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Passionate About Inspiring Others

Dave Smits is an executive coach with over 17 years of experience developing leaders and teams to achieve extraordinary results.  Working as a coach, consultant, and guide, Dave partners to create a life changing experience that will energize and connect individuals so they can thrive in a fast paced and ever changing environment.  

As a former high school science teacher, corporate trainer, and head of leadership development, Dave brings a proven methodology to getting people fully engaged and energized.       

In 2010, Dave founded Glacier Springs Adventure Company, LLC, an adventure team building and personal coaching firm focusing on transforming potential through customized experiences.  Dave worked in the health care field for 12 years, where he gained valuable experience partnering with leaders and their organizations around talent management and team effectiveness. He was also responsible for running a global leadership development program for top talent across the organization.  Dave also coaches global leaders at NYU Stern in the Executive MBA program and assists local businesses differentiate themselves in the market.


Dave is a certified executive coach through The Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, one of the leading executive coaching training organizations in the US and an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited program. He holds certifications in various workplace assessments such as Enneagram Assessment, Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360, Korn Ferry viaEDGE, and Energy Management from the Human Performance Institute for peak individual and team performance.


Dave is an active community leader and volunteers regularly at local chamber events.  He has a golden retriever and is an avid outdoor enthusiast, a certified whitewater raft guide and SUP fitness instructor.   Dave is passionate about leaving the world a better place by helping people get energized, connected, and living their dream.   

  • Energy Management & Corporate Athlete Certification from J&J's  HUMAN PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE

  • Executive Coach from Hudson Institute of Coaching

  • Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary 360 Assessment

  • iEQ9 Integrative Enneagram Assessment

  • ViaEdge Assessment from Korn Ferry Hay Group 


I have worked with Dave for many years, both in the co-development/implementation of organisational training, and as a participant in leadership development programs administered by Dave. Dave's enthusiasm and passion for personal and professional development is unwavering and he instils this in his course participants. His energy and creativity makes for an engaging learning experience, such that it is never a case of 'just another training program'. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a colleague and professional development leader.

—  Andrew - Vice President, Business Development at Syneos Health

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