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Dave Garten


Instructor, Strategy & Alliances/Acquisitions
Director, MBA Capstone Consulting Program

Office:  431 SBA
Phone: 503-327-4278
Fax:     503-725-5850
Email:   daveoutside@alum.mit.edu

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Dave has extensive experience in strategy development, management, marketing, product development, strategic alliances and acquisitions, negotiation, raising capital and finance.  

Dave currently teaches at Portland State University and in the Oregon Executive MBA program.  He teaches graduate courses in Business Strategy, Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions, and Negotiation. Dave also is Director of PSU’s MBA Capstone Consulting program.

Dave is a Director and Finance Committee lead at The Organically Grown Company, Chairman and Director at SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel and is a member of  the Portland metropolitan region’s  Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council.  Dave was a board member and President of the Forest Park Conservancy and Treasurer for the Bridlemile Soccer Club.

From 2006 until 2009, Dave was CEO of SeQuential Biofuels, Inc. Dave was responsible for developing the company’s growth plans, leading funding activities and providing overall leadership and management of day-to-day operations. During this period, Dave completed a company restructuring, raised capital, expanded production capacity with a JV partner by 500%, developed retail expansion plans and improved the company’s financial position. From 2003 to 2006, Dave was a consultant in business strategy, deal making and management practices in the technology, energy and environmental fields.

From 1987 to 2003, Dave worked at Intel Corporation.  His most recent position was as General Manager for a communications product division.  Before that, Dave was Director of Business Development where he developed, negotiated and executed diverse strategic relationships including joint ventures, licensing, strategic supply, acquisitions and equity investments.   Dave also held various product management, marketing, strategy, and engineering positions in the technology and automotive industries. He originally engineered diesel fuel injection systems for cars and trucks.

Dave has created an environmental education program at a local elementary school. Dave is an active runner, mountain climber, cyclist and skier.

Dave has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT (1987), a Masters in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985) and a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT (1982).