First Step Staffing, Inc.

Dave came to First Step with extensive experience at the helm of another social enterprise staffing company, DePaul Industries, a self-sustaining $40 million Portland based organization. Dave served first as a Senior Staffing Manager, then as COO and CFO, eventually to become CEO in 2007. DePaul Industries is focused on providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Under Dave’s leadership, DePaul Industries achieved significant growth, nearly doubling its annual revenue, increasing hours worked by persons with disabilities from 680,000 to 1,025,000 annually, and improving its operating results by nearly $2 million. DePaul operates eight staffing offices in five states. DePaul earned a number of awards during his tenure, including DePaul’s inclusion in the list of one of the 100 best companies to work for in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine and the Oregon Ethics in Business Award in 2011.

In 2012 Dave was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest. His dedication to social enterprise after leaving DePaul, married with a well-honed business acumen, attracted the attention of First Step Founder Greg Block. Dave provided advisory services to First Step as it went through the acquisition process of LGS Staffing. He subsequently became CEO effective in December, 2015. Over the last three years, Dave has overseen First Step’s business and mission-impact growth, helping to open two additional offices in Nashville (Fall 2017) and Philadelphia (January 2018).

Dave’s entrepreneurial perspective, his belief in the true value of each individual and the dignity that comes with having a job, combined with his extensive business skills, are perfectly and uniquely aligned with the mission and vision of First Step Staffing.

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