Speakers and Facilitators

Dave Herpy, MS

Dave Herpy is a career public servant who has dedicated his career and life to making a positive difference in the community through leadership in municipal, county, and university settings.

Dave serves as Extension Organizational Development Coordinator at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, where he is responsible for developing and implementing professional and leadership development programs for a workforce of over 1,000 employees with NC Cooperative Extension Service, working in collaboration with their Extension leadership team.

Prior to his current role, Dave worked with summer camps for over twenty-five years as a camp counselor, camp director, and state camping specialist. He has also served as a graduate teaching associate and adjunct lecturer at three universities for over the past twenty years, as well as a freelance facilitator, trainer, and writer for over the past decade.

His most important role in life is being a father to his four children and husband to his wife, Courtney. Outside of work, he enjoys training for and racing in triathlons and half marathons, as well as volunteering in his community, especially coaching his youngest daughter’s soccer team.

Dave has an A.A. from Lakeland Community College, a B.S. in Leisure Studies from Kent State University, and an M.S. in Recreation and Sport Science from Ohio University.

Dave is passionate about helping individuals and organizations achieve their highest potential and welcomes the opportunity to work with your team to improve organizational culture, teamwork, and experiencing more joy at work. He believes in the power of the FISH! Philosophy and how it transforms organizations and teams!


Dave is the real deal. He’s an inspirational servant leader who walks the talk and leads by example. When I worked at Summit Metro Parks, we created a collaboration to offer the first-ever paddling programs to park visitors that created value for both of our organizations. I’ve since partnered with many people across different industries, but Dave remains one of my very favorite collaborators, ever. Dave’s professionalism, positivity, tenacity, follow-through and leadership is among the best I’ve ever seen. Since our paddling program days, I’ve seen Dave evolve even further as a purpose-driven leader who makes massive positive impacts. He strives for nothing less than excellence and is constantly learning and sharing his knowledge through speaking, podcasts, blogs, social media, volunteering and connecting others. If anyone is looking for a leader, speaker, educator, writer or blogger, Dave is your man!

Christine Hockman
Catalyst for Positive Change | Coach | Entrepreneur | Speaker | Curator of Curiosity

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dave Herpy in a speaking/facilitation role for over 10 years. I know that when I am in a session led by Dave, I can expect at least three things: Timely content, Real-world examples, and exercises that grow my skills and perspective on the topic.

A facilitator who’s number one (and only) goal is to help me become better

When Dave speaks on building successful teams you can tell it comes from someone who has lived it. He has worked in environments where maintaining morale and getting people “on the same page” is incredibly difficult. His positivity is no doubt one of his greatest assets.

Something else I admire about Dave is his presence. When you are talking with Dave, you feel like you are the most important person in the world to him at that moment – because you ARE! I’ve been at several conferences with Dave, and I always smile when I see him interacting with participants because I know they will feel seen, heard, and understood by his full attention on them.

Finally, you can trust Dave because he is a person of complete integrity. Who you see facilitating is the same person you will see him being as a spouse and dad. That is rare indeed, and what makes Dave so impactful when he is facilitating to any group.

Jones Loflin
Professional Speaker and Coach

Articles, Blogs, Media, and Podcasts

Presentation Clips/Reels
The FISH! Philosophy – Experiential Learning at FISH! Trainer the Trainer

Website: https://daveherpy.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dherpy/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dherpy/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/triathleader/

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