Echoing the sentiments of many others, here in RES we noticed David’s immediate positive impact to the Gartner business shortly after he joined the company last year. Most analysts take several months to really ramp up, but not David. He was immediately popular – it was as if he had been with Gartner for years! David instantaneously became one of the most sought-after analysts and accordingly most of my interactions with him revolved around managing his calendar. He was always trying to fit everyone in and wanted to help everyone out. I remember him calling me once to discuss a new idea he had which he felt would allow him to maximize efficiencies when it came to fitting everything in. His idea was pretty out of the box, and while I don’t believe it was ever implemented, I appreciated his fresh perspective. David wasn’t afraid to question the norm and was open to change. He wanted to make things better and was really passionate about it. This quality about him would have allowed him to be very successful in the Team Manager position without a doubt.
We all work in such a virtual environment and it is always nice to put a name with a face. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to do so with David at the TM Offsite in Virginia this September. His liveliness sticks with me the most – sharing travel experiences, singing karaoke, and always with a smile on his face. It makes me sad that I did not get to know him better.
This news was certainly devastating to those of us in RES who have worked with David over the past year. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to David’s family for this tragic loss.