MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—David Pfeiffer, who served as chairman of the board of directors of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) from 1985-86, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. He was 81 years old.
Pfeiffer was the former president and owner of Tuffy Brooks Sporting Goods in Dayton, Ohio, owning it from 1979-2001. During his tenure, the company expanded to three locations in the Dayton area, employing more than 40 people. Before retiring and selling the business, it had returned to a single location and currently focuses on team and institutional sales.
According to NSGA president and CEO Matt Carlson, "We were saddened to learn of the passing of past NSGA chairman, Dave Pfeiffer. His long career with Tuffy Brooks shows his love for the sporting goods industry, and his incredible civic engagement and involvement are a testament to the type of man he was. He will be sorely missed by his friends in the industry."
Pfeiffer spent 46 years in the sporting goods industry. He began his long career at Tuffy Brooks in 1956 as a salesman, after graduating from the University of Dayton and serving in the Korean War. In 1979, he was elected to NSGA’s Board of Directors, where he served as Chairman in 1985-86. He also served on the association’s trade show advisory committee during his time on the Board.
He was also heavily involved in the sporting goods industry and his community. He served as the president of the Ohio Sporting Goods Dealer Association, and as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on small business development in Ohio. He also served in roles with the Downtown Dayton Association, Urban Redevelopment, and the Chamber of Commerce.
His wife of 57 years, Claire Ann, survives, along with the couple’s four children: Craig (Cissy) Pfeiffer, Lauren (Gary) Childs, Julie Pfeiffer, and Tim (Susan) Pfeiffer.