To whom it may concern:
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude and distinct honor working for Dave Aycock. I have known Dave both as a peer and as a supervisor. In both roles, Dave’s authenticity, and genuine commitment to the growth of others shined. He was the type of peer that put others needs before his own, and this did not change as he progressed into leadership roles. He took an interest in everyone he supervised, to include their family life, their personal goals, their professional goals, and what truly motivated them. He would then check in on aspects of these items and offer suggestions to improve while never judging or criticizing. It was almost an art to watch him lead. I have had many leaders in my lifetime. I served in the Army for 10 years as a bomb technician. During this time, I experienced some examples of toxic leadership and many examples of truly great leadership. Looking back at the mentors I have had in my life, I can’t think of many that compare to Dave. It is hard to find truly honest, intentional, selfless mentors. It felt as though the growth of others was Dave’s purpose and passion. After he retired, every single person that worked for Dave was almost mourning his departure. Many shed tears. Everyone commented on how much significance Dave had on their life, personally and professionally. I am fortunate to still maintain contact with Dave. And it never ceases to amaze me that during this contact, he still carries such an impactful message and seems to know just the right thing to say or do in order to make things click. He has been very influential in some of my most difficult decisions, and I have never regretted listening to his advice or acting on his suggestions. In fact, I feel as though I didn’t truly find my purpose until I was exposed to Dave’s mentorship. I am incredibly grateful to call Dave a friend and a mentor. It is my hope that everyone experiences a leader such as Dave. Very few understand the impact or gravity of servant leadership, and purpose driven actions that shape the growth and fulfillment of those around them like Dave Aycock. Please feel free to contact me directly if I have left any questions unanswered.