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Fly Feature: Get to know Dave

Fly Feet Dave

Meet Dave. A force to be reckoned with in our downtown community. Always positive, always game for anything, Dave epitomizes chasing the best version of himself. We are lucky to have his vibe and want to share a bit of it with all of you …

You come to us with a wealth of experience ranging from brains to brawns. Tell us where you came from, how you got here and where you are now.  

I am not exactly certain how I arrived at where I am today – it definitely was not a straight line!  I grew up in rural Waverly, MN, population 600 where I spent my free time working on my Uncle’s farm and playing multiple sports.  I had the opportunity to attend a boarding prep school, Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, then Princeton University.  Following college I signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings.  I lived and worked in New York City for about 6 years and have resided in Minneapolis and worked in the financial services industry for many years.  My wife, daughter, a high school senior, and I live in South Minneapolis and I work downtown.  


What brought you through the doors of FFR for the first time? 

Rachel Beise, one of FFR’s first coaches was also my daughter’s crew coach and she told us of this new exciting coaching opportunity for her called FlyFeet Running.  My family thinks the world of Rachel and I wanted to support her in her new venture, so I thought I would give it a try.  I barely survived my initial class…it was GREAT!


You are a family man to the core, husband and proud father. If you and your family could go on an all expenses paid vacation for 10 days anywhere in the world where would you go?

Italy.  When my daughter was 4 years old my wife, daughter and I spent a month travelling around Italy and I would like to visit many of the same sites as my daughter was too young to remember much of the trip.  Funny story – we toured the beautiful Sistine Chapel where visitors are supposed to remain silent, but my daughter stated loudly and quite emphatically in her cute 4 year old voice, “Daddy, I’m bored!”  Everyone broke up in laughter and the guards did their best to quiet the crowd…  Many good memories from this family trip.    


We hear you are pretty smooth with a leather ball between your hands, an All American to be exact. What position did you play?

I was a safety and yes, a football All American, but I would consider myself an accidental All American.  I dreamed of playing at the U of MN or Notre Dame, but at 6’ 3” and 175 pounds, it was not to be so I pursued the academic route and attended Princeton, playing football for the camaraderie.  Something happened during those four years – I got bigger, stronger and faster and was somehow noticed by the A.P. who selected me to their All American team along with other players from the major football conferences.  Still not sure how they ever selected this Ivy Leaguer!?  I was not drafted by an NFL team, but had multiple free agent offers.  I signed with the MN Vikings in 1981 and received a $500 signing bonus and a contract that paid $38,000 for the first year.  My, how times have changed!  Unfortunately I was released prior to the start of the regular season, but it was a tremendous experience and makes for a good story – I tell people that I was fired from my first job…by Bud Grant!


 Aside from our home team, the MN Vikings, who is your NFL team to root for?

 I hate to admit, but the Packers.  I appreciate their small town atmosphere and their fans’ enthusiasm for the game.  Last season my daughter and I drove to Green Bay for the Vikings game on Dec 23, Saturday evening with the kick-off temperature of 6 degrees.  For some reason, my wife decided to stay home and bake Christmas cookies in her warm kitchen.  It was a blast and the Vikings won!   


Whether you have known someone for a decade or 10 minutes, you make people feel important and worthy of your time, what fills you up? (music, other people, reading, working out...etc)

I am genuinely interested in people, their background, current interests, etc. I remember when I was shipped off to prep school after living in a small town that is 100% white and about 99% Catholic, how fascinating it was to meet fellow students from around the world, of different ethnicities and religions.    


5 Favorites

a.    Meal – Italian food, Chicken Parmesan.  

b.    Time of day – early morning

c.    Color – blue - 

d.    Song – Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding

e.    Movie – Bullitt


Who do you admire most?

My mother.  My father passed away when I was in high school, but she never complained, was always positive, worked hard to support our family and made sure that my sister and I received a good education.  She taught me to value and appreciate family and friends.        


If you could share one piece of advice to your 30 year old self, what would it be?

Load up on Apple stock!!!


What do you love most about FFR? 

1)     The culture. I sense that ownership/staff really cares about their class participants and it is much more than just a business/job – they want to make lives better.  

2)    A great overall body workout in less than one hour.