Dr. David Lee Hunter


Laugh, Learn, and Enjoy Living

Dr. David Lee Hunter brings a message of humor, inspiration, motivation and patriotism about his many life experiences while growing up in rural Kentucky and his military experiences while serving in Vietnam.

In his speeches, Dr. Hunter focuses on leadership, coping with change, stress management, and teamwork, all the while inspiring and entertaining audiences with his stories.

Find out how Dr. Hunter can entertain and inspire your corporation with his life's wisdom.


Dr. David Hunter does keynote, luncheon, and after-dinner speeches that are packed with tasteful humor with lessons and lots of laughter.

His audience includes:

• Agriculture
• Civic Groups
• Veterans
• Business
• Educators
• Youth Groups

From Country to Cosmopolitan
David was born on a farm in rural Kentucky. He knows what it means to milk a cow by hand and plow a corn field with a mule because he has been there and done that. He also understands modern agriculture because he has three college degrees in agriculture. He has worked his entire career in the field of agriculture. He has always been proud to be a part of agriculture. He can make farmers and agribusiness people feel proud to be a part of our great agricultural system.

From Poverty to Prosperity: Education Was the Key
From a poverty-stricken rural farm youngster with little self-confidence and low self-esteem, David relates what education has meant to his life. He tells of teachers who directed him, were role models, and encouraged him to stay in school and live up to his fullest potential. The audience may shed a tear when he relates how teachers have touched his life.

If It Is To Be, It's Up To Me: I Can Make a Difference
Many times it is difficult to connect with an audience of youth. But David uses learning the auctioneer's chant to hold their attention while giving them many lessons of life about goals, values, ethics, and patriotism. He will have the youth on the edge of their seats riveted to every word.

Levity and Lessons From Vietnam
David served in Vietnam. He tells of some poignant and humorous experiences while serving in the military during this era. He relates how the Vietnam experience instilled in him a greater sense of pride and gratitude for being an American and how lessons learned in the military and Vietnam can apply to your family, business, or profession. Your chest will swell with pride as David ends his presentation with "A Salute to the Flag". You will laugh. You will cry. You will feel proud to be an American.

Facing Midlife With Laughter
We are all aging. We cannot ignore that we are aging because of the physical changes taking place in our bodies and the fact that there is always somebody around who seems to take pleasure in reminding us that we are growing older. The question we must ask ourselves is this: Do we want to become bored, unhappy, and humorless people, or do we want to continue to enjoy life like we can? Through humor, inspiration, and motivation, Dr. Hunter shows us that midlife can be one of the most rewarding, gratifying periods of our life.



David Lee Hunter was born on a small farm near Gradyville, Kentucky on December 1, 1944. He attended elementary school in Gradyville, Kentucky. David graduated from Adair County High School, Columbia, KY, in June 1963. Following graduation from high school, he attended Berea College, Berea, Kentucky from 1963-1968 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. In 1968 he accepted a research assistantship at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, and began study toward a Master's degree. He received this degree with a major in Animal Science in January 1969.

In May 1969, he entered the United States Army and served three years in the U.S. Army Intelligence Service with one year being spent in the Republic of South Vietnam. While in the military, he received the National Defense Merit Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. Upon being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he accepted a position as County Extension agent with the West Virginia Cooperative Extension Service in Lincoln County, West Virginia.

After working as county agent for five years, David began graduate work toward a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee in June 1977. He completed his Ph.D. Degree in December 1981. He was a professor in Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee for sixteen years. He is now a retired professor.

David is the author of various agricultural publications and two books of poetry and short stories entitled "Childhood Memories of Life on the Farm" and "Life as an American." As an author, humorist, poet, and lecturer, Dr. Hunter brings a message of education, inspiration, motivation, patriotism, and humor about his military experiences while serving in Vietnam and his many life experiences while growing up on the farm in rural Kentucky.


David has spoken for people from these groups and hundreds more:

Alabama Farmer's Association
Arkansas Dairy Cooperative
Athens Furniture Industry
Auburn University
Central States Meat Association
Conservation League
Creative Fabrications
Dairy Farmers of America
Electric Cooperatives
Farm Bureau
Farmer's Mutual Insurance Inc.
First American Bank
Future Farmers of America
Gold Kist, Inc.
Information Technology Professionals
Kentucky Boards of Education
Lake Cumberland Area Development District
Land O' Lakes
National Coalition of Coal Mining
National Livestock Graders Association
National Highway Geology Symposium
Odd Fellows National Convention
Poultry Federation
Prudential Life Insurance
Philip Morris
Ruritan National Convention
Southern Cotton Ginners' Association
Tennessee Farmers' Cooperative
Tennessee 4-H Conference
Youth Leadership
West Virginia Board of Education


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