Dave Roberts grew up on a small farm in Central Illinois. His early career included industrial chemical sales, farm equipment sales, private farm management, serving as the farm manager for Joan of Arc Canning Company, in Hoopeston, Illinois. He also owned his own trucking company and was the dispatcher for P and EI Truck Lines.
Dave moved to Kentucky in 1987 and went to work for Ellis Popcorn in Murray, KY. He worked in every department through his 25 years of employment including fleet management, production, and eventually marketing. He remained the marketing director until the company was lost in a fire in 2011. After Ellis Popcorn’s tragic loss Dave joined the marketing team of Preferred Popcorn where he remains today working with clients all over the United States. Dave has been active in agricultural and especially popcorn organizations and activities over the years and in 2009 was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Tri-State Independent Theatre Association. He is married to his high school sweetheart Carolyn and lives and works in Benton, KY. He and his wife have a son, a daughter, and three grandsons.