David Hataj

As the current President and co-owner of Edgerton Gear, Inc, Dave has served the past 25 years in their second-generation family business. Dave has led his company to be an example of a business with a culture that empowers people to make decisions that affect their work and creates a vision in employees for the significant contribution they make to the world through their calling in their workplace.

Completing his Master’s thesis of “Systems Theory and a Family Business” from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. in 1994, his innovative approach to small business has birthed two more small businesses, two charitable trusts, and a partnership with the local high school in mentoring youth in the trades.

Crediting his passion for the Marketplace and Theology of Work to the late Pete Hammond of IVCF and Dr. Paul Stevens of Regent College, Dave is a frequent speaker and consultant on the meaning and value of work. Together with his wife, Tracy, they also served extensively in Honduras, focusing on community transformation through the education and mentoring of young people.

Raising their 3 adult sons on a small farm in rural Wisconsin, Dave is truly “blue-collar,” as he enjoys gardening, hunting, beekeeping, raising their own beef cattle and chickens as well as cutting wood to heat their home during the long Wisconsin winters. Dave serves on the Board of Bakke Graduate University and is also a graduate of BGU’s DTL program, developing a character-based curriculum for young people desiring to enter the trades.