Dave Frengel was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania. After graduating from New Castle High School and then serving honorably in the U.S. Navy as an Avionics Technician during the Viet Nam conflict, he earned his B.A. from Geneva College (1974) in Beaver Falls, PA and his M.A. from Slippery Rock Univ. (1980) in Slippery Rock, PA. He worked as an enforcement officer and manager for the Butler County (PA) Court of Common Pleas for ten years prior to joining Penn United Technologies, a precision manufacturer near Pittsburgh, in 1990.
Dave formerly served at Penn United as Human Resource Manager and Director of Training before being appointed Director of Government Affairs in 2002 until his retirement in 2014. His assigned mission was to create a coalition and agenda to reform US trade policy and save American manufacturing. He is a founding board member of The Coalition for a Prosperous America and previously served on government and policy committees of the National Association of Manufacturers, National Tooling and Machining Association, Precision Metalforming Association, and Butler County (PA) Chamber of Commerce. He has been married to his wife Barbara for 40 years. They have three married children and three grandchildren. Dave serves as an Elder in Westminster Presbyterian Church in America, Butler, PA.