David Garten

Dave has extensive experience in strategy development, management, marketing, product development, strategic alliances and acquisitions, negotiation, raising capital and finance.
Dave is currently a Professor of Business at Portland State University. He teaches graduate courses in Business Strategy, Strategic Alliances and Acquisitions, and Negotiation. Dave also is Director of the MBA Capstone Consulting program.
From 2006 until 2018 Dave was involved with SeQuential, a regional, vertically-integrated biofuels producer. Dave was the company’s first CEO from 2006 until 2009, and then moved to the board and became Chairman from 20012 to 2018. During this time, the company grew from a start-up to over $70M in revenue with 200 employees and a service area up and down the west coast. The company built and expanded its Salem-Oregon biodiesel plant, and built a feedstock network collecting used cooking oil sourced from over 10,000 restaurants. The company was successfully sold in 2018 to a strategic buyer.
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 served on numerous boards: Director and Finance Committee lead at The Organically Grown Company, President of the Forest Park Conservancy, Treasurer for the Bridlemile Soccer Club, and an Advisory Board member for several Metro initiatives.
Dave has created an environmental education program at a local elementary school. He 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 Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985) and a Bachelor of Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT (1982).