Episode 102 – David Leary

October 4, 2017

David sweats his way to better work connections


David Leary is all about collecting splat points. If you go to an Orangetheory Fitness gym, you also collect splat points and now automatically have a connection with David. He also plays ice hockey and is an avid runner. Although he claims to run like a hockey player, his highlight was getting 2nd place in his age group in the Mt. Lemon Half Marathon.

In this episode, David and I talk about his exercise and running has allowed him to connect with others. Running is fairly common so when he’s at a conference, David likes to organize a group to run together, which allows them to connect in an informal way. He also says that running is similar to his work, where you put one foot in front of the other and do the best you can do. He’s always shared his passions at work, from ice hockey to exercising, and has never put up a boundary between his personal and professional lives. He believes being genuinely authentic is important and adds, “People are too worried they have to be somebody they aren’t so they fit the stereotype.”

David Leary is a Small Business Ecosystem Evangelist at Intuit, where he’s been for 20 years. His former QuickBooks related roles at Intuit have included tech support, quality assurance, engineering, product development, marketing, and product management. In 2014, he was named one of the “40 under 40” honorees by CPA Practice Advisor and in 2015 as a “One to Watch” in their Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today.

He graduated from the University of Arizona.

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