In fact, we have several people with criminal backgrounds in leadership positions throughout the company.” Grassroots Beginnings To start, Dave and Glenn launched four varieties of their special breads at Portland farmers markets in August 2005.
In a nod to Dave’s recovery, all were marketed with the quirky tagline “Just say no to bread on drugs,” just as every Dave’s Killer Bread variety still is today.
He called it “Killer,” because he was sure it was that tasty and filling.
Baking a Difference It was also “killer” because it proved to be so much more than a loaf of leavened bread.
With concerts and parties to throw comes billboards, multiple performance stages, a zip-line across the Mississippi River, 10,000 colorful Super Bowl themes boxes backed and stacked with gift gear, tons of food, and a lot more.
At an event earlier this year, I met two women who, as it turned out, were not only business partners but also life partners.
Preferring not to use his last name, he credits Dave and company with giving him a clean, new start in life. “We are going to keep on talking about this issue,” he said, “sharing our success stories and encouraging other businesses to give someone with a criminal background a second chance.” Starting a business is hard work.
He was eager to jump back into the mix and get cooking again, this time as co-founder of his own operation with his brother, and later with his brother’s son, Shobi, as well.
“Fifteen years in prison is a pretty tough way to find one’s self, but I have no regrets.
A whole lot of suffering has turned this ex-con into an honest man, who is doing his best to make the world a better place.” As the burly, six-foot-tall Beaver State native says, he’s giving back one wholesome loaf — and one job for someone in need — at a time.
They left their marriages and grown children in their 50s and have been together ever since.
My curiosity piqued, I'm afraid I monopolized their time with my many questions. I DIDN'T "BECOME" GAY Most of the women I interviewed were adamant that they did not suddenly turn from straight to gay, but rather only awakened later in life to their attraction to women.