintain a healthy work-life balance and reminds them that both successes and setbacks are temporary, urging them to stay focused on their North Star. David's journey serves as an inspiring example of how determination, adaptability, and continuous self-improvement can lead to remarkable career success.

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