Boyne balances his roles as CEO, husband and father
Dave Boyne loves numbers. He said he’s always been able to “see” them, and after taking an accounting course in high school, he realized he could make a career out of his love for math.
“I enjoyed the idea of understanding how you made the money,” he said. “In finance and accounting, you have cash flow, balance sheets and profit and loss. You can watch your cash. You can understand where your money is really coming from. That got me started in that direction. It all worked out well.”
After graduating from Rutgers, he eventually joined Prudential as an auditor and ended up transferring to a cost accounting position. He then started working with Maidenform to develop a manufacturing operations reorganization plan. Once it was approved, Boyne was invited to help implement it and ended up sticking with the company for four years. He did a lot of traveling with Maidenform, but any glamorous aspects of his trips, he said, were limited.
“At one point, I was in and out of Jamaica twice a week,” he said. “I never saw the beach. Dominican Republic, the same thing. I would hear the ocean, but I would never see it.”
Boyne, 60, is challenging incumbent David Fried for a four-year term as mayor of Robbinsville. Election Day is Nov. 5.
Boyne is currently the CFO of Home Delivery America, a “white glove delivery service” located in Secaucus. The company counts General Electric and Bob’s Furniture as clients. The company works with customers to deliver and install appliances and furniture. It sometimes routes deliveries and even takes care of things like truck weigh-ins.
Boyne, also currently a township councilman, has been with the company for 11 years. A typical day at work varies for him.
“It can range from doing financial statements to talking to the accountants to talking with clients,” he said. “Depending upon the time of the year, I’m either dealing with a trustee because I have to do evaluation of the company every year, or I’m dealing with the accountants in terms of doing our tax filings, or I’m getting audited by the IRS.”
He spends a fair amount of time out of the office, too. He said he leaves his office two or three days a week, visiting operating sites or clients in the area. His Bob’s Furniture clients are in Connecticut, and Boyne will travel to Boston to meet with them.
Boyne, who moved to Robbinsville from North Brunswick 22 years ago after his wife’s job brought her to Titusville, said days like that are convenient for him. He’ll make a pit stop to visit his daughter, Shannon, 24, who is currently studying at the New England School of Law in Boston. He and his wife, Carol, also have a 20-year-old son, Ryan, a junior at The College of New Jersey. Carol is a member of the Robbinsville Board of Education.
Boyne’s position has always given him a little bit of breathing room.
“My role as CFO gives me a great deal of flexibility,” he said. “In the modern age, I can work anywhere. I can log into the mainframe from anywhere and work. The main reason I have to go up to the office is to make sure the people there are working. You can even do personal interaction in video conferences.”
Boyne said two things in particular help him wind down after work: golf and gardening. Though he admits he isn’t very talented when it comes to the sport, he still consistently hits balls from his backyard during the summer.
Gardening is another story. It’s a skill he picked up later in life, but he has developed quite the eye for plants, flowers and even vegetables. He and his wife often cook using fresh ingredients Boyne grew in their backyard.
“Most of the landscaping around here I’ve done,” he said. “Every year, I re-plant something. I handle all the mulch, all the flowers. I grow vegetables. Tomatoes, basil, thyme. It’s fresher. It’s better. I think it looks pretty. It’s just enjoyable. It makes everything look better.”
The garden is a stark contrast from the green Boyne is used to dealing with at work, but Robbinsville resident Sharon DeVito said Boyne is the perfect man for his job.
“The position that he holds at his company honors command and respect,” said DeVito, a member of the township school board. “If he says he’s going to do something, he’ll do it. He’s very dependable. I’ve always had a great deal of respect for him for all the years I’ve known him.”
One thing Boyne does not like about his job, though, is the commute. He said it will be “beautiful” after the Turnpike expansion, and phone conversations via Bluetooth make the ride pass a little quicker, but it can still be frustrating.
How does he juggle a long commute, his job, a seat on council and his family life? DeVito said it’s never been an issue for him.
“I’ve never seen him have a problem with it,” she said. “He’s always been involved with his kids and his family for as long as I’ve known him. He’s a good family man. He’s always had plenty of time to be involved.”