OKEMOS, MI, April 15, 2022 – Kunz, Leigh and Associates (KL&A) is saddened to announce the recent, unexpected passing of KL&A Partner David (Dave) Desrochers on Wednesday, April 6th.
Mr. Desrochers had over two decades of experience in the information technology industry where he implemented enterprise-scale information systems for several governmental and private sector organizations.
Prior to joining KL&A, Mr. Desrochers held various technical management roles at a number of notable IT companies, including CNSI where he and some current KL&A Partners had the opportunity to work alongside one another. Upon learning of Mr. Desrochers’ plan to join KL&A as a senior project manager in February 2013, many KL&A team members were thrilled given their prior working relationships.
“I was excited when he first came over to KL&A,” said KL&A Partner Justin Shaulis. “I knew he was a great leader and would represent us well, which he did. He did nothing but continue to impress as he took on additional responsibilities.”
Mr. Desrochers’ respect for KL&A as both a technology company and employer led to his willingness to go above what was required in his assigned roles. He was quickly recognized for providing mentorship to staff well beyond his project team and was also credited with recruiting numerous high-quality employees that are still with the company today.
“Dave made an immediate impact on our company,” said KL&A Partner Tim Hollosy. “First, by bringing in his extended professional network into key positions in the company and later by leading development teams. Leading teams is where Dave really excelled.”
In January 2015, Mr. Desrochers was promoted to director of service and delivery where he was responsible for providing executive leadership to all KL&A development and IT consulting teams. His passion and leadership over the next few years were crucial to the success of many KL&A projects and played an integral role in the company’s growth. In January 2018, KL&A Co-founders Jim Kunz and John Leigh showed their appreciation for Mr. Desrochers’ hard work and dedication by recognizing him as one of four new KL&A partners.
Throughout his time at KL&A, Mr. Desrochers grew to be more than just a colleague and leader; he became a friend to many. He was open about his love for his family, passion for sports, and loyalty to Michigan State University.
“Dave was a smart, hard-working guy with a great sense of humor,” said KL&A Co-founder and Partner Jim Kunz. “A great businessman and a great family man. He was a key member of our management team at KL&A and will not be easily replaced. We miss him dearly.”
A celebration of life will be held for Mr. Desrochers’ at the University Club of MSU on Saturday, May 14th from noon to 3PM and his obituary can be found here. KL&A is asking everyone to keep the Desrochers family in their thoughts as they make their way through this difficult time.
KL&A is an information technology solutions provider with over 150 employees and two offices in the State of Michigan. Founded in 1992 by partners Jim Kunz and John Leigh, KL&A’s small but highly qualified staff laid the foundation for the company’s success. Over the past 29 years, KL&A has formed several long-lasting relationships with clients which have resulted in substantial organic growth in annual revenue, service offerings, and staff members. The secret to KL&A’s success, in both business and as an employer, lies in understanding the importance of balancing work and play. Visit KL&A’s website to learn more and explore current job opportunities.
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Kunz, Leigh & Associates
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