We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave Eisner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, what is the most important factor behind your success?
That’s simple. Having a mission that you believe in and that your employees believe in.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started off as a therapist in the early 70s, and I was promoted to Executive Director at a young age when the company was very small. When we started, we were serving ten kids with a staff of five, Now we serve 250 kids a year with a staff of 140. It wasn’t easy, but it was methodical growth, which goes back to having a clear mission, a good product, and good staff.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way are to never give up, and to listen carefully and get feedback from a lot of different people before you make decisions.
What I’d like the world to know about Third Way Center: On a daily basis we accomplish the mission of changing and saving the lives of children in Colorado.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them on a road trip down to Salida and the Collegiate Range, then to Vail, and spend a day in Boulder. I’d also want to take them to a Broncos game and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants – probably Bistro Vendome or Venice.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Hildegard Messenbaugh, our founder and Medical Director. It was her vision that created the organization, which created the mission, which enabled all of us to be successful.
I’ve also been inspired by the book ‘Shogun.’ It’s a story about adaptation and leadership, with lessons I’ve found very helpful.