The consummate lobbyist

Thursday, August 25, 2011

For those of us lucky enough to have worked with and known David Williams, we know the real meaning of passion, commitment and tenacity. As an advocate for consumers and the homecare industry, Dave spoke from his heart; you'd never question his fundamental belief in what he was fighting for. Dave and I starting working together almost 20 years ago when he joined Invacare, and over the years we spent many hours together developing strategies, drafting lobbying documents, and conducting meetings together on Capitol Hill and elsewhere. Dave was the consummate lobbyist for our industry, at both the state and federal levels. He not only believed 110% in what he was advocating, but he also lived it 24/7. Dave taught me that there is no such thing as an insurmountable obstacle; it's just a minor hurdle and likely something to laugh at. Our industry benefited greatly from Dave's countless contributions, and he will be greatly missed.

Cara Bachenheimer is Invacare's senior vice president of government relations.