On this month’s “Behind the Desk” we would like to introduce you to Third Way Center’s Chief Financial Officer, Dave Manson. Dave, an Oklahoma native, has been Third Way Center’s CFO for the past eight years. During the summer of 2008, a time when jobs were quite hard to come by, Dave came across an ad for a CFO position with Third Way Center. On July 22, 2008, after completing the interview process, Dave decided to leave his position with the State of Colorado and began working at TWC the very next day.
Tell us a little about yourself and your roll as Third Way Center’s Chief Financial Officer.
I’ve had a widely varied career working first in corporate America out of college, then for two decades of self-employment, next a stint with state government before landing in my current position with Third Way Center. My wife and I have known each other for fifty years, and we have raised three children and indulge our seven grandkids whenever the opportunity allows.
I consider each career to be a separate learning and growing experience, providing insight on how our economy works in great detail. As much as anything I have come to understand that there are some amazing, dedicated, hard-working people in all areas of our great country.
As Chief Financial Officer I work closely with the Executive Director to make sure that agency assets are protected, that the finances are properly accounted for and effectively used, and that internal and external risks to the organization are mitigated and minimized. As the primary financial representative of the agency, I deal with external stakeholders who assist Third Way Center in carrying out our mission in the broader community.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
As I turn over the Chief Financial Officer reigns in the near future and enter my next stage of life, I will be donning cowboy boots and muck boots while working on my son’s ranch in Oklahoma. I believe some who know what I will be doing refer to me as “City Slicker.” I consider myself to be adaptable…so we will see how ranching agrees with me on this new adventure.
What would you say to encourage someone to become involved with TWC?
Third Way Center offers a unique combination of opportunities including mental health, human services and education. Anyone with a passion for young people who need a helping hand and a new start will find a place to fit in at Third Way Center. And, they will learn something new and insightful about themselves during their association with Third Way in the process.
What is one of your favorite memories having to do with TWC?
So many good people who want to serve and contribute to helping those who have been less fortunate. Just to hear the testimonies of former residents who have overcome their circumstances to thrive and prosper makes me proud to have been a small part of making this happen.