David was born and raised in North Dakota on a beef cattle and small grains farm. He received an Ag Engineering degree from North Dakota State University and went to work for Bobcat (compact construction company, i.e. skid steers loaders) in the US and in France as a manufacturing engineer and then engineering manager. He then went on to work for NDSU in 2009 as an engineering extension specialist where he was encouraged to participate in the 2 yr Rural Leadership North Dakota program. Upon completion, he joined the RLND Alumni Association where he was voted into a 3 year position (VP, Pres, and Past Pres). Aside from his NDSU role (where he assists manufacturers, economic developers, and inventors), he owns/manages a real estate rental operation.