Dave Coffer lives over three-thousand miles from Alpine Bearing‘s headquarters in Boston. He has either the world’s worst commute or the best. Dave maintains it’s the best. After 23 years in the bearing business, he’s in an ideal situation. He works as a sales engineer for Alpine Bearing, from his home in Covington, Washington. We spoke on the phone recently about his new role with the leading bearing distributor.
“At Alpine, I’m concentrating on following web-based sales leads,” says the Seattle native. “I want to help expand our reach.” Dave comes to the bearing distribution giant from National Precision Bearing, where he managed client accounts across an 11-state territory, including key contracts for large firms. He also worked with numerous small to mid-sized companies, where he developed tight customer relationships. He’s thrilled with Alpine and his new position. “I’ve run across Jim Levin and Alpine many times throughout my career and I’ve always liked how he does business. He buys high quality bearings at good prices. That allows the sales team to pass those deals on to our customers.”
Though Dave is attached to Alpine’s Anaheim, California office, he works primarily out of his home in Washington. That allows him to stay close to his wife, Leah and son, Turner. Dave, a Seattle Seahawks fan (we forgive you), also enjoys watching the Cougars from his alma mater, Washington State, and, of course, Turner’s high school baseball team.
Dave is happy about this new opportunity. When asked about Alpine, Dave says, “I’ve been in this business long enough to know where I want to be. I’m happy here. Working with this crew has been great. Jim and the whole team welcomed me with open arms.” Dave adds, “It doesn’t hurt that Alpine handles an impressive array of products and has a large inventory. It’s much easier to make sales when you have something to sell.”