David Madore Named Semi-Finalist for Entrepreneur Award

by lewwaters

This blog no longer supports David Madore and calls upon him to resign immediately!

Buried in the Business section of the Sunday, May 6, 2012 edition of the Columbian, appeared the following little blurb,

“David Madore, CEO of Vancouver-based U.S. Digital, is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award in the Pacific Northwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.”

Being named semi-finalist for a prestigious award is an honor few receive, even in the business world. But David Madore also saw his business, U.S. Digital recently named one of “Vancouver’s Fastest Growing Businesses: 10 years +,” quite a feat considering how poorly so many other businesses have performed in this ongoing repressed economy.

More than just a business owner, David Madore is also a community minded person, opening up empty office space in his business to over 30 non-profits, free of charge.

A healthy 60 years old, he is far from the stingy picture painted of many successful CEO’s. He keeps available trail mix, almonds, peanuts, fruit, orange juice, frozen straw-berries, peanut butter, salad ingredients like lettuce, tons of veggies, and expensive “Dave’s” bread, coffee and tea for his employees and the non-profits he has opened space to, all at no charge.

He even offers to pay a portion of a weight loss program if his employees or those at the non-profits desire to lose weight to improve their health.

In all, quite a remarkable man who moved an infant company from California to Vancouver a little over 20 years ago and transformed it into a multi-Million Dollar thriving business that is debt-free and served aboard Nuclear Submarines with the U.S. Navy in his youth.

Madore has drawn the ire of more than a few elected people and some at the Columbian as he has spoken against “status quo incumbents that have presided over our economic stagnation and decline.”

Seeing how the current Columbia River Crossing Project will be of little if any financial benefit to our community, he has frequently spoken in opposition to the project, suggesting a change of direction towards a more economically feasible project that would actually benefit our community.

Agreeing with many in the community, he saw a need for change and donated to several candidates for varying offices, some winning and some losing.

Of late he has seen the need to step up to the plate and give Clark County citizens another choice, announcing he will campaign for County Commissioner, position 2.

Still putting his campaign together, he asks for people to visit his facebook page and click ‘like’ to put him over his goal before the official filing date of May 14 arrives.

In a short while his campaign webpage will be up and running at DavidMadore.com.

We need new faces representing us. What with the recognition of his “excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities,” just imagine how beneficial his talents will be sitting on the County Board of Commissioners with Tom Mielke.

It is going to take people with entrepreneurial talents and spirit willing to change the direction of our county government to lead us in growing out of this deep economic morass we have been in for so long.

He has a proven track record of facing tough decisions and rendering them with compassion for all.

I’ll be supporting and voting for David Madore for Clark County Commissioner, position 2.

6 Responses to “David Madore Named Semi-Finalist for Entrepreneur Award”

  1. David will make a fine commissioner.

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  2. An example of innovation is the start up of a new online news source, http://www.Couv.com
    David Madore has researched the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) light rail project and shares his findings with the community at Couv.com and public seminars. A forensic accountant spent months on the finances and uncovered numerous irregularities. An economist brings to light the financing and other costs. A long time public policy analyst reviews the history of light rail in OR. and more. Meanwhile, the incumbent commissioner was chair of the C-Tran board, one of the agencies that approved the current Columbia River Crossing light rail project and also serves on the Regional Transportation Council (RTC). CRC presentations to C-TRAN and RTC included opportunties (and a duty) to question the project before draft and final approval. The slick slide shows were met with few relevant questions by the incumbent in spite of the many public concerns about the project. Mr. Madore has demonstrated that he will thoroughly research and review public projects better than the incumbent. Mr. Madore and other citizens have called on the C-tran board to televise meetings for the benefit of the public. The incumbent as chair ignored that request except for a public hearing. (and maybe one other meeting?).

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  3. Even though I might not agree with David in his political thoughts, feelings or ideas or stuff that he says, I have to hand the hat to him in this regard. I think he DOES know how to run a business well, which our local newspaper seems to need some tips? Maybe David could buy them and restore some fiscal sense and ability or will that kill Identity Clark County from having a mouth piece?

    David, well done at least for this point!

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  4. No good deed goes unpunished and David has received his share of criticism for working from the outside to make the CRC, C-Tran Board and other government entities more transparent. The Columbian has repeatedly tried to portray him in a negative light but all it has done is let the community know what a great ontribution he is making to our county. Without the Columbian coverage, how many people would know about the 34 non-profits he supports with free office space, free access to his well-stocked employee kitchen area, etc. We are very fortunate that David chose Vancouver when he left California. If we aren’t careful, we’ll be driving young entrepreneurs to other states just like California has done. He knows what caused him to leave California as a businessman, and will bring valuable insight to the County Commissioners’ Board.

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  5. dem2gop – You know, the answer to most of your commentary is called a “campaign website?” If he so wanted, he could just post all of that there.

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