Born in St. Louis and raised in southern Illinois, David Kroese enjoyed a 25-year career in the biotechnology sector after earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Finding personal growth and development stalled in the second decade of his work tenure, David chose not to start anew in the corporate world. Instead, he turned to his lifelong personal interests to fill the void.
Since childhood, history and places of natural beauty fascinated him, naturally drawing him into physical and literary exploration. Having subjugated these interests to his career, David flipped his priorities. Maintaining a job assignment that could often be completed remotely during off-hours with a laptop and mobile phone, David set out to achieve personal fulfillment with the adventure of a lifetime, visiting all of America’s National Park units.
David lives in the Chicago area with his wife Kareen.