David Templeman, DTM, of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the Owner and Managing Director of D&C Templeman Ltd., a flower-growing business that he founded in 1987. Over the last 30 years, David has grown his company from a small start-up into a limited liability company with three diversified divisions, ranging from production to end-product sales. “I am known as an industry leader in New Zealand, one who frequently initiates innovative cultivation methods and product trends,” he says. His main responsibilities include setting the vision and strategy for the company, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations.
David holds diplomas in sales, sales management, marketing, international marketing, and business studies. He is a past board member of the sales and marketing panel of the New Zealand Institute of Management. He has an extensive background in volunteer work, including volunteering at the Canterbury Working Dog Association, the New Zealand Flower Growers Association, and the National Speakers Association.
Being a natural-born leader, David was the captain of many sporting teams from an early age becoming self-employed at 21.
David joined Toastmasters in 1995, looking to enhance his communication skills in order to further a sales training career. In 2004 he won the District 72 International Speech Contest and represented New Zealand in Reno, Nevada. He has also won the District 72 Evaluation Contest in 2010.
Finally, after being talked into becoming an Area Governor in 2012, he discovered that the leadership side of Toastmasters was about the opportunity to give something back to the organisation. This began his real “journey of self-discovery”, where he learnt that “the more you give, the more you get”.
Following a rapid rise through the roles, in August 2018 he was elected to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors. David worked with the board to develop, support and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission
His view on leadership is “it’s great to have ability, but real leadership is the ability to identify, foster and develop the potential in others”.
During his Board of Directors tenure, his constant out of the box and innovative thinking was, and still is one of his biggest strengths. “If everyone just accepted things the way they are, there would never be any innovation or improvement in the world”.
David says, “The communication and leadership skills I have developed within Toastmasters have given me the interpersonal skills and confidence to take my business to heights I never dreamed were possible.”
He is married to Celina who is a Past District 72 Director. Between them, they try to manage four teenage boys ranging in ages 14-21, along with staff in their rapidly expanding business.
David firmly believes that “Leadership is about empowering others to take the lead”.