The Prosper Times will be featuring Prosper residents each week in what we are calling “Prosper Profiles.” We want to bring to the forefront individuals who quietly go about their business with little to no fanfare. If you know of someone who qualifies for this spot, please send an email to me at the above address.
Today’s spotlight is on David Huck who currently serves as the Prosper Rotary President and conducted his first Rotary meeting last week.
David is the owner of a Prosper insurance agency called Prosper Insurance Center, LLC.
He said he moved here in 2007 with his family and his motivation for moving to Prosper was the Prosper Independent School District. He said he saw the move as an opportunity to open his own agency while getting his children in the great school system.
David and his wife Marivelisse have a teenage girl, 15, twin girls, 10, and now a 6-month-old boy.
He describes himself as a mild-mannered guy who enjoys serving the community and helping the people around him. “That’s where Rotary comes in for me,” he says. “It gives me an outlet for service. It’s everyone’s obligation to serve. If you live in Prosper, you are in an affluent area, but I think it’s still our obligation to give back and serve the community.”
Some might be surprised to know David is a painter — and not the wall-type painter, although he probably does his share of that. He’s an artist who likes to work in the impressionist’s style. “It’s something I kind of picked up later in life,” he said. “It’s something I enjoy and haven’t done a lot of this year.” He said he enjoys working in acrylics and oils and it has helped him work on his patience. He said it’s something that can’t be rushed because you have to plan ahead when producing a painting.
“You start in the background and you want the picture to come to life but you have to work the background first,” he said. “You have to lay in the ground work, because once you start layering, you can’t go back and make changes in that area.”
When asked about hobbies other than painting, David talks about his family and how he wants them to spend as much time together as possible. “We like to travel as much as we can,” he said. “Last week we were away on family vacation to Massachusetts and then flew to Puerto Rico where my wife is from.” They feel the importance of keeping their children in touch with their extended families and cultures. Travel will always be in the future of the Huck family, but so far, their favorite trip is the one David and Marivelisse took as a honeymoon. They went to Italy and still remember the small towns they visited in the Tuscany area. “It was beautiful with the vineyards and the rolling hills,” he said.
David also seems to be a person who likes to challenge himself and that’s what he does with the obstacle course races in which he participates from time to time. He said it’s like the Spartan races. “Each year I keep doing it but can’t tell if I’m getting faster or slower.” But he keeps working at it.
David is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and Texas A&M University who identifies with the ideals put forth in the Rotary Club and that may be why he’s so passionate about Rotary. He believes in service above self and that we should all think of others before ourselves. “If you do that, you’ll be happy because what you give out comes back to you.”
Having just been elected President of the Prosper Rotary, David feels the drive to help the club grow through its flag program which sets out U.S. flags for subscribed residences for each appropriate holiday through the year. All money raised goes to support college scholarships for Prosper High School graduates as well as donations to charities throughout the area.
“Everything we do is focused on local charities and helping kids have the opportunity to go to college,” he said. “Once a person is in college it’s more likely they will stay in college versus skipping a year and then going back. It’s too easy for life to get in the way of things we want to do…. and time passes. Then we wake up years later and haven’t done it. It [Rotary] just kind of grounds you. It’s a lot of work but a way of showing pride for the community and America.”
David subscribes to the philosophy put forth by that ever-wise philosopher Vince Lombardi. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
Prosper is a better place because of David Huck and people like him.