The end of 2020 marked the official retirement of David L. Peeler, WK Dickson's CEO and Chairman of the Board. The legacy he leaves behind is his unwavering loyalty to his staff and his incredible integrity to the consulting industry. He is also responsible for adding aviation design and engineering to the firm and ultimately growing the practice to be one of the leading airport consultants in the southeast.
Mr. Peeler has always had a passion for aviation. David's daily activity has contained some form of aviation, whether it be working on an aviation project, mentoring aviation staff, or flying his own plane. His love for the industry has been undeniable and unwavering.
In October 1984, restless to make a change but not wanting to leave North Carolina, Peeler found a small local firm for sale whose principal owner had recently passed away. He was able to purchase WK Dickson and, with a staff of just five, added airport planning and engineering to its water/wastewater practice. A month later, he landed the company's first airport contract with the Asheville Airport, and that was the start of WK Dickson's exponential growth.
Outside of company responsibilities, Peeler was influential in the profession, having been active as a member of the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors. First appointed by Governor Hunt in 1996, he served for ten years (two terms) and held nearly all leadership positions, including chairman and vice-chairman. He considered this opportunity as one of the most significant ways to give back to the profession and was proud to have contributed during his time on the board.
We wish to thank David Peeler for guiding WK Dickson for 36 incredible years. He created a foundation for the firm that will be felt for decades to come. We will all miss his passion, caring personality, mentorship, technical and business acumen, and leadership.