David Leuthart has been on the board for 5 years now.

He believes the most valuable aspect of the chamber is connectivity and representation.

"I am Taranaki born and bred and along with my wife Cheryl, we own Timber Co here in New Plymouth.

We were judged Supreme Winners of the Westpac Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in 2011.

We are Taranaki’s leading supplier of house frames and trusses in the building industry. We currently employ 17 very talented people that Cheryl and I are very proud of.

I have been self-employed for 28 years and in that I understand the challenges involved in owning and managing a successful business.

I am very passionate about Taranaki and the business community, and I look forward to the exciting and challenging times ahead for us all.

I am a current Board member of Francis Douglas Memorial college. We have two sons, with one son currently playing cricket in England and the other currently studying at Otago University.

In my spare time, I enjoy being with family and friends, spending time at my happy place in a secret part of New Zealand, wake boarding, relaxing, playing average golf and having the odd glass of red wine.

I have enjoyed working with the other Board members concerning our business community in Taranaki".