David purchased Excelsior in 2005 from his family’s business, Crane & Co., Inc. of Dalton, MA, where he held a variety of positions during more than 20 years with the company. His experience with Crane included 8 years as CFO and 6 as a Director, as well as Vice President roles for global sourcing and Division Manager of the stationery group. In addition, David served as Excelsior’s President from 1991 – 1994, when it was a division of Crane & Co. Prior to that, he spent several years working in Crane’s paper mills, starting with a summer job as a janitor.
A Berkshire County native, David earned an AB from Dartmouth College with a major in engineering and a minor in environmental studies, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in marketing and finance. His community and board activities include The Berkshire Museum, The Pittsfield Boys’ and Girls’ Club, MountainOne Financial Partners, The Berkshire Compact for Education and Berkshire Creative, the creative economy arm of 1Berkshire, a regional business and economic development organization. David spent a number of years as a coach of youth soccer and hockey and currently enjoys hiking, fishing, and vegetable gardening. He resides in Dalton with his wife and children.
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“I’m proud of our company’s response to change, transforming from a traditional printing company to building something new, viable and vibrant. We began with a commitment to grow, try new things, invest, and most importantly, create a strong team of people,” David said. “As a result, we have become a much different and better company, with many more creative and entrepreneurial opportunities even in challenging economic times.”
“I love your company” is probably the nicest thing a customer has said to me. Usually it’s because of our people and the service we give, and many times, it’s the workmanship or quality of the end product. One customer recently told me ‘You should put up a chart for “butts saved,” because you guys saved our butt so many times.’ While I appreciated his humor, the message to me was that our people continue to come through for our customers, day in and day out, and especially when it matters the most.”