Goretti Alum and UGG Australia Nat’l Sales Director, Dave Gruver, ’83, key speaker at Fall Honors Assembly
Goretti alum Dave Gruver, ’83, joined by Goretti president Richard E. Fairley
Dave Gruver, a member of the class of 1983, traveled back to his alma mater on Friday, September 5, 2014, and spoke to the student body at the Goretti’s Fall Honors Assembly. Well established and respected in the Fashion and Beauty industry, Dave is the National Sales Director for UGG Australia and is responsible for multiple business categories, including Accessories, Outerwear, Loungewear and Home.
Dave took the time to share his career experiences with Goretti students, while also emphasizing the importance of giving back to one’s community.
“I have learned that it is best to give of yourself or to help someone that can absolutely do nothing in return for you. That is truly an unselfish act — help someone that cannot possibly do anything for you in return. Pope Francis recently had a great “tweet” on this topic in mid -August: he said ‘Christian’s know how to give. Their lives are filled with generous acts – often hidden – towards their neighbor.’ I think, a great challenge for all of us to build into our daily lives.”
A current resident of Rockville Centre, New York, Dave expressed the importance of students remembering where they come from and recognizing the values they will instill in themselves through Catholic education.
“The other answer I always give when I am asked about success and how I was able to survive in a pretty intense industry is easy and true from the heart. I will never, ever forget where I came from and will always be grounded in the fact that I was raised in a great family and also had the opportunity to have that Goretti experience for four wonderful years. There is not a day that passes that I do not think of my family or the lessons that I learned from the classrooms and hallways of this school. The years you spend here will impact who you are, how you think, how you interact with others, what you think is possible for yourself and I think most importantly -whether you view the world and its people -as good or bad. I have always thought it is important to reflect on where you came from and understanding your past — especially as you are making decisions that impact your future. Simple really: Never forget where you came from!”