Dave K. Sanderson

Inspirational Survivor of the "Miracle on the Hudson"

On Jan. 15, 2009, returning home from a routine business trip, Dave Sanderson survived "The Miracle on the Hudson."When a bird strike hit US Airways Flight 1549, there was no choice for the crew but to ditch the plane into the Hudson River. Sitting on the plane, in what many would consider being at the wrong place at the wrong time, Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. Thinking only of helping others in the crisis, he was the last passenger off the back of the plane, and was largely responsible for making sure so many others made it out safety.

Remaining in the cabin, determined to make sure no one was left behind, at one point, Sanderson stood in frigid water all the way up to his back. After leaving the cabin and swimming to the nearest ferryboat, he was rushed to the hospital, where doctors feared he would suffer a heart attack or stroke in the trauma. Amazingly, he returned to his job as a sales manager for Oracle that following Monday, and since, has become a face for everyday American heroes. To Sanderson, doing the right thing came naturally. "My mother always taught me to do the right thing,"he says, "and the right thing to do is to take care of other people first."

The story of the "Miracle on the Hudson"has captivated audiences and has inspired both writers and filmmakers. Sanderson's personal account of his compelling act of heroism appears in the book Brace for Impact, a compilation of first-hand reports of this phenomenal event.

Today, Dave Sanderson is responsible for the sales, management and marketing of Oracle Corporation's applications to the CPG/Wholesale Distribution industry segment in the Southeast United States. He focuses on helping corporate officers enhance profitability, improve shareholder equity, and improved process efficiency by consulting with executives to align information technology strategies with their corporate business plans and goals. He has over 25 years of sales and marketing management experience with firms such as Marriott, ADP, KPMG, Bearingpoint, Keane, and CIBER.

Sanderson spends much of his time helping non-profit organizations and individuals obtain their desired outcomes by learning unique time management skills and helping them understand what drives "change into progress."He is also active as a Lay Leader in his local church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife Terri have four children.