No, I am not an astronaut. However, after moving into the area just down the road from NASA I have come to know and respect the professionals who manage our space program. Like the adventure of going to the moon and beyond, I see similar adventure in each and every day God has given us.
I have been in construction almost 40 years now. The last 27 have been as a home builder in Texas. I personally built thousands of homes as a superintendent for some very large production builders. I am now the Compliance Officer for Tilson Homes based in Houston, Texas.
Licenses / Certifications & Designations:
National Association of Home Builders -
Certified Green Professional
Certified Graduate Builder
International Code Council -
1 & 2 Family Dwelling Inspector
Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner
OSHA Outreach Trainer
Texas Real Estate Commission -
Professional Real Estate Inspector
Texas Real Estate Teachers Association -
Certified Real Estate Instructor
Federal Aviation Administration -
UAS Remote Pilot (Drones)
Originally from Illinois, Dave attended Texas Tech to study architecture and graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor's degree in Construction Science. He has been in construction almost forty years, with the last twenty-nine as a home builder in Texas. In the past, Dave built thousands of homes as a superintendent for large production builders. He eventually went into management where he supervised numerous subdivisions in the Houston area. He is currently based in Houston, Texas as the Compliance Officer for Tilson Homes.
Dave has been married to his wife, Mindy, for thirty-seven years. They have four adult children and one granddaughter. Dave enjoys watching Sunday afternoon football, meeting with his friends for "Suds & Sawdust" down in his woodshop and going on bike rides with his wife.
The woodshop has become the center of activity for Dave. He started up Texas Pen Makers where he creates custom wooden and acrylic pens. Genres like baseball, football, endangered animals, faith, Texas, firearms, western, and music are all captured in these small works of art.
He also has developed a knack for creating art in wood using a CNC machine. These wooden sculptures in oak, cherry, walnut, cedar, mesquite and other woods are all one of a kinds. When not creating those he creates wooden signs ranging from funny to inspirational.
In his spare time, Dave has taken on refurbishing a piano that is well over 100 years old. He enjoys making the wood come back to life and hopes to make it playable once again. When he comes upon a nice piece of wood it can become a small cutting board or a nice coffee table for someone's home.
Finally, just to relax, Dave can be found out in the country with his drone filming whatever Mother Nature has on display. Many of his pictures and videos can be seen on this website or on his Youtube channel.
Dave is a member of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), Texas Association of Home Builders (TAB), Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Advisory Board, and Texas Real Estate Teachers Association (TREC). He is the Committee Chairman of GHBA Education and also serves on the TAB Codes and Standards Committee, NAHB Codes Committee, and the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation HVAV Contractors Advisory Committee. Beyond the organizations, Dave is a certified instructor for the NAHB, OSHA, TREC, and the International Code Council (ICC).