My wife and I raised our six children in Provo and started a business here that has grown to over 40 employees. Sewell Direct is an Internet retail business that sells connectivity products and electronic accessories. Prior to starting my business, I worked as a computer programmer for Eyring Research Institute and then developed connectivity software called FastLynx that sold over 100,000 copies. I graduated from BYU with a BS and MS in Computer Science and an MBA.
My most humorous involvement with changing city policy occurred in 2004 when we went to the Utah County animal shelter to adopt a kitten. We were told that since we already had a dog, we could not adopt the kitten because Provo law did not allow owning both a dog and a cat. My wife and I worked with the City Council to change the law from allowing “two dogs or two cats” to allowing “two dogs and two cats”. This story drew the attention of the BBC, the Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio.
Before running for the City Council in 2013, I served as a neighborhood Vice Chair helping to keep neighbors informed and involved as issues of importance came before the Planning Commission and Council. I was elected to a citywide Council seat in November 2013. During my first term, I have served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Redevelopment Agency and as Vice Chair and Chair of the Council. I have also chaired three Council committees – Neighborhood Program Review, Rules, and Development Approval Process Review.
Here are a few Council accomplishments and priorities that I have been involved in:
Here are a few qualities appreciated by constituents:
Dave is conscientious, fair, and a good listener.
Turned something contentious into a win-win.
…Quiet, yet effective…A man of perfect integrity…