Dave Falter is a 30+ year executive and eight-time President/CEO who has created, shaped, and led domestic and global businesses with revenues ranging from $25M to $1.5B+ and employee bases of 60 to 2,500 in the global travel eCommerce, high-technology, performance textiles, cybersecurity, and business services industries – to name a few.
During his days as an entrepreneur, Dave discovered how much he was dependent upon his employees and his management team, and how dependent they were in turn upon him and the daily behavioral choices he made in terms of his management practices and leadership style. In short, Dave realized that at the end of every day, his employees made a choice to return to work for him and his management team. Dave developed the point of view that his ultimate personal customer was each and every individual employee — which became the genesis of his leadership philosophy of “self-interested caretaking™. Later in his career Dave encountered the sport of dog sledding and had the opportunity to personally witness the power and elegance of “leading from the rear”. On a daily basis, Dave actively practices the concepts of Musher Management™ and attempts to refine them in his current leadership roles, in his Executive Coaching relationships, and in his leadership as Managing Partner of Acorn Growth Partners, Inc.
Dave lives in Glencoe, IL with his wife of thirty+ years and their English chocolate Labrador. A proud father of three adult sons, Dave is an avid reader of early 20th century fiction, a racquet sports enthusiast, skier, and SCUBA diver.