You What?

David Nicole, president & CEO, United Way of Allen County
Apr 5, 2019
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

Describe yourself in three words. Passionate, fun, competitive

What book has had the greatest impact on you? The Bible

What is the first movie you ever saw in a theater? Bambi

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Pro football receiver

What is your favorite part of your job? Working with caring, passionate people 

What do you actually do at your job? Work (listen to, meet with, share information) with individuals (employees, donors, volunteers, leaders, etc.) and organizations (businesses, non-profit, organized labor, etc.) to find collaborative ways to move community solutions forward 

What do you love most about Fort Wayne? Everyone can make a difference, if they are willing to put in the effort

What was your first job? Mowing lawns

What is your greatest accomplishment? Being a husband and dad

Who is your hero? Anyone willing to put their life on the line to fight for my freedoms

What would you choose as your last meal? My mom’s lasagna and chocolate zucchini cake

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party (living, dead, famous, real or fictional)? George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock and whomever will be running for president in 2020. The purpose of the dinner would be a discussion to help the next leaders of the U.S. to understand, from the founders first-hand, their intentions with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Everywhere. I have a goal to get to every state and every continent. 

How often do you exercise? Not enough

What does your workout regimen consist of? Eating ice cream 

If you could solve one major problem, what would it be? Closed mindedness – individuals unwilling to listen to new perspectives

What’s one thing you can’t live without? Oxygen

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Say “I love you.” every day to my wife

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. My grandfather. He is 95, very active, taught me to treat everyone equally and to give back.

Do you make up jokes or steal them? Steal them. Shamelessly. The cornier, the better.

What is one important skill you think everyone should have? Listening

What skill would you like to master? Listening

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win a medal in? Pouring syrup onto pancakes

What age do you wish you could permanently be and why? No specific age. There are good things and bad things about each age. My goal is to get to 100.

What is the most difficult thing you have ever experienced? It was the most difficult and the most beautiful at the same time – watching my grandfather take care of my grandmother the last two months of her life. After being married for 70 years he shared in her pain, kissed her good night every night and never left her side.

Are you a dog or cat person? Dog, and yet we have a cat and two guinea pigs

If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds? Life is short. Spend your time loving and serving others. Be grateful for the blessings you have. 

If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach? How to read. We learn to read until third grade. After third grade, we read to learn. This is why I serve as a tutor at Washington Elementary. 

What is your favorite?

Holiday? Why? Easter – Christ rose from the dead!

Sports team? Cleveland Browns

Song? Who? by the Newsboys

Movie? Dances with Wolves

Downtown locale? Lincoln Tower Soda Fountain

Fort Wayne feature? Allen County Courthouse – it is beautiful

Hobby? I’m a parent. My hobby is running my kids around

Flavor of ice cream? Tillamook’s Chocolate Peanut Butter 


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