DAVE PELZER: # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Best Selling Author Recipient of The National Jefferson Award

My NativAdVantage:


In a word, Dave Pelzer embodies Esprit: Spirit, Humor & Wit. As a child, his resilience enabled him to overcome extreme life-threatening obstacles. As an adult, for over 20 years, Dave’s inspirational work has encouraged countless organizations and millions of individuals to recommit their efforts and remain steadfast to their personal convictions.

Some of Dave’s distinctive accomplishments have been recognized through a number of prestigious awards, as well as personal commendations from Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993, Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. He joins a distinguished group including: John F. Kennedy, Anne Bancroft and Christopher Reeves. In 1994, Dave was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Persons of the World! In 1996, he carried the coveted centennial flame for the Olympic Games. Dave was paid tribute as the recipient of the 2005 National Jefferson Award. Other alumni of this award include Colin Powell, Sandra Day O’Connor and Bob Hope.

Dave is the author of eight inspirational books. His latest book, Too Close To Me reveals the middle-aged consequences to A Child Called “It”. Dave’s first book, A Child Called “It” has been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for over 6 years and Dave’s books have been on the same Best Sellers List approaching 13 years combined. As an author, Dave is the first to have four # 1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Dave is a living testament of a self-made man, who as an optimist strongly exudes resilience, service to mankind, personal responsibility and faith in humanity. Dave’s unique and intriguing outlook on life, coupled with his “Robin Williams” like wit and sense of humor entertain and encourage all of us to truly commit to overcome any challenge, while living life to its fullest. For over two decades, Dave has dedicated his life to helping others . . . to help themselves. While many make excuses and seem pessimistic, Dave carries the banner in a nation where opportunities are endless in what he calls “The Greatness of America.” And through his work, you will too.

What’s Your NativeAdVantage:

What do you do best? When I believe in something, I give it my absolute all. If there are obstacles then I find another way to try. It doesn’t mean I succeed but it gives me encouragement for whatever else comes down the line.

What makes you the best?

To be brutally honest I am not the best. The only thing that helps me succeed is my strong heart and strong beliefs and I work very hard. Also, I am fortunate enough to know there is a lot of luck in life.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To remain in shape mentally, physically, and spiritually. Recently, I have taken up Tai Chi and have fulfilled my life long dream of being a firefighter. I received the firefighter of the year award which was quite an honor. All in all, it is about allowing yourself to enjoy those quiet moments.

Business: I have started a new radio show which I enjoy. It allows me to have a voice in helping others in need. I have been working on a screenplay for my first book, A CHILD CALLED “IT”. I feel extremely fortunate and fulfilled in my endeavors.

What fascinates you?

There are many wonders in the Universe. A few of mine are breaking down a musical piece for piano, the sound of waves at night, and being still in the moment with nature’s beauty surrounding me.

Favorite: The beauty of the Pacific coast.

Motto: Always have the courage to attempt to try.


I like people that are good to the core and kind enough to assist others in need.


Where I live.


Cigars and a good glass of wine however it is really about the people you are with.


The adventures of life because one never knows what events may transpire. Life is truly exciting!