Dave Sims grew up in the Coeur d'Alene area, but his family moved to Seattle in 1974. At 15 he started working in the warehouse at Stoneway Electric Supply, and over the next 25 years worked in almost every sales & management position in the Electrical Distribution industry.
In 1985 he became the youngest ever to pass the Electrical Administrator exam in the State of Washington, and in 1995 was the youngest executive to become a Regional Manager for North Coast Electric, a privately owned company with 500 associates and approximately $500 Million/year in sales at that time. That promotion allowed him to move back home to Idaho and open his office in Spokane. In 1998 a bicycle accident left Dave quadriplegic, and he was forced to retire at 38.
After a few years of rehab and a new appreciation for life, Dave recommitted his life to the Lord, and joined the then-young church plant Real Life Ministries, in Post Falls, ID. In 2001 he started volunteering as a lay-pastor, and has worked in children's ministry, marriage ministry, and the Overcomer's ministry for people with disabilities, but his real passion has been financial ministries. Dave works on behalf of the church with The Solomon Foundation, helping families plan for their financial futures in a God-honoring way.
In 2000 Dave met and married his wife Carolyn and they have 5 children between them, and 5 grandchildren. Over the past 35 years Dave also started and sold a painting contracting firm and a general contracting firm in the Seattle area that specialized in commercial remodels and tenant improvements. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for NEC Electrical Contracting. An accomplished guitar player, his passion for music landed him in a rock band in the early 80's that toured and recorded. That passion never left, and Dave now owns and operates a recording studio in Coeur d'Alene. The original members of his band have reunited and are in the studio recording an LP, with Dave as engineer as well as one of the very few...if not the only...quadriplegic guitar players in the world. He is passionate about his faith, his family, his music, and a personal desire to encourage people with disabilities to dream big and try new things.
Dave believes that all of the hardship & effort is worth it for just one soul. He also still believes that if you don't cut your hair, you don't have to grow up.