GREENVILLE - Dave Keiser, partner with Ben and Sue Studabaker in the Littman-Thomas Insurance Agency in Greenville and Bradford, is involved in numerous activities in Darke County.
A 1975 graduate of Versailles High School, he was born and raised in the North Star area, one of six children of Paul and Norma Keiser.
Even as a youth, Keiser got involved in various activities. While in high school, he was in FFA and participated in cross country, basketball and track.
Raised on a dairy farm, he showed hogs and dairy cattle at the Darke County Fair in both FFA and open classes; hogs for five or six years and dairy another four or five years.
Since then, he had helped friend Joe Bruening, a 4-H club adviser, in the 4-H program.
“My two younger brothers, Joe and Keith, were in 4-H,” Keiser said.
After high school, Keiser married Sally Miller, his high school sweetheart and farmed for five years.
He got into the insurance business in 1980; first working for Lincoln National Life out of Dayton and then with Western-Southern before coming to Littman-Thomas 30 years ago in 1984.
“I bought in as an owner in 1989,” Keiser said. “Then, we acquired the Sargent Agency in Bradford in 2005.”
He said he and the Studabakers alternate working in the two offices. He is in Greenville Monday and Wednesday, in Bradford Tuesday and Thursday as well as every other Friday and every Saturday in Greenville.
In addition to his work, he belongs to quite a few organizations.
He has been on the Darke County United Way Board since 1988, and is also on the board of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the local Boys and Girls Club and Bradford Church of the Brethren’s leadership board. Also a member of Friends of Scouting, he serves as secretary of the Darke County CIC, president of the Darke County Economic Foundation, and was just elected to the Mercer County Bank Board of Directors.
Keiser serves on the Darke County Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors Committee, is an Edison State Community College Graduate Academy Committee member, is a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge and president of the Temple Company and is on the finance committee of Darke County Youth For Christ.
He is also past president of the former Darke County Independent Insurance Agents Association.
Keiser said he gets a lot of support from his wife.
“She is extremely supportive,” he said.
He and his wife, daughter of Bob and Alma Miller, have been married since 1976, after having started dating when they were 16. They have two children, Matthew and wife Jodi who live in Fort Loramie with their four children, Joel, Ethan, Kaylee and Lily, and daughter Kristen and Jeff Weaver, who live in Versailles with their son, Zachary.
Sally, he said, has worked in the building regulations office in Darke County since 2006.
In his spare time, Keiser said he likes to read, spend time with his grandchildren and play golf for charity events.
His siblings are Dennis, who lives in California; Pam Depweg of Osgood; Jim of Minster; Joe of Celina; and Keith of North Star.