David joined the Kettering staff in 2001 to head the Archives after serving 24 years at the Sloan Museum in Flint as Curator of its collections. David’s career in history is a result of meeting Richard Scharchburg while volunteering at the Whaley Historical House in Flint in 1975. On Richard’s advice, David, then a student at the University of Michigan, switched from a business major to a history major. David worked closely with Richard on many projects within the Flint community including the restoration of the National Landmark, Durant Dort Carriage Co Office, considered the birthplace of General Motors.
David is past president and current board member of the Whaley Historical House, and is currently the president of the Durant Dort Carriage Company Foundation and the Genesee County Historical Society. David is also currently a board member of the Automobile National Heritage Area, having previously served as its Treasurer. David has received numerous awards including the Heritage Day Award from the Genesee County Historical Society, Preservation Award from the Historical Society of Michigan, the 2004 Governors Volunteer Service Award, and the 2010 Governors Preservation Award. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.
David restores houses in his spare time and maintains his 1958 Buick Roadmaster for cruising in the summer. David is also active in the community having served on numerous Boards.