What do vacuum cleaners, fried chicken and Texas land conservation have in common? One man.
J. David Bamberger didn’t begin his career as professional conservationist. In fact, after graduating from college, Bamberger shocked his friends and family by passing on an offer to work at an insurance company, instead becoming a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman in Ohio. His natural charm proved useful, and Bamberger found financial success going door-to-door.
Choose Energy spoke with Mr. Bamberger, who explained, “I learned more from door-to-door work than I ever learned in university. That had to do with people. I met all kinds of people.” After 17 years going door-to-door, Bamberger moved to Texas, where he had as many as 15 salesmen working under his management.
It was during his time selling vacuums that Bamberger met fellow vacuum cleaner salesman Bill Church, who needed a financial backer to expand his father’s fried chicken restaurant. Bamberger decided to partner with Church, and the two built the chain now known as Church’s Chicken.
With his earnings, Bamberger pursued a very different passion – habitat restoration and land conservation. “People thought I was crazy to invest in the fast food industry,” he said. “But from that investment, I had the capital to do what I dreamed and that was to see if I could take a worthless piece of real estate, work with it, and bring it back to productivity where Mother Nature is the beneficiary.”