Skyline Consulting Group is proud to boast a diverse workforce.
The diversity, whether it be in our cultures, languages, educations, skillsets or home states/countries, strengthens us and allows us to approach client and customer sales consultations with greater creativity and adaptability. As Stephen Covey says, “strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
One of the most interesting people in our organization, and one who continuously sets the bar for performance, integrity, and advancement, is an ambitious young man by the name of David Gruver. Originally born on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, David and family soon moved to the Netherlands — a place he remembers fondly, and the origin of him learning to speak Dutch (he also speaks Spanish, too!). Starting soccer in the Netherlands at age 3, David fell in love with the game and would later pursue it seriously in college.
While still in elementary school, though, David’s family was transferred back to Oklahoma, and they quickly made Dell City their home. Diving right back into soccer, David’s childhood was spent outdoors and on the field, learning the value of having discipline and strong work ethic. After all, he knew he wasn’t going to play on the Sooners squad if he wasn’t willing to put in the work! Spending years 6-18 in Dell City, David was an honors student, varsity soccer star, and cross country runner. When deciding where to attend college, he chose the University of Oklahoma for their veterinary program and his love for the crimson & cream!
Making the cut for the Men’s Soccer Team, David spent his freshman year juggling being an athlete and a full-time student before finally deciding to commit himself to his studies. Over time, David began to realize his true passion lied in business and entrepreneurship, as he found himself daydreaming more about how he could own multiple vet clinics, rather than actually doctor animals (haha). Random fact about David: he has 2 Great Pyrenees dogs that live with his family in Oklahoma and his favorite animal is a Panda!
Prior to his graduation in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing & Entrepreneurship, David began looking for full-time employment in Oklahoma. Eager for hands-on experience and the opportunity to get his foot in the door, David met CEO, Shannon Potashnik, as she was overseeing an office for our client in Oklahoma City. The interview went extremely well, David was offered a position as a Sales Account Manager, and about a month in truly bought into the company’s mission and growth opportunity. When he heard Shannon and company were relocating to Dallas, TX, though, his heart stopped. How could he leave his family and 12 years history in Oklahoma for a career he started a month ago?
After much deliberation, David realized that the goal-oriented people he worked with and work atmosphere he had were reason enough for him to give it a try. Now, almost a year after his move and with even more promotions and travels and skills under his belt, David knows he made the best decision for himself.
With aspirations to move into a Marketing Management position at Skyline Consulting Group by the end of 2018, David still remembers from soccer that you must be willing to put more time on the field to have the success you want. When asked who his biggest role models are, David speaks extensively about his father and how he always pushed him to excel and be the best version of himself. In just 5 years, David plans to buy his Dad a house in Colorado as a token of his appreciation for the continuous support and belief. (He has his eyes set on a car for his mom, too 😉)
When you can’t find him at work, you can find David hanging out with colleagues, watching White Collar on Netflix, or rooting for the Sooners every Saturday during football season!
We hope in reading this, David, that you know your talent is appreciated, your Oklahoman friendliness is treasured, and your personality, perfect for our team. We thank you for all you have done for Skyline Consulting Group in the past, and all you will continue to do in the future. Congratulations on being featured as April’s Rising Star!