Paducah’s Citizen Extraordinaire
With a ready smile and a sincere concern for those around him, it is easy to see that David Mast is the kind of citizen others aspire to be. Perhaps this is one reason he is the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s reigning Distinguished Citizen.
Currently working in the private sector as Vice President of Government Affairs and Business Development for Utilities Dynamics, Inc. (UDI), David previously worked as U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield’s Paducah Area Field Representative for seven years. In this position, he came into contact with Western Kentuckians from all walks of life, and he left a lasting impression on many.
“I tried very hard to be responsive, sincere, accessible and credible on any issue that showed up at the Congressman’s office. I assume it was seven years of those traits that won me the award. As I said in my (acceptance) speech, it was the way the job should be done,” said David.
Beginning his political career at the age of 16, David already had experience ‘from the ground up’ when he joined the staff of Congressman Whitfield. Working for the late Congressman Bill Emerson of Missouri, David says he did “the typical things a 16 year old did on a campaign, like putting on bumper stickers, erecting 4 x 8 signs . . . and running any errand I was sent on.”
While earning his B.A. in History at the University of Kentucky, David worked on another congressional campaign, which his camp lost by only six votes. His hard work was noticed and he soon had an interview with Congressman Whitfield’s District Director. He was selected for the position of Field Representative, which he held until 2007, when he accepted a newly created position with UDI, a privately owned and operated company which provides consulting services to help clients maximize energy efficiency.
Although David’s selection as Distinguished Citizen may not have surprised others, it did come as a surprise to David. “I had no idea I was chosen to receive the award,” he said. “Considering who has won the award before, I am in good company.”
David also believes he is in ‘good company’ as a customer of Paducah Bank. “From our first meeting with Carla Berry, everyone has been wonderful to work with. I think it starts at the top with Joe and Wally leading by example,” says David, “and those principles are engrained throughout.”
According to David, his whole family enjoys the benefits of Paducah Bank. “From setting up a last minute account for my stepdaughter, Lindsay, before she moved to D.C. for five months, to giving us quick answers on any questions we have regarding our accounts or loan requests, they have been awesome,” he says of the Paducah Bank team.
And as for being the 2007 Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, David is somewhat awed himself. “I am 42, nowhere near retirement,” he says, “and now feel an even deeper sense of responsibility to give back to a community that has given my family so much.”
David’s family, which includes wife Melisa and daughters Lindsay and Ashleigh, lives in the Heath area, and both daughters attend Heath Schools.