speaks to a family business conference about the Archie Comics brand. The
company co-founded by his Grandfather.
David Silberkleit has ridden a recumbent
bike from Hanoi to Saigon, flown a blimp across Connecticut, soared in a
glider 27,000 high, hung out with orangutans in Borneo, sailed across the
Atlantic, thrown out the first pitch in a major league ball game, dove with
sharks in Palau and dined at The White House.
Perhaps his greatest adventure, however, was to walk away from Archie
Comics, a family business started by his grandfather in 1941, which David
would have one-day owned had he stayed. He spent nine years marketing the
Archie property: some of his achievements include an initiative to create
the first comic book ever created from 100% recycled paper, a “Say No to
Drugs” campaign for the characters that appeared on more than 1 billion
milk cartons, the creation of the first-ever live-action Archie Movie of
the Week and a walk down Broadway in a Jughead costume in the Macy’s
Thanksgiving Day Parade.
David left the company (and his inheritance) in 1993 to start
Empowercoach, a coaching practice dedicated support for people who
want to take a stand. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,000
coaching sessions. In 1998, he was one of the first coaches in the world
to be certified as a Master Coach, the highest designation in the personal
coaching field (currently held by less than 2% of all coaches). In 2007,
he was ordained as an interfaith Minister at the request of two coaching
clients so that he could perform their wedding.
In 2000, David sold his home and most of his possessions to ride off
into the sunset on a tandem bicycle with his girlfriend. After five months
of pedaling in Europe and coaching clients from the road, he came back to
America (alone) to write “A New Adventure Every Day” (Sourcebooks), a
guidebook for finding fascination and wonder without leaving town.
David has been featured extensively in national radio interviews,
in Cosmopolitan, Shape and Woman’s Day magazines, and in hundreds of
newspapers. David and his fiancée Leslie live in Connecticut, where he
runs his coaching and transformational workshop practice from a new home
and office, rapidly filling with most of the same stuff he gave up in
in circles, hanging upside down at the indoor rock climbing gym.
by Paul Desmarais