Dave Bourland was working in the Winchester Framing Company in 1976 when he first met gubernatorial candidate Jim Thompson . The two quickly forged a friendship based on their mutual passion for art, antiques, and architecture. When Thompson was elected governor later that year, he asked Bourland to appraise the artwork and furnishings in the executive mansion. The two worked closely together over the next fourteen years as Gov. Thompson's fascination for antiques grew. In 1983 Bourland began working in the mansion full time as the mansion curator. He has remained in that post until the present, except for a period when he worked for Secretary of State George Ryan from 1991 through 1998.