David Petzer ABout Me pageI am president of Pelzer Communications Resources Inc., an Evanston, Illlinois-based communications consulting firm specializing in interpersonal communications and crisis preparedness.

I have worked in agricultural communications for the past 35 years. As a college student at The Ohio State University, I ran a booth at the Ohio State Fair that communicated about integrated pest management to help protect beneficial insects. I later worked for the University of California Extension Service helping farmworkers in California form and manage their own marketing co-ops. I picked crops on farms in California and Israel, while studying comparative cooperative systems. I was an educational aids editor for National 4-H Council, and an award-winning editor for FarmFutures and Agri-Finance magazines. Starting in the 1990’s, I worked as an industry communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board, and then for Dairy Management Inc. as a communications trainer to help farmers, veterinarians, food safety experts and dietitians tell their story – and agriculture’s story – to the public.

I’m proud to have worked for people in agriculture, and continue to espouse their core values of hard work, integrity, innovation, continuous improvement and community service.

David Pelzer Costa Rica
Volunteering in Costa Rica (January 2016)

I love traveling, training and volunteering, both in the U.S. and in Latin American countries. In early 2016, I worked at a wild animal refuge center in Costa Rica, and also helped remove barbed wire fencing from abandoned ranches in southern Arizona to help protect antelope and mule deer.

I have two beautiful adult sons, one a political journalist in Ohio, and the other a high school physics teacher in Brooklyn, who now has a beautiful baby girl, my granddaughter.