Dave Dier joined Historic Ithaca as bookkeeper in March. And this month, with the official sale of the William Henry Miller Inn, he marked the end of his professional baking career. As co-owner and bookkeeper at the downtown Ithaca inn for seventeen years, Dave did a little bit of everything, including making fresh bagels for the inn’s breakfasts. “Over time I’ve done so many different things,” explains Dave. “When something needed to be done, I was able to get it done.” Dave, a native New Yorker who grew up in Edwards in St. Lawrence County and attended college in Utica, values his varied experience, which includes a couple of decades as corporate controller in the food service industry in Ithaca and the Boston area.
Dave has happily focused on his new job in the non-profit sector, where he splits his hours between Historic Ithaca and The History Center in Tompkins County. He hopes to be able to give something back to the community with the switch from the for-profit world. Before he joined Historic Ithaca, Dave was familiar with the organization, having served on the board of the State Theatre after it passed from Historic Ithaca’s ownership to its own independent non-profit. He enjoys the people he’s working with and is adjusting to the differences in accounting practices in the non-profit sector. Now that he’s left innkeeping behind, Dave is looking forward to having more free time to appreciate the quality of life in Ithaca and attend more of the music festivals that he enjoys so much.
Be sure to welcome Dave next time you stop in to the office!