After graduating with honors with a degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1985, David worked for Trammell Crow Company, a commercial real estate developer, in Dallas for three years. In 1988, he returned to his hometown of Nacogdoches, where he began managing Alders Enterprises, Ltd, and Caddo Farms LLC, his family’s timberland and cattle operations. In 1989, David and his wife Nicole established Carrizo Creek Corporation, a poultry production business which now raises approximately 1.7 million chickens annually. He owns interests in Alders Enterprises, Ltd, and Principatus Properties LLC, and is the managing partner of both Dagwood Timber, Ltd, and Buck Bay Timber, Ltd.
David’s current civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University, as a director on the boards of Citizens 1st Bank, Heartbeat Pregnancy Center and Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, as Vice President of the Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District, as past Chairman of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, as a member of the Executive Committee of the East Texas Regional Water Planning Group, and as Vice Chairman of the board of Regents Academy, a Classical Christian school in Nacogdoches. He is a former chairman of the board of directors of Heritage Land Bank Association, a Tyler-based Farm Credit Association, and a former member of the board of the State Bar of Texas. In 2001, David was appointed as a member of the governing board of the Texas Department of Rural Affairs and served as that board’s chairman at the time the agency was merged with the Texas Department of Agriculture. He is a former member of the boards of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Poultry Federation and is a past President of the Texas Broiler Council.
David helped found Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in 1998 and still serves it as an elder. David and his wife, Nicole, have ten children and two granddaughters