Dave Tuccaro, founder, President and CEO of Tuccaro Inc, has been an entrepreneur from the very beginning. Dave, the third eldest of eight siblings, was born on 3rd March 1958 and grew up in Fort Chipewyan, a small community in north-eastern Alberta (Canada). David is a Treaty Indian of the Mikisew Cree Band. He is an individual with sound business experience and the anchor of the Tuccaro Group.
After graduating from high school, Dave started working in the oil sands industry. As north-eastern Alberta contains one of the largest oil sands deposits in Canada and the world, oil production is the main industry for the region. Growth in the economy is driven by this booming industry and, as such, many businesses are established for the purposes of providing services to oil producers. The two main oil producers in the region include Syncrude (which is the largest producer of synthetic crude oil from Oilsands in the world ) and Suncor Energy. Other significant industries in the northern Alberta region include natural gas, forestry and tourism. Within the oil sands industry, Dave became trained as a crane operator. However, it was not long before he pursued his born entrepreneurship.
David joined the Neegan Development Corporation as General Manager in 1991. At that time the company was on the brink of financial ruin and desperately needed restructuring in order to turn things around. David completely reviewed the company's operations, re-deployed resources and began negotiating long-term contracts achieving excellent results. He realized that the company and the team he was putting together, combined with his own abilities had enormous potential. In 1993, he became full owner by buying out the four Indian bands.
David's efforts and excellence in management skills speak for themselves and did not take long to translate into solid results. In 1994,1995 and 2003, he was nominated for the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In 1995, he won the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Award and was also honoured by his hometown of Fort Chipewyan as "Outstanding Business Person 1994".
David's immediate career objective is to ensure the continued success and growth of the companies, and to build on the solid base of contracts he has already secured. Neegan is achieving this by providing a safe, professional, quality service through the recruitment of high calibre management and investing in the latest computerized and projects management systems. This will allow Neegan to diversify into previously unexploited areas of the market and expand the Native success, which Neegan is becoming.
David's commitment to the Native community extends far beyond Neegan. His involvement in Native affairs and the forwarding of the native people in business is extensive.
David was instrumental in the setting up of the National Aboriginal Business Association and is the founding President. In 1995, David spearheaded the formation of the North-eastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and is the past president. Many similar associations, right across Canada, have been modelled on David's conception.