VICE PRESIDENT OF CONSOLIDATED BUILDING SYSTEMS, INC. (CBSI)
David Suter has been with CBSI for 15 years, 10 of those years as Vice-President and Co-Owner. David is the 1st Vice President of the IFMA San Diego Chapter and has been a Chair of the Communications Committee since 2009.
What have been the most important aspects of your success?
Honesty, integrity, and humility.
How long have you lived in San Diego? If you are not a native, where did you live before and what brought you to this city?
I was born in San Diego and raised in Point Loma. I now live in East County with my wife Sara and three sons Taylor, Jacob and Dylan.
What was the best advice you ever received in your career?
Work harder than the next guy and spend the time it takes to get the project done correctly. Also, don’t reinvent the wheel. Use the technology available to search for answers to the problems you are facing. Chances are someone else has already gone through it.
What was the greatest challenge you experienced in your career?
Becoming a Facility Manager in my early 20’s, it took a lot of extra effort to get the trust and respect from my peers and management. I traveled monthly to field offices around the nation setting up, moving, or closing those offices. There was always a team of us going on these trips and when we arrived at the office for the first time, the occupants always looked at one of the older team members as if they were the leader. I was the youngest of the group even though I was in charge. It took some getting used to but I learned to be the first to introduce myself in order to avoid that awkward moment. It probably didn’t help that I had long hair back then.
How do you de-stress?
I am at the gym by 4AM most mornings. For me it is the best way to start the day. I do enjoy mountain biking and try to do that every couple of weeks. Time in prayer and reading the bible daily helps me to remember what is important in life. No better way to de-stress than to look into the book that already has all of the answers.
What is your number one priority to provide in facility management?
For CBSI to be a value-added resource to our clients.
If you were to sum yourself up in one word, what word would that be?