About Profile

David Tatman

AKA Principle Investigator


David Tatman is retired from a 34 year career at General Motors, most recently as plant manager for the Corvette Assembly Facility in Bowling Green. He is leading the recently-formed Kentucky Automotive Industry Association as their inaugral Executive Director. He also serves WKU as an Associate Vice President for Advance Manufacturing. Dave is empowering and thoughtful executive leader with an extensive background and expertise in automotive manufacturing. Dave moved through many functional manufacturing leadership positions in a significant number of GM locations and headquarters assignments. Responsibilities included direct operations supervision, supply chain management, quality, engineering, maintenance, prototype and advanced powertrain development work. He has been in 13 different GM locations in three countries on two continents. Reflecting his passion as life-long learner, Dave co-authored a book on leadership entitled, "Building Cathedrals - The Power of Purpose". He holds a Master of Business Administration, Corporate Policy form the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University. Dave and his wife, Barbie, enjoy life on their small horse farm in Rockfield, KY. They have three adult children.