David began his professional career working in operations for a Minneapolis based investment bank. After a few years, he grew intrigued by the idea of starting his own company. In the spring of 1992—just before he and Mary celebrated their first wedding anniversary—David took a chance and founded a medical supply company with one of his childhood friends.
In the early years, David focused on a small disposable product offering of masks and exam gloves while his partner sold dental equipment. David worked hard to establish distribution networks and find customers. The personal deliveries he made helped solidify relationships and expose more products and services that would be valuable to his customers.
In the late 90’s, David & Mary’s family was growing with the births of their two sons, and the company was trying to keep pace. The time came for them to seriously consider going all-in on their start-up and attempting to fully employ themselves. In 2000, Mary decided to take a leap of faith, leaving her career in commercial real estate, and joining David to officially launch DMR Supplies.
With two children in preschool, Mary and David worked hard to keep overhead costs low and their prices competitive for their customers. They turned a spare bedroom in the basement into an office and sublet a small warehouse space to store their products. As their customer base and product offerings grew, so did their knowledge of the medical supply industry.
In 2012, DMR Supplies consolidated business operations to a 2,500 square foot office/warehouse facility and established a relationship with a national health care supply chain company. This partnership greatly expanded our product lines and allowed us the opportunity to offer contract pricing to our customers that had previously been reserved for hospitals and health systems.
As DMR looks forward to starting its 21st year in business, we reflect on the customer and vendor relationships that have been in place since the beginning. We are grateful to all of you for helping us make our dreams a reality!
— And those two preschool children – became our first two full-time employees.
Mitchell and DJ began with the company early on helping their parents with kit making and deliveries. Eventually they moved past being “little helpers” and began working for DMR part-time in high school and college learning company operations.
Following graduation, both DJ & Mitchell joined as full-time employees and began implementing strategic changes to help the company grow and develop. With 2nd generation Rekstads now on board, we are excited for what the future holds.
We strive to offer the best in price, customer service, and value to all of our customers.