It’s only been a few weeks, but the decision to lure Dave Angeles from the City of Allen is proving to be a good one. Dave assumed the park services manager position vacated by the current Parks & Recreation department (PARD) Director Ron Smith. This new Team Plano member opened up about his life and future plans:
TP: Where were you born?DA: Grand Rapids, Michigan
TP: Married/single, children, pets?DA: Married 14 years to wife Becky. We have two children, Annabelle (9) and Abram (5). Our family includes an 11-year-old Lab mix named Mocha.
TP: What are the responsibilities of the parks services manager?DA: I work with an exceptional group to manage the Parks System, which includes parks ground and infrastructure, nature preserves, athletic fields, special use facilities, public facilities ground, and medians. The Parks division collaborates on project management, long range CIP and operation planning, and determining present and future needs. I’ll also support PARD through public relations duties and being a resource to citizen boards and the community.
TP: What was your first day on the job like?DA: My first day was spent in New Hire Orientation, followed by a few days of PeopleSoft Trainings and introductions to co-workers. I was impressed with their welcoming environment, expertise and professionalism. I also researched the organization’s strategic plan, department master plan and initiatives to better understand Plano’s priorities and direction.
TP: What drew you to this career path?DA: I’ve been involved with parks, recreation and facility management for 16+ years. Learning, engaging and serving a community just seemed to fit my servant leadership approach and provides internal satisfaction. I’ve had great opportunities over my career to blend an entrepreneurial approach to a municipal setting. Plus, finding solutions and enhancing existing strong operations is a motivator for me.
TP: What are your primary focuses this first year on the job?DA: I quickly learned there’s an exceptional staff here, and I have three areas to highlight:
TP: What’s your favorite sport/team?DA: I follow college athletics primarily, and Michigan State Spartans are my team of choice. Although I’ve softened over the years and just consider myself a Big Ten Conference fan!
TP: Finally, do you have a favorite quote?DA: I’m a cyclist, so I tend to lean toward bicycles for inspiration! This approach is useful when engaging your community, coworkers and family as well!
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." – E. Hemingway