As the Hamilton County Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
David Mueller, HCLA Class of 2004; HCLA board
Lives and works: Westfield
Family: Wife of 38 years, Mary Beth; children Pete, Tom and Francie
Career: A certified entomologist, Mueller is president of Insects Unlimited Inc., which makes insect pheromones for use in pest control, and sister company Fumigation Service and Supply Inc.
Community involvement: Rotary International; Crossroads Church of Westfield; Student Impact sponsor; Washington Township Parks Board; Open Doors Building Construction Committee
Nice to know: Mueller (pronounced “Miller”) has visited 70 countries. “My favorite is Tanzania. I have learned much from visiting developing countries in Africa, South America and Asia. People aren’t happy because they are rich; they are happy when their lives are balanced with family and faith.”
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “Meeting people and learning about our community.”
What impact has HCLA made on the community? “The 600 graduates of HCLA can take back to their families and colleagues the information they learned. This will make our community better.”
Most valuable lesson learned through HCLA: “Many people are doing good things in our county.”
Most impactful connection made through HCLA—and why: “Our small company has had four people go though HCLA. We talk about our experiences often.”
Favorite Hamilton County park: MacGregor Park
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton County: Participating in car shows with his pride and joy, a 1959 Austin Healey Bug-Eyed Sprite.
Best-kept Hamilton County secret: “The many volunteers that are willing to offer their time (at all levels) to help others. Volunteers make a great community.”