|Membership level: Hall of Fame
David J. Stoldt
Inductee Year 2008
|Dave Stoldt began his successes in life early, beginning in athletics and academics, and thereafter in the financial world and as a philanthropist.
A 1976 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, Dave was in the National Honor Society, recipient of the Peter Winston Friend Scholarship, and a member of one of the State Champion gymnastics teams, placing second individually specializing in the pommel horse. He also found time at Central to do artwork for various student publications.
Dave’s gymnastic career flourished at University of Illinois where, as an un-recruited walk-on and team captain, he earned an NCAA championship and runner-up, two Big Ten titles, a Big Ten Medal of Honor, an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, and was honored in 2005 by the NCAA with a Silver Anniversary Award.
After graduating college as an engineer with honors, Dave obtained an MS degree from University of California, and then an MBA from Stanford, before launching a successful business career. This included thirteen years as an investment banker, mostly with PaineWebber, where he focused heavily on public projects involving water, sewers, hospitals, and others.
After nearly two decades living and working in California, Dave moved near Boston where he now lives with his wife, Connie, and three children. Dave is President and CEO of a life sciences company, Nascent BioSciences, and is a Principal in another company, CommonwealthPacific Ventures, which invests in early-stage emerging firms.
Dave and Connie have been generous donors, fundraisers or supporters for numerous charities and schools. These include: Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.; Board Chairman, Hopkinton (Mass.) School Board; Stanford; Oakland California Ballet; various University of Illinois athletic associations; and the Center for Women in Enterprise.
Dave is now past the pommel horse stage in his life, but has not ceased other very vigorous and competitive athletic activities. He participates in marathons, triathlons, kayak racing, swim racing (having swam the famously treacherous waters between Alcatraz prison and San Francisco), and mountain climbing. Dave once stood atop Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya.