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Episode 9: Dale Zevenbergen (Dordt)


My guest on today’s podcast is Dale Zevenbergen, who is a Dordt Business Professor and Optavia Health Coach. Dale discusses what led him to become a CPA and working in private accounting. His first accounting position was at Pella Corporation, and we spend some time talking about his various roles within in the company, and ultimately what led him to his current position at Dordt.

In this episode, we discuss the topic of servant leadership and some of the individuals who influenced Dale in his career progression. We talk about the importance of being intentional about relationships and the content we consume on a regular basis. Dale highlights a few of the early opportunities he was given to develop his leadership skills at Pella by being mentored and then by mentoring other employees. He discusses how relationship development, professional development, and living a healthy lifestyle have been connected in his life. We conclude the interview by discussing the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are encouraging and driving you forward, and the importance of mentoring others.

I hope you enjoy this episode of the IMPACT Podcast!

Highlights from this episode:

    • Dale’s position today and how he works with students [6:25]
    • People who stand out in his life [10:05]
    • How to lead people [10:30]
    • How Dale has been empowered in his own life [13:30]
    • How Dale keeps developing his own leadership [15:55]
    • What does success mean to him [24:19]

Links from this episode:

Dordt –
Kroese & Kroese –
Pella –
Leadership Iowa –
Leadership Sioux Center –
Business Networking International (BNI) –
Optavia –

Book references:
5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman –
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey –
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
The Miracle Morning – Robert Kiyosaki –

(Integrated Financial Planning, Dordt, Kroese & Kroese, Pella, Optavia, and LPL Financial are separate entities.)