David Allen - My history to date...
Born in Fort Worth,Texas in 1975
Attended Merriman Park Elementary, in Dallas, Texas, to mid-6th grade.
Moved to Cleveland, MS and completed 6th grade at the Presbyterian Day School at First Presbyterian Church.
Attended Margaret Green Junior High in Cleveland, MS for one miserable year, 7th grade.
After that I transferred to Bayou Academy in Cleveland, MS and attended 8th through 12th grades. Graduated in 1994
Not sure what the future would hold for me, I attended Delta
State University for 2 years taking general classes.
At the same time, I worked part-time for John Hudson Small Engine Service. This employment ended when John passed away after a long struggle with lung cancer. He will always have a special place in my heart. I still use daily the techniques and even a few tools he gave me.
During my second year at DSU I worked as a general laborer in the DSU Young-Mauldin Cafeteria. This was my first and hopefully last food service job! I didn't dislike any one there but my abilities are better applied elsewhere.
In 1995 I moved to Northport, AL with my parents. For a year I didn't work; spent time travelling, visiting relatives back in Texas and doing odd jobs along the way. Then I got connected with High Tide Auto Restoration in Tuscaloosa, AL. This job restoring wrecked cars and doing general mechanical repairs on BMW and Mercedes lasted over 5 years. It gave me many new friends and lots of experience (and experiences!).
During the last 3 years of my employment there, I attended Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, AL. I became certified in multicraft industrial maintenence, and industrial electrical control. I discovered my past experiences had me well prepared for these classes!
By a twist of fate, the brother of a friend got me in contact with Ag-Chem Equipment Co. I was planning a trip to Texas and talked on the phone with Ag-Chem and arranged an interview on my return trip. Within weeks I was working for Ag-Chem. My position was Field Service Engineer; which involves driving a mechanic's work truck, complete with lifting crane, onboard welding and air power systems. I repaired all manner of TerraGators and RoGators in fields, farm shops and Co-Op yards all over the eastern end of the country. This job has held many adventures and learning experiences over the past 3 years!
As of December 2, 2003 I no longer work for Ag-Chem. The parent company of Ag-Chem sold out of the service business in this territory, and have contracted with Yancey Bros. Co. to do the service here. Now, I'm working for Yancey Agricultural Products, doing the same job as I did with Ag-Chem. While I still am driving the same truck and working for the same customers as with Ag-Chem, there are plenty of new things to learn. Hopefully I will get to work on a bigger variety of machinery with this new version of my "old" job.