Mr. Dave Buck, CEO Matt Parrott & Sons, just returned from a three-week visit to China. Here, he's apparently calling a strike pitch at a ballgame in Xi'an, China. Or, maybe doing Tai Chi with Mr. Chin, the master at left.
This 63-year-old world traveler has had an interesting career and an interesting life. Dave has been a client of our agency for twenty years, come 2006.
Here's a cut & paste thumbnail bio and a list of some of Dave's accomplishments:
David H. Buck has been president and CEO of Matt Parrott and Sons Company headquartered in Waterloo, Iowa since June 1975. The company operates locations in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Its product lines include commercial and digital printing, office products, office furniture and corporate apparel. The company has 75 full time employees.
In 2003 after the purchase of the Cedar Rapids company, Matt Parrott split off its office furniture business into Dimensions Office Furniture. It’s short-run color printing facility in Iowa City operates as Goodfellow Printing Company. Parrott bought it in 1905 from Doug Goodfellow who started the business in 1947.
Matt Parrott is the oldest locally owned company in Waterloo, having been started in 1868 by Matt Parrott and H.M. Smart as a bookbinder and newspaper. Mr. Parrott was later mayor of Waterloo and Lt. Governor of Iowa.
Buck is a 1964 graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. degree in journalism. He worked in the advertising department at General Electric, as business manager of the Cherokee (Iowa) Daily Times and in the advertising department of Northwestern Mutual Financial Services before returning to Iowa. He is married to Ruth Buck and has two sons, Sam, 26 and Frank 18.
Buck moved to Milwaukee in 1969 to work in the communication department of the Northwestern Mutual Life, and again he was asked to help local groups. Among them were the United Performing Arts Fund, the Walker Cup Golf Matches, Junior Achievement and the Cancer Crusade.
He returned to Waterloo in 1975 to replace his father, who had recently died, as president of Matt Parrott & Sons Company, and again he found time to help several groups. Among them are:
-The Russell House Museum
-The Grout Museum (court appointed trustee for ten years)
-The Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony where he was president for two terms and worked ten years on fund raising;
-The Cancer Crusade where he chaired the drive in 1979;
-The University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center fund drive, major gifts division
-His alma mater, Iowa State University
-Ten year board member and two term president, The Community Foundation;
-The Boy Scouts
-Allen College of Nursing
-Public Radio KUNI where he has worked several times on fund drives
-The Black Alliance back to school effort and recipient of its “Special Friend Award.”
-Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and former chair of its endowment efforts
-Cedar Valley Lakes Board where he is the current chair; this group advocates for the appropriate development and conservation of the area around George Wyth Lake -State Park in Waterloo and Cedar Falls;
-Family and Children’s Council
Adults, Inc., an agency serving the special needs population of the Cedar Valley;
-Steering Committee of the failed bond issue in 1998 to fund new school buildings in Waterloo and later of the successful local option sales tax referendum in 1999;
-Worked on two and chaired one bond issue effort for Hawkeye Community College.
-The Chamber of Commerce of Waterloo where he was chairman in 1997-98 and president of its Greater Waterloo Foundation;
-He served three-two year terms on the Waterloo City Council from 1987 to 1993 when Waterloo was in its worst economic slump of the 20th century.
~Currently serves on Waterloo Leisure Services Commission
Awards include Waterloo Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, 2003
Special Friend Award, Waterloo’s Black Alliance
Iowa State University Alumni Award
INRCOG Citizen of the Year