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A Tribute to David Cunningham
Wise words for a remarkable man.
by Bill Skinner (February 2, 2009)
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At the recent CHA show, the association posthumously awarded Dave
Cunningham, founder of Cunningham Art Products and Plaid
Enterprises, the Industry Achievement award, along with Bill
Mangelsen. Bill's acceptance speech:
It is not often a person gets the opportunity to publicly
acknowledge one of his heroes. Tonight I have that privilege.
I knew Dave Cunningham for 40 years. He was my boss, my mentor,
my golf partner, and my friend. For the last 19 years of his life, I
had the honor to be able to call him my father-in-law. During the
entire time I knew him, he was consistently creative and supportive,
often manic, and always generous, almost to a fault.
Dave was the consummate entrepreneur and had the best product
sense of anyone I have ever met. During the course of his career in
the craft industry he started from scratch, three multi-million
dollar companies. These companies were the training ground for many
of the people in this room tonight.
Dave loved this industry and the people in it. He knew it was
something far greater than just some gigantic ROI calculation. He
believed it was truly driven by inspiration and creativity and not
just by 40% off coupons.
Few people can claim to have helped launch an entire industry.
Dave, our co- honoree, Bill Manglesen, and a handful of other
pioneers, can legitimately receive such recognition.
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