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Muddy Boots

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About Me

Dave Griffith


Focused on families, faith, forklifts, flooring, flowers, and friends. Living in Bucks, Philadelphia, and Vero Beach. Working at things I love and strong in the belief that you pay it forward.


Views on Leadership:

"Leadership is hard, and it is rewarding. It is about doing the right thing, not the popular thing. It is about being confident in yourself and wise enough to take the advice of those you trust. It is about understanding the facts, not the emotion. It is about being fair to all, not just a few. It is about courage and vision. It is about humor and humility.


It is about putting yourself in the hands of a higher power and having the faith to let that power guide your actions. It is never about the talk, it is all about the deeds.”

David Griffith, since July 2013, is the Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia. With a legacy of tackling the impacts of chronic poverty in the Philadelphia region, ECS asks all individuals to look up, to challenge poverty, and empower individual choice and advocates that in a community to make a change, we must all be one on this issue. ECS addresses the self-identified needs of people and families by integrating data-driven research and implementing non-judgmental innovative best practices to deliver measurable impacts. He is the first nonclergy, non-MSW to head the organization in its 146-year history. He is an advocate for individuals and families in Poverty and believes firmly that the call to service along with the call for inclusion, diversity and the equal access to opportunity is core to the Episcopal faith tradition.

Dave is also Chairman of Modern Group Ltd an employee owned industrial holding company (A 70-year-old firm, representing Hyundai forklifts and construction equipment, Generac generators, Bandit chippers, Terex and Konecranes and other leading brands as well as service, parts, and rentals to all makes in the space). He is Chairman of Delaware Valley Floral Group (The largest wholesale florist in the US and #2 worldwide). Director and Governance Chair of the J. J. Haines Company (The biggest flooring wholesaler in the US). Chairperson of Verus Advisory Board ( a leading provider of data analytics in litigation support), and Manager of Mountain Laurel Spirits LLC. (Maker of Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey) He also serves as a member of the IBM Midmarket Advisory Council. His non-profit involvements are Vice Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Trustee and Governance Chair of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel of Philadelphia, Chairman of the McEwen Family Scholarship Trusts and Director of the Griffith Family Foundation. He is also an advisor to Social Innovation Partners, located in Philadelphia. Social Innovations Partners

His blog “Wear Muddy Boots” www.wearmuddyboots.com is widely followed and focuses on the issues of leadership, talent development, management, faith, and the call to service. He is recognized nationally as an authority on governance and leadership in both for profit and nonprofit settings.

He is a frequent lecturer on leadership and the call to service at the University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership Program, the Wharton School, the Fox School of Business, and Rutgers School of Engineering. He is a former trustee, officer, and chair of Development at The Westminster School. Director of The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church, YPO of Philadelphia and forum officer, and past president of the Material Handling Equipment Dealers Association (MHEDA) and a past director of the National Association of Wholesalers Institute for Distribution Excellence (NAWIDE). He has been a member of several search committees’ including the CEO search for World Affairs Council, the Bishop search for the Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the CEO search for the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel.

Before joining ECS, Dave was President and CEO over a 20-year span with Modern Group Ltd and a senior executive with MCI (VP of Marketing) and ROLM (Director of Sales & Distribution) for some years. He started his business career at IBM in 1976 where in 1979 he was the recognized as one of the top marketing representatives in the US and later served as Branch Manager, Administrative Assistant to the President, Regional Manager and as Director of Marketing. Dave graduated from Kenyon College with honors in 1976 with a BA in Economics and History, and The Westminster School in 1972. While at Kenyon he worked as an EMT and fireman with the College Township Fire Department and played both D-III soccer and lacrosse. He is married to Jacqui McEwen Griffith, and they have two adult children, and one old dog named Piper.