To this day, David fondly remembers creating a clay relief map of South America for an elementary school assignment. A lesson in topography and landscape, the map was something more to David. Though he wouldn’t know it for years, that map pointed the way to a lifelong fascination with travel and world culture.
It didn’t take long for David, a small-town boy from Coos Bay, to pack his bag for a trip abroad. As a University of Oregon finance major, David jumped at the chance to study abroad at the Netherlands School of Business near Amsterdam. There, he studied accounting and eagerly explored Moscow, Leningrad and East Berlin over school breaks. After college, David followed his father into accounting, naturally gravitating to international tax, which would, to his delight, take him and his young family to live and work in Geneva in the 1980s.
A shareholder at Perkins, David has not strayed far from international tax. His experience abroad and his ability to relate to expatriates and foreign nationals make him a natural fit for the field. And his love of travel? It hasn’t dissipated. He regularly visits Europe and plans to visit every country in South America, perhaps after he fulfills his dream of learning a second language. After dabbling in German, Dutch, and French, he has settled on studying Spanish, a great choice for the boy who once perfected a map of South America.