Each year, one outstanding graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College is recognized for his or her accomplishments. The recipient of the 2019 Alumnus of the Year is David Taylor of Rock Valley. David is a 2000 Industrial & Commercial Wiring graduate and is currently employed as the Director of Planning & Prefabrication at Interstates in Sioux Center, IA. The Alumnus of the Year recognition was held in conjunction with the College’s July Commencement exercises on July 19, 2019.
David Taylor grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa and began at NCC in the fall of 1998. Upon completion of his program, David began as an Electrician for Interstates with his first project being at Anheuser Busch in Ft. Collins, CO. David and his family resided in Colorado for seven years, and during this time, David completed projects across various states, including California, Wyoming, Arizona and Minnesota.
In 2007, David received a promotion and was relocated to Interstate’s Sioux Center location. David spent the next seven years leading the Planning Team at Interstates. During this time, David’s team created a system that is now used company-wide on all projects and Interstates field leaders claim they would not be able to do their jobs without it.
In 2014, David was promoted to the Director of Planning & Prefabrication and now leads a team of 45 individuals. He spends much of his time on job site visits, coaching project leaders, establishing goals, ensuring adherence to company standards and formulating new methods to ensure safety, quality and productivity on all Interstates projects.
David has been a part of Interstates Excellence in Leadership program since 2005. Through this program, he has served as a mentor for other’s within the company, assisting them with career goals, mission statements and helping them get on a good path. David has stayed heavily involved with his community and also with NCC.
His family includes his wife, Samantha, and their two children, Jaxon and Elias.