We Lose A Leader

We Lose A Leader

The professional snow and ice management industry mourns the loss of David J. Frank. The ASCA's Kevin Gilbride remembers a colleague and a friend.

February 11, 2019

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David J. Frank catching up with Minnesota colleague Charles Glossop, owner, Hantho Farms, at a recent Executive Summit.

It’s with great sadness that I must report that David J. Frank, the founder of Wisconsin’s largest landscape company and a true industry leader, passed away over the weekend.

His nephew, Brad Frank, reached out to me Sunday morning with the news. According to Brad, David’s health took a turn for the worst and he passed away early Saturday morning. CLICK HERE for details about funeral arrangements.

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David shares a story with fellow Leadership Award recipient (2011) Jeff Herold, President, BrightView Landscape Services. 

I knew of David for many years prior to the creation of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association. But it was his immediate involvement and active participation in the ASCA that allowed me to really get to know the man. David was one of the driving forces that helped shape the mission of this fledgling association. He always seemed to find the time to take questions, listen to ideas and provide counsel, and the energy he brought to the group helped fuel its forward progress.

What I will remember most fondly about David is his passion for service and his commitment to this industry. He showed up early and prepared to every committee meeting with big ideas and an equal amount of determination to see them through. He instilled in us a “never-say-die” attitude that guided us through some initial rough spots and will undoubtedly continue to encourage and inspire us for years to come.

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David was a 2010 recipient of the Leadership Award. CLICK HERE to read his profile.

David was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Award recipients in 2010. I encourage you to read the profile story Snow Magazine wrote (Seeing The Big Picture) to gain a deeper perspective on what it means to be a leader.

However, what I will best remember about my friend David – and even at this moment makes me smile – is how happy he was to be among his peers at our annual Executive Summit. I would catch a glimpse of him skillfully making his way through a crowded networking reception, seeking out a wide-eyed new face and with kind eyes, a welcoming grin, and a firm handshake exclaim: “Hi, I’m David J. Frank … It’s nice to meet you.”

I encourage you to forward your memories of David to me (kgilbride@gie.net) and we’ll share some of the best of them in this Friday’s enewsletter.

Kevin Gilbride is the Executive Director of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA). You can reach him at kgilbride@gie.net.