President and CEO
Dave is an organization builder. His key strengths include identifying, attracting and leading top talent, developing and leading strategic initiatives, creating processes to assure successful outcomes, communicating in a positive and diplomatic manner and being a trusted advisor and mentor. His background includes leading, growing and selling numerous innovative start-up to midsize companies. He has been CEO, President, COO, CFO, and sits on Board of Directors.
Using a pragmatic and common sense approach, Dave is adept at managing complex situations and personalities and negotiating positive outcomes to difficult circumstances. His skills are well served working with multi-generational family business owners and management.
Prior to Altura Group, Dave served as President and Managing Partner for a prominent Chicago boutique consulting firm. In this role, Dave worked with more than 80 privately held companies to implement transformation programs that drove rapid performance improvement.
Dave’s experience includes CEO of Chiasso, a venture capital-backed multi-channel home furnishings chain. COO of The Bigsby & Kruthers Companies, which included an upscale menswear chain, The Knot Shops a national chain of accessory stores, Michael Jordan’s Restaurant and numerous licensing ventures with Michael Jordan. Dave led the group of companies to record sales and profits during his tenure.
Dave began his career at KPMG and FER&S, helping businesses with audits and developing growth and profit strategies.
Dave holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting and is a C.P.A. He is the Co-Chair of the consumer products division of Hyde Park Angels and sits on the Board of Directors of Simple Mills.