“Dave Zimmer was the speaker at our annual in-service/faculty meeting. He delivered an inspirational message which focused on his ‘Top Ten Ways to Lead a Significant Life.’ He so impressed me that I asked for his contact information so that I could share it with other area school districts that they might benefit from his abilities. I highly recommend him if you need a motivational speaker in the future."
~Greg Mann, Superintendent USD 211, Norton, KS

“Our 2017 Nebraska Lions Rally could not have gone better. I received many comments from attendees who told me that this was the best Fall Rally in years and that they were very inspired by our guest motivational speaker Dave Zimmer. I heard comments like, ‘Wow!!! I came away from the Fall Rally inspired! Listening to Mr. Zimmer was worth the whole weekend!’ Another Lion commented ‘our opening speaker on Friday, Dave Zimmer was outstanding…great job on securing Dave. Our international guest, Jennifer Ware, was very impressed with the Rally. It was one of the best Fall Rallys we’ve ever had here in Nebraska!’ Thanks again Barry and Tyler for suggesting Dave. He was a great presenter and a big hit with our Lions. He definitely helped make our 2017 Fall Rally a big success!”
~Bob Swan, President of Past District Governors

“Dave is one of those speakers you can rely on to bring quality information and inspiration to any group in a positive and humorous style. If you want your audience to be entertained and inspired, call Dave Zimmer!"
~Don Noecker - Farm Bureau Financial Services

“I've had to evaluate speakers and instructors in various settings throughout a 30 year naval career. Dave Zimmer is without a doubt one of the best I have ever seen!"
~ Stephen Hillis - FltCM USN (ret)

“I would like to thank you for the excellent job you did speaking at our Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska All Staff Day. We were all inspired by your message and the way you gave us information and inspiration in a positive and humorous way. Thank you for inspiring 160 staff members and reminding them that they too can lead a significant life."
~Sherri Hansen, Planning Director for Community Action Partnership, Kearney, NE

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for your wonderful opening program for our district in-service. It was very well done and left us with things we need to consider as we approach the new school year. Your presentation helped us understand who we are and why we do the things we do. Please put me on the list of people who believe in your message and I would recommend your presentation to any group of educators, students or parents.”
~Brian Shanks, Superintendent, Elk Point - Jefferson Schools




Leading a Significant Life


Dave Zimmer grew up in Hartington, Nebraska where he spent much of his youth working at his parent’s drive-inn restaurant. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He later went on to earn his Masters Degree from Wayne State College in School Administration. Dave resides in Kearney and is married to his sweetheart Renae. The Zimmers have two grown children.

Dave is currently employed by the Kearney Public School District. He has twice been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He has also served on the Nebraska State Steering Committee on Character Education.

Dave is the author of the book, “The Top Ten Ways to Lead a Significant Life.” Over the years, he has delivered his message to thousands of people across the country. It’s been said that “Dave’s message is practical and thought-provoking, and when you hear him present, it will cause you to think about your own life and truly does matter.”



Kearney, NE



The Top Ten Ways to Lead a Significant Life is a valuable resource for those who want to lead a life that truly matters. Author Dave Zimmer has a background of 12 successful years in public education as a teacher, coach and high school principal. This book is a practical guide for those looking for meaning, direction and purpose in their life.





"The Top Ten Ways to Lead a Significant Life" - A common sense message about making your life count. Some of the topics addressed in this presentation include human potential, pursuing dreams, dealing with change, the importance of attitude, dealing with adversity, being a team player, integrity, and the importance of gratitude. This is a presentation everyone can benefit from whether old, young, or any age in-between!

"Youth Sports: Don't Forget About the Youth" - Youth sports have changed over the years. This presentation focuses on the role of coaches, parents and all adults in sports. The ultimate theme is "keeping things in perspective and making sure that, in the end, youth sports focuses on the youth!"



“Thank you for agreeing to be our motivational speaker for our All Staff Day. The ten strategies you shared were powerful! You have a real gift for getting to the heart of the matter. Thanks for inspiring ESU#1 employees to be their best, give their best and live their best.”
~Rhonda Jindra, Educational Service Unit #1, Wakefield, NE

“On behalf of Construction Engineer, Claude Odie, and our entire Construction Division staff, please let me extend to you our thanks for speaking at our annual Project Managers Conference held in Kearney. Based on the positive comments I received about your presentation on leadership, I am confident that you had an important and effective impact on the audience. One individual told me he wrote down numerous key points for future reference and that he is not normally inclined to do so.”
~Steven Bartos, Assistant Construction Engineer, Nebraska Department of Roads

“Thank you for speaking at our Accountants' Fall Conference last week. I really enjoyed your presentation and you received almost all excellent marks on the evaluation sheets. Thank you again for your efforts in making this a successful conference and hopefully we can get you back for another group.”
~Mary Roach, Director of Education and Training, Des Moines, IA