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Dale Monnin was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In a family of 11 athletic children, Dale’s one passion that has never faded is for the drum.

He earned an MIS degree from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the University of Dayton. Dale spent time with NCR as a Systems Analyst, and at IBM in Technology Sales and Parametric Technology. When he joined PTC, a fast-growing software company based in Waltham, MA, Dale’s work overseas intensified. As the manager of New Hire Training, there were extended trips to Japan, China, and Korea.

After PTC, Dale was named Managing Director of African Operations and re-located to Johannesburg, South Africa. On the Drum Continent, Dale finally invested in his long-held passion for drumming and at 31 years old, bought his first drum kit. Dale spent the following 2 years in the UK as Director of Sales in London.

Finally, the overwhelming call to explore his passion for the drums led Dale to put his corporate career on hold. In April 2000, Dale moved to San Antonio and joined a band. For two years, he let his understanding, practice, and appreciation for making music develop and grow. On a visit back to South Africa he discovered the Drum Café, founded by Warren Lieberman in the post-Apartheid era of South Africa’s new Democracy. Dale decided to bring the Drum Café to America and founded his drum business in January 2003.

Now in his 10th year, through Drum Cafe South Dale blends his experiences with organizations and cultures from around the world with his knowledge and passion for making music to lead his clients to a unique, enlightened understanding of organizational effectiveness. Dale has brought Drum Cafe programming to more than 1,000 companies and over a million attendees — from corporate boardrooms to kindergarten classrooms to faith-based audiences and everyone in between. Still an avid traveler, Dale’s passport(s) show travel to over 150 cities in 49 countries…and counting!

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