Dave Zinn

Dave Zinn

Director of Business Operations

Dave leads the business side of architecture as Ascent’s director of operations. In this role he works with our principal architect to execute the firm’s strategic plan and oversees office procedures, accounting, human resources, and marketing. Both technically minded and a creative, Dave applies his 30-plus years of business leadership, design, marketing, and advertising experience to help us serve our clients and continue to grow in the local and national architecture markets.

Before joining Ascent, Dave served as the chief operations officer of Worthy Brewing Company where he oversaw restaurant and brewery operations and managed a 125-person staff. He also spent more than a decade working on national marketing campaigns as Les Schwab Tire Company’s creative director after starting his career at Westinghouse.

Dave is a proud father and grandfather. Outside of work, he enjoys house remodeling (every home he’s ever owned), playing guitar, binge-watching TV, and painting everything from abstract to illustration to impression. An internationally recognized commercial artist, his work has received awards and been featured in various publications and gallery events. He even wrote a song  that earned an independent-song-of-the-year nomination in Canada and received an award for the most-played-song on Canadian country radio!

In all his experience, Dave has found that the greatest reward for him comes from playing a part in the development of people, teams, and leaders. He believes “at the core of business success, you’ll always find great people.”

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