Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Dave Spence

"It is critical that we develop entrepreneurs in our state.  That is where the job creation is going to come from so that we can recover and get our fellow Missourians back to work.  We are hoping that our initial commitment to this program sparks others to help us in mentoring future leaders in our state."

Dave and Suzie Spence

David Spence recently stepped down as the President of Alpha Packaging after nearly 27 years at the helm. Alpha is a Missouri-based plastics manufacturing company that Dave built from the ground up. Spence secured a loan to buy Alpha in 1985 at the age of 26. At the time, the business had about 15 employees and $350,000 in annual sales.

A proven job creator, Dave has led Alpha’s remarkable expansion to over 800 employees and almost $200 million in revenue. He has also served as the Chairman of Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging, a Missouri-based company.

Dave and Suzie Spence have been married for 21 years. They live in the St. Louis area with their four teenage children. The Spences are active members of St. Genevieve Du Bois Catholic Church and are involved in numerous church, civic, and charitable organizations.

Dave has also won several awards for his business and charitable efforts, including the 2009 Fast Track Award from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce for Alpha Packaging and the 2010 Fast Track Award for Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging. Dave Spence sponsored the Entrepreneurship Alliance starting in 2011.