Flint native and highly successful entrepreneur W. David Tarver will soon be center stage in the Flint area. The Flint Public Library and the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring an event featuring the entrepreneur turn author on Thursday, November 29. It will include a reception, a lecture and book signing, which begins at 5:00 p.m.
Tarver has published a new book: Proving Ground: A Memoir which traces his journey from ambitious youth to determined entrepreneur to “free man.” The journey began in Flint where young Tarver wondered why his father, an accomplished radio and television technician, only exercised his passion for electronics in the basement of their home.
Inspired by his father’s expertise and the civil-rights movement, David resolved to one day start a company that made “electronic stuff.” He wanted to prove that, given opportunities and access his father never had, he could take charge of his career and his life. After college at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and then the University of Michigan, David began his professional career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. After seven years at the amazing Bell Labs, he decided to leave to fulfill his childhood ambition: David finally created a company that made “electronic stuff,” in the basement of his own home.
David Tarver felt he had something important to prove—to himself, to his colleagues, and to society. That is why he was willing to risk everything on a roll of the entrepreneurial dice. His compelling story will inform, motivate, and inspire anyone who has ever contemplated starting a business.