Marquis Emerging Leaders

David A. Kisselman

Title: Business Owner

Company: Data Gems Lapidary Arts Studio

Location: Colorado

Education: MS in Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Denver (1984); BS in Mathematics, Metropolitan State University of Denver (1976); BS in Chemical Engineering, Metropolitan State University of Denver (1976)

Career History: Business Owner (Self-Employed), Data Gems Lapidary Arts Studio, Fruita, CO (2019-Present); Senior Consultant, Petrophysics, International Reservoir Technologies, Inc, Lakewood, CO (2008-2009); Manager, Software Engineering, Fair Isaac Corporation, Westminster, CO (2005-2008); Director of Software Engineering and Database Technologies, Graebel Companies, Inc., Denver, CO (2002-2005); Senior Database Administrator, Narex Inc, Colorado (2001-2002); Senior Database Consultant, Senior Project Manager, and Senior Business Analyst, Whittman-Hart, Denver, CO (2000-2001); Manager of Software Development, Systems and Processes Analyst, InFlow, Inc., Denver, CO (1999-2000); Manager of Client-Server Software Development, Senior Database Programmer, Insurance Specialists, Inc., Wheat Ridge, CO (1995-1999); Manager of Software Development, Industrial Computer Systems, Evergreen, CO (1993-1995); Senior Consultant, Reservoir Description Services, North America (1992-1993); Senior Consultant, Petrophysics and Senior Project Manager, Scientific Software, Intercomp, Inc., Denver, CO (1978-1992); Well Logging Engineer, Schlumberger Well Services, Inc., Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming (1976-1978)

David A. Kisselman, Business Owner at Data Gems Lapidary Arts Studio, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of science.

In an accomplished career spanning more than five decades, Mr. Kisselman has wielded expertise in geology, oil and gas, biochemistry, petrophysics, chemical engineering, software engineering, and database development and administration. Earning a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and mathematics from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1976, he served as a well logging engineer at Schlumberg Well Services, Inc., a senior consultant, petrophysics and senior project manager of scientific software at Intercomp, Inc. between 1976 and 1992. He then continued to find success as a manager of software development at Industrial Computer Systems, a manager of client-server software development and senior database programmer at Insurance Specialists, Inc., and a manager of software development and systems and processes analyst at InFlow, Inc. He worked in similar capacities at Whittman-Hart and Narex, Inc. before becoming the director of software engineering and database technologies at Graebel Companies, Inc., the manager of software engineering at Fair Isaac Corporation, and a senior consultant in petrophysics at International Reservoir Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Kisselman’s professional journey in geology and petrophysics has afforded him extensive global travel opportunities, over the course of which he cultivated a penchant for collecting rock specimens from diverse locations. In 2019, his hobby ultimately transformed into his entrepreneurial venture when he became the business owner of Data Gems Lapidary Arts Studio, where he makes art with his unique collection sourced from across the globe, including precious and semi-precious stones, to craft exquisite jewelry and sculptures. Additionally, he is pioneering a new art genre that centers on these rocks and is actively pursuing a patent for this innovative endeavor. Currently in the production phase, he envisions it becoming a renowned company in both the jewelry and art industries and being celebrated for the exceptional quality of its materials. Looking toward the future of his business, his target market includes billionaires and he plans to allocate half of the generated profits to charitable causes.

Attributing much of his success to his deep faith, Mr. Kisselman overcame several obstacles throughout the early years of his life—including childhood abuse and later substance addiction—and believes God set him on the right path.


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