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Talking about Good Work with Dave Hataj, President of Edgerton Gear

October 23 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CDT

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Join us for an inspiring conversaton and Q&A with author and president of Edgerton Gear, Dave Hataj.

During this in-person event with Dave Hataj, we will dive into the spiritual and practical themes that weave through Dave’s life and book, Good Work—How Blue Collar Business Can Change Lives, Communities, and the World.

In the documentary Turning, produced by Faith & Co., Dave’s work and personal faith journey are inseparable. His dramatic story is evidence of God’s personal care for him, as well as the “kingdom” value of all types of work. Dave is dedicated to serving God, the people who work with him at Edgerton Gear, and the high school students who participate in his training and mentoring program, Craftsman with Character. As the president of Edgerton Gear, Dave spent years transforming the company and its dysfunctional culture into what it is today—a model for holistic integration of faith, work, and collegial decision-making. His vision is inspiring, as is its practical outworking,

Marketplace leaders, blue collar workers, and readers of Good Work will find this time with Dave Hataj moving. Please join us.

Dave Hataj

David Hataj has served for over 40 years in his second-generation family business, Edgerton Gear, in Edgerton, Wisconsin. He completed his doctorate in 2014 at Bakke Graduate University, where his dissertation focused on developing a curriculum for high school students interested in technical education that emphasized character development and the role of mentoring relationships. His Master’s thesis focused on “Systems Theory and Family Business” at Regent College. His innovative approach to small business has birthed two more small businesses, two charitable trusts, and a partnership with the local high school in mentoring youth in the trades, called  Craftsman with Character. Dave is a frequent speaker and consultant on the meaning and value of work, and he credits his passion for the Marketplace and Theology of Work to the late Pete Hammond of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Dr. Paul Stevens of Regent College.

Together with his wife, Tracy, he also serves extensively in Honduras, focusing on community transformation through the education and mentoring of young people. Dave and Tracy raised their three sons on a small farm in rural Wisconsin, where Dave embraces his “blue collar” identity, enjoying gardening, hunting, beekeeping, raising cattle and chickens, and cutting wood to heat the family home during the long Wisconsin winters. 



October 23
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CDT
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