David L. Dodge’s dad grew up on a farm in the northern town of Sauk Center, Minnesota and his mother was a southern belle from Covington, Kentucky. As a result, he has always felt at ease with people from all walks of life. This enjoyment of and interest in people has served him well in his 20-year career in executive search and staffing.
After graduating with a degree in business from the University of Minnesota, Dave began a career in sales. Quickly promoted to management, he recruited and hired his first team and saw the power that came from matching the right individual with an opportunity in which they could thrive. His business experiences developed further with roles in senior management in both private and public companies before becoming CEO of his own staffing company in 1999.
His firm, Professional Alternatives, a human resources staffing, executive search and consulting company, won numerous awards for being both a Twin Cities Fastest Fifty Growing Companies and Best Places to Work. After successful runs with two of his own companies, Dave joined PWB to develop and lead the Talent Resource Group, a finance and accounting recruiting advisory practice.
Dave is a Certified Personnel Consultant, a past member of the Advisory Council for the Center of Human Resources and Labor Studies at the University of Minnesota and serves as a guest lecturer on recruiting for the Carlson School of Management.
He enjoys a wide range of recreational activities like golf, bike riding, playing guitar and writing songs. But his favorite pastime is entertaining his five grandchildren at every opportunity.