Dave Severin was raised right here in the 117th district, living his whole life in Benton. He and his wife of 38 years, Penny, have lived in the same small ranch house on Mitchell St., for the last three decades where they raised their son. Dave and Penny, who is a school teacher, have two grandchildren and are members of Whittington Church.
A graduate of Benton High School and student of social work at John A. Logan Community College, Dave went on to work for his parents’ nursing home business, caring for patients’ needs and organizing their activities. After 20+ years in operation his parents sold the nursing home, and after much prayer and consideration, Dave decided to start his own business.
In a little more than 20 years, he took his small business from operating out of his garage, to a storefront on the Benton town square, to their current facility built in 2004. Dave proudly employs 12 hardworking Southern Illinoisans and does business all over Southern Illinois as a custom embroidery and promotional products manufacturer.
Community service is a part of Dave’s life. He is a member of his local Lion’s Club, ran Special Olympics in Southern Illinois for 10 years, spent time as a Youth Pastor at his church, sits on the board of a not-for-profit that helps the developmentally disabled, and is President of the Benton Elementary School Board.
Dave’s parents started with nothing – gleaning cornfields and picking strawberries to put food on the table before building the nursing home. Dave started his small business in the back of his garage. He and his family are proof the American Dream is possible right here in Southern Illinois.