Driving with Dave: Putting Legendary Service on the Map
A lifelong resident of Alameda, Dave Nolthenius is proud to share that his father graduated from Alameda High School in 1914. Dave, his siblings, and his two children followed in those footsteps and he’s lived on the Island ever since.
Today, Dave brings heart and humor to his role as a Bank of Marin courier. As he likes to say, “even in this technological age, people still depend on paper and need documents transported.” Traveling more than 75 miles roundtrip on a daily basis, Dave’s route goes from the East Bay to Marin and back, making stops at the Bank’s South Shore and Marina Village offices in Alameda, then to the Oakland office, and headquarters in Novato.
“Our courier service is a key element of our commitment to relationship banking,” said Peter Pelham, Executive Vice President of Retail Banking. “When you meet Dave, you know why he is the right person to deliver a personal, high touch experience to our customers.”
Always friendly and eager to help, with his signature handlebar mustache, Dave has developed some special connections with customers and employees alike in his 20-year tenure with the Bank. This includes a customer who remembers his birthday on Halloween every year, bringing him a card and candy when he stops by their office.
“What I like most about my job are the people. Everyone is really nice, which makes the driving well worth it.”
When he’s off duty at Bank of Marin, Dave is a passionate volunteer at the USS Hornet, also based in Alameda. A former Marine Corp reservist, Dave has logged nearly 12,000 volunteer hours at the Hornet over 20 years and today serves as the Commanding Officer of the Security Division.
Asked if his family supports his professional and volunteer commitments, he replies, “work gives you meaning, structure and stability.” But Dave always calls home before he leaves work, “because they worry” when he’s a bridge and a tunnel away from Alameda.
So, say ‘hi’ to Dave when you see him on the road. He’ll be sure to wave and smile back.