Faces of AAO: Dave Recker
Dave Recker is a familiar face with the AAO - serving as Commodore in 2013, and is now President of AAO. In addition to his work with the AAO, Dave is a long-time volunteer for youth organizations.
What is one of your favorite memories of being an Aquatennial Ambassador?
Having been raised in a small rural farming community, I enjoyed every visit to Minnesota communities to meet the wonderful and friendly citizens. It was also incredible watching the improvement in self-confidence, public speaking, leadership, and social grace of all 600+ community candidates.
What are your hopes for the Aquatennial and/or AAO?
Community Ambassador Organizations and AAO have already done a tremendous job in developing young Minnesota women to be the leaders of tomorrow. We want to continue to attract passionate leaders to so that we continue to strengthen our program and provide mentoring for our youth, aiming them toward success in life.
How did you first hear about the Aquatennial?
We moved to Minnesota in the 70s and took our four sons to the Aqua Follies and Torchlight parade. In 2012, a Navy friend and Minnesota resident described the entire program to me and strongly encouraged me to accept a role as Commodore.
Why do you continue to be involved with AAO?
AAO, in concert with 60 Minneosta communities, has proven its value in developing young women.
Dave is a retired business executive in power generation and a retired Navy Captain. He and his wife enjoy activities with their 8 grandchildren. Dave is an avid outdoor enthusiast, particularly enjoying alpine skiing and road bicycling.