No matter where Dave Rust goes, he’s on a mission to make things better. He has a unique combination of financial expertise, big-picture thinking, morale-building communication skills, and a well-timed sense of humor.
Since joining Salo in March 2016, Dave has continually been at the forefront of positive change in the organization—from building an FP&A team and revolutionizing Salo’s budget and planning processes to playing a key role in strategic planning and DEI initiatives. While some CFOs are thought of as gatekeepers, Dave is the opposite. He has an uncanny ability to ask questions that prompt people to expand their perspectives, have deeper discussions, and generate the ideas that lead to real progress.
Prior to Salo, Dave worked for more than 11 years at Delta Air Lines in areas including IT, FP&A, and corporate development. Prior to that, he worked in the financial services industry with RBC, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo.
Outside of Salo, Dave brings the same skill set and energy to his work in the community. In addition to championing Salo’s community focus, he works with The Sanneh Foundation (which provides in-school and after-school support to at-risk youth to unite communities by advancing DEI and community well-being), Financial Executives International (FEI), and as a board member and youth hockey coach with the St. Paul Capitals. In each of his community roles, he provides inspiration and expertise to the organization to staff and program participants alike.
Dave holds an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. from St. John’s University, and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA). Dave lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife and three sons.