About Dutch

About Dave Dutch

Spartan Legacy

Michigan State University is an institution around which Dave Dutch’s family has long been built.  His parents attended and graduated from the University and while there they met, fell in love and then married.  Dave’s father then spent 52 years working for the University.


Dave Dutch grew up in East Lansing and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School and then East Lansing High School. 


Service to our Nation

Service to country was always engrained in Dave from the time he was young so following his high school graduation Dave sought, was granted an appointment, and was accepted as a student at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.  In 1987 Dave graduated from the Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Physics and earned his commission as a Special Operations Officer.


During his eight years of active duty service in the Navy Dave led small Special Operations Teams utilizing diving, skydiving, demolition and EOD.  He was stationed in locations across the globe including Guam, the Phillipines, the Persian Gulf, Bermuda and Iceland.  He also served in combat in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. 


After eight years of dedicated service Dave retired from the Navy and returned home to pursue a career in business.

Return Home

In 1995 was a big year in Dave Dutch’s life as he retired from the Navy, married Michelle who was the love of his life, and they both returned to East Lansing to pursue degrees at Michigan State. Dave earned a full-ride Broad Scholarship to pursue an MBA at Michigan State’s Broad School of Business.  Dave put that scholarship to good use earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average and graduating first in his class.  As they were graduating from Michigan State in 1997 Dave and Michelle welcomed their first child Maggie.

Putting his MSU Degree to work creating American jobs

Upon graduation Dave Dutch immediately put his Spartan degree to work creating jobs and growing our economy.  He first worked as a Management Consultant at AT Kearny, and then worked as an executive at a series of technology, telecom, and media companies both public and private across the country.


Dave has been an active member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and World President’s Organization since 1998 sharing ideas and growing American companies throughout the globe.  Dave has participated in over 20 corporate development deals (mergers, acquisitions, sales and integrations) involving corporate entities and private equity.  These deals have ranged in size from $1 million to $1.4 billion.


Dave has spent the last six years as the CEO and board member of PayLease, a national financial technology company.  Under Dave’s leadership the company has grown from 17 employees with a value of $4 million to over 300 employees and a value of $320 million. 


Dave now serves as Executive Chairman of PayLease and is turning to a new stage in life giving back to our community.

Continuing the Commitment to Michigan State University

Michigan State has been central to Dave Dutch’s life for his entire life.  Both of his parents were Spartan graduates.  Seven of his nine brothers and sisters have a degree or multiple degrees from Michigan State.  Dave and his wife are both Spartan graduates and now three of their four children are pursuing undergraduate degrees from MSU. 


Dave has served as the Past President and for seven years a member of the MSU Broad Alumni Advisory Board.  He is a past Executive Member of the National MSU Alumni Association Board. 


Most importantly, in 2011 Dave and a friend, John Maguire, together funded the Broad College Endowed Scholarship for veterans of the United States Armed Forces so that his fellow veterans could obtain access to the incredible education that has served him so well.  Encouraging veterans to come home to Michigan State is now one of the primary missions of Dave Dutch’s life.