David Champagne joined TDC as President and CEO in the spring of 2019. His transition into this role with the organization was an easy one, having been a part of TDC’s board of directors since 2008 and a major player in the Plattsburgh business community, having worked at the Pfizer plant in Rouses Point for over 30 years. David brings a fresh perspective to TDC, having worked on a global scale, most recently as the Managing Director, Strategy and Transitioning Sites for Pfizer Global Supply. David’s business acumen speaks for itself, but today we’re learning more about the man behind the business.
Learn more about David Champagne in this staff spotlight
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Utica, NY and moved to Plattsburgh at a very young age. Both of my parents were originally from the region and wanted to get back to their hometown. While I wasn’t born here, I consider myself a native to the area.
Where did you go to school?
Following graduation from Plattsburgh High School, I studied for two years at SUNY Potsdam then transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh to complete my bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
How long have you been with TDC?
I have been involved with this organization for over a decade, joining the board in 2008. In 2019 I was hired as the President and CEO of the company. Being a part of this organization has been a very fulfilling experience.
What has been your favorite project that TDC has been a part of?
TDC has done some great things during my involvement with the organization but I must say the ongoing construction of our new administration building and 60,000 SF industrial space is most memorable. These buildings are a representation of TDC’s bright future and the company’s commitment to continue to invest in this community. Similarly, it has been particularly rewarding working with the established staff and filling vacant positions within the organization to round out our awesome team. TDC is positioned for another decade of growth, and I am proud to be a part of its legacy.
What is your favorite sports team?
I’m a New Yorker at heart so I support all New York teams, (even the Buffalo Bills). With that said, I follow the NY Yankees most closely. Growing up I had a lot of fun watching baseball with my dad, a die-hard Red Sox fan.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I have always enjoyed the people aspect of my career. Getting to know the staff at TDC and our regional business colleagues has definitely been the highlight of my career at TDC thus far. This position has given me a new perspective on the talent and opportunity in the region.
What are some Interesting facts about you?
My wife and I have raised three accomplished children together. When I’m not working, I enjoy running, mountain biking, cooking, and spending time with the newest addition to our family, Leo the cat.
What is your Favorite quote?
“Hard work beats talent that doesn’t work hard” – Tim Notke
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What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in your field?
Develop a strong business foundation and a broad understanding of economics, and community development. Take advantage of internships and any opportunity to network with peers in your field.
What advice would you give someone starting their career?
Success is not always determined by IQ, class rankings, or where you went to school, but is determined more by what you do after you enter the workforce. In many cases those are the price of entry but do not guarantee success.
What advice would you have given your younger self?
- Build a network as early as you can
- Understand the value of relationships
- Maintain a positive work-life balance
What are your personal goals for the future?
I plan to use my time at TDC to advance regional efforts of job creation and workforce development. This includes finding ways to retain young talent in the region, developing the skills set of the current workforce, and attracting skilled individuals to the area. These investments are so important for the entire business ecosystem and allows the greater Plattsburgh region to continue to grow and be the great place it is to live and raise a family.
What are you looking forward to the most in the next five years?
I am looking forward to businesses recovering from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is hard to predict when and what that might look like, but I am confident that businesses will recover and stabilize from the series of unpredictable events that occurred this year. I look forward to the resurgence of the region, where businesses can find a comfortable space to operate at a sustainable level.
TDC’s staff is fortunate to have such a multifaceted person at the head of our organization. David’s business acumen and visionary leadership style have been imperative to our success, especially during a global pandemic. Our staff is glad to have David as a part of our team.