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Work experience

Dec 2010Present

Owner / General Manager

Heritage Property Management, LLC

Company assists investor owners with full service property management, including rent collection, bookkeeping and maintenance. Assistance provided to Home Owners Associations in dues collection, bookkeeping, budgets, maintenance bids and covenant violations.

Dec 2001Dec 2008

Owner – Home Builder, Construction Manager, Real Estate Investor

Red Rock Custom Homes, LLC

Managed higher end design–build projects, at a variety of locations in the local area. Directed project design and schedule, procured all materials and fixtures, managed all subcontract crews and applied natural sense of attention to detail for highest quality product and customer satisfaction.

  • New homes built set a standard for quality construction and distinctive architectural style.
  • Personally designed some homes and worked closely with several architects on others. Managed customer’s budget until project completion and responsible for own company’s P&L.
  • Negotiated many real estate transactions for homes, as well as development land. Negotiated and managed subcontractor agreements.
Feb 2000Jan 2004

Planning Commissioner

Mesa County Planning Commission

Attended land use and zoning hearings, rendering judgments on petitioner's requests for zoning changes, land splits, subdivisions, etc.

  • Worked closely with Mesa County Commissioners, Grand Junction City Council and the local county and city governments in general.
  • Participated in many planning hearings, citizen workshops and community development task forces.
  • Interacted with a number of county and city employees, as well as local elected officials.
Oct 1997Oct 1998

Manager, Product Design Group

Manager of engineering department engaged in product design of fiber optic transmission equipment for cable television.

  • Redesigned electro/mechanical packaging of company’s previous product line, leading to successful sale of company. This included all mechanical and electrical parts and assemblies, along with complete documentation.
  • Selected and managed all fabrication materials, processes and vendors.
  • Interviewed, hired and supervised 3 mechanical design engineers for design of companion products.
 
Oct 1996Oct 1997

Independent Consultant

Caldwell Product Design

Consulted in the area of product & industrial design for several of the area’s technology companies. Member of PATCA - Professional and Technical Consultants Association.

  • Assisted several companies with their special product design needs.
  • Affected design, selected fabrication methods, materials and vendors.
  • Provided full documentation and release to manufacturing support.
Feb 1990Oct 1996

Senior Product Design Engineer, Project Manager

Harmonic Lightwaves

Responsible for all phases of product design of fiber optic transmission equipment for cable television, from concept to production.

  • Designed electro/mechanical packaging for company’s first product line offering, in company’s start-up phase. Was a key contributor to laser transmitter product that launched the company.
  • Directed efforts of various contract engineers and designers.
  • Involved in many areas of the business, including R&D, manufacturing, operations and purchasing.
Mar 1989Feb 1990

Independent Contractor, Mechanical Design Temp Position

Mega Test

Engaged in various design projects for company’s line of semiconductor test equipment.

  • Redesigned backplane system for lower cost and improved thermal efficiency.
  • Designed card rack system for a new product. Identified new fabrication processes and vendors.
Aug 1982Mar 1989

Senior Product Design Engineer

Telesciences Transmission Systems (formerly Avantek)

Managed product design projects for microwave radio systems.

  • Designed new mast mounted radio/antenna system.
  • Designed many aspects of rack mount radios, including card racks, waveguide runs, power supplies, etc.
  • Closely interfaced with marketing, manufacturing and other engineering staff members.

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Bruce Kresin

“I first met David Caldwell in February of 2000 when we were both appointed to the Mesa County Colorado Planning Commission Board. In the 8 years that I have known David Caldwell he has always been a person of high integrity and values, as well as a trusted individual who always follows through on his commitments. David has an intellectual curiosity that so often leads him to learn new things and to advance personally and professionally.

As a member of the Mesa County Planning Commission, David has always been there to create goals, plan out strategy and was definitely a major part of the planning of Mesa County, Colorado. David has terrific written and verbal skills. His organizational skill is a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 and any issue David takes on can be considered handled. I have observed his recent activities as a general contractor and have seen him excel at producing outstanding quality products that his customers are delighted with. I am sure he will succeed in whatever endeavor that comes next and do not hesitate to recommend him as a candidate for most any employment opportunity. David will be a tremendous asset to any organization he chooses to get involved with.”

Trent Weiszbrod

“Over the last six years, I have had the opportunity to work with David on several of his custom homes and remodel projects. I have always been very impressed by his creativity and quality-minded work. He has always been trustworthy, honest and fair when working with me and my company. David has put spirited hard work into every project he has taken on, no matter how large or small. David's exacting attention to detail has been a real asset for him.

I could continue with descriptions of David's many other outstanding qualities- his work ethic, energy, and creativity to name three. Instead I would simply like to say how much I think of David and how strongly I recommend him for any position that requires problem solving and high level of commitment.”

Linda Dannenberger, AICP

“David served Mesa County well in the extensive time he spent as a volunteer on the Planning Commission.” “Interaction with citizens and developers and subsequent decision making required knowledge of design principles, County regulations and policies, transportation, irrigation systems, utilities and many other matters.Of course, consideration of area residents’ concerns was also important in his position as well.”

Frank Yashar

"David Caldwell's unique combination of electronic and mechanical engineering knowledge was a key contribution to the laser transmitter that launched Harmonic Lightwaves. He managed all aspects of the project - from layout, user aesthetics and detail design, to vendor selection, fabrication, test, documentation and release to manufacturing. He brings solid product design knowledge and a professional approach to every project he undertakes."

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Certified Ground Instructor

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Certified Flight Instructor

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Commercial Pilot

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Summary

Experienced Management Professional

Operations, Manufacturing, Construction, Engineering

Accomplished management leader with over 15 years experience leading many types of projects from concept to completion, as well as technical and non-technical personnel.

  • Possesses extensive experience in R&D, manufacturing, industrial and construction environments.
  • Experienced with leading design teams and manufacturing groups, as well as hiring and training or mentoring employees.
  • Adept at implementing process improvements and change initiatives and working closely with other functional areas for optimal organizational goals.Familiar with Lean principles and tools.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills at all organizational levels, as well as communication skills with customers, vendors and subcontractors. Also excellent organizational, planning, problem solving and technology skills.