Dave Winston

Dave Winston

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About Dave

Dave Winston is a visionary leader in the world of executive search, combining over two decades of experience with a relentless passion for his craft. As the head of Caldwell’s Industrial Practice and Dallas office, Dave brings a diverse background and a wealth of expertise to the table, having successfully placed nearly 500 C-suite, finance and P&L executives, with a focus on PE-backed manufacturing companies. Dave truly enjoys recruiting transformational executives, and particularly doing it at Caldwell with his team who have been together for over 15 years.

For Dave, executive search is more than just a job, it’s a calling. His commitment to helping clients and candidates, combined with his passion for search and his diverse background, make him an asset to the private equity community and a true thought-provoking leader in his field.


Dave’s story goes beyond just his corporate career – before embarking on his journey in executive search he spent 20 years as a Marine officer. In addition to turning jet fuel into noise, he honed his leadership skills and developed a unique perspective on the importance of building relationships and providing solutions.


Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University.

More About Dave

A lifelong athlete, Dave played NCAA Soccer and served 20 years as a FIFA referee. He is an avid outdoorsman who photographs, hunts and fishes around the world. He enjoys travel and has set foot in over 41 countries so far. He has served as chairman of Heroes on the Water, an organization that helps wounded warriors heal through kayak fishing and the outdoors.

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The team knew exactly what to look for and didn’t give up until we got there. Along the way everybody was focused and responsive.” – Nick Scarsella, President & CEO, Crestview Aerospace

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