David Welsh was a high school and college runner who became an engineer. Combining his passion with work, he landed at New Balance as a footwear engineer. That’s where he really got into the industry. His running took off. His interest in running shoes took off. But working in Boston kept him away from the South Jersey community where he grew up.

He always had a love for the Philly region. So when the chance to buy a little running store in Haddonfield came about, he took a calculated risk and returned to New Jersey. That first store was followed by three others, then a restaurant — and soon to be a second restaurant. The risk obviously paid off — and Dave makes it a point to give back to the community.

The running community is a big benefactor of Dave’s generosity and leadership. He frequently raises money for high school track and field programs — including the indoor track program at Haddon Township High School — from where he graduated. He also sponsors and directs races such as the Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K, and he connects runners with each other via his involvement with the group RUN856.

Dave believes every kid should have shoes. So he’s made making that goal a priority for underserved kids. And via ‘dine to donate’ events held at The Mile Bar, other groups that have benefitted from his fundraising efforts include the Runnemede PTA and Luke’s Place, a local non-profit agency that provides resources to young adults with special needs.

Lastly, Dave believes strongly in mentoring. As busy as he is, he makes himself available for motivational speaking engagements. Following your dream includes taking risks. He has the experience to share the clearest path to make that happen for others in the community.