Coffee shop owner calls himself ‘living example of God’s mercy’

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

David Tucci

David Tucci

Executive director, Consolidated Sales Network
Franchisee/owner, Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop

Age: 63
Parish: St. John the Baptist, New Brighton
Spouse: Marilyn
Volunteer activities: Knights of Columbus, St. John the Baptist’s Men’s Fellowship, St. John the Baptist’s Parish Groups and Activities Commission, St. John the Baptist Watchmen, Shoreview Baseball coach
Education: Winona State University, 1975

Q: What does leading with faith mean to you?

A: I look at it as being pretty basic. My goal each day is to attempt to have everything I do be done in light of my faith. I miss numerous times each day, so thankfully, God’s mercy and direction is always helping me try again.

Q: How do you concretely apply your faith and Catholic values at work?

A: The way I treat people, the way I approach interactions and the decisions we make for our businesses need to be a reflection of faith. I tell all new people that they can’t mess up bad enough that we can’t fix it. Thankfully, that is the way God treats me.

Q: Describe a time when applying your faith at work really made a difference.

A: We have had several young people work with us in our coffee shop that have had difficult, sometimes unbelievable, experiences happen to them that will affect their entire lives. We try to give them some influence that reinforces trust and a positive experience with people in leadership roles. And we’ve seen them grow and mature in ways that will help them later in life.

Q: Who or what has been most inspirational to you in bringing your faith to the marketplace?

A: I have to recognize my wife, Marilyn. Whenever I have faced really difficult times or have been overwhelmed with the unsolvable, she centers me, slows me down and focuses me on putting the situation in God’s hands. And it always works. The unsolvable always becomes easier.

Q: What achievement at work are you most proud of?

A: There really isn’t one or two things. Persevering always amazes me. Pushing through adversity and trying to do the right thing always make accomplishment of goals really worthwhile.

Q: In what specific ways have you experienced God’s presence in your workplace?

A: I am a living example of God’s mercy. My business life hasn’t always been centered on my faith and my relationship with God. There were numerous times where I should have done things differently. But he has given me many second chances, and when I listen to his direction, I see success in my workplace.

Q: What advice do you have for others who want to lead with faith?

A: As St. Francis is often quoted: “Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.” You have to get to know the people you work with. How you interact with them and act around them is the best avenue to bring the values of our faith to their everyday life.

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