Dave is a partner at Acuity Mergers + Acquisitions and brings insight and perspective from his experiences both with corporate management at General Motors and Hewlett Packard and with business ownership of the area’s top independent bookstore.
After graduating from General Motors Institute (B.S., Mechanical Engineering) and the University of Michigan (MBA), Dave worked for the General Motors Financial Staff. Beginning as a Product Cost Analyst, Dave was promoted to serve as Senior Analyst Overseas Programs and then to Supervisor-Product Cost Analysis. All these positions involved working with multi-million dollar programs within General Motors and its joint ventures around the world.
Dave left General Motors to take a position with Hewlett Packard as a Marketing Analyst in the San Diego Division. While with HP, Dave served in Product Marketing and Channel Management roles. Dave’s last position was as a Marketing Manager responsible for a $50 million worldwide product line with four direct reports.
After leaving HP, Dave founded the Little Professor Book Company, which operated for ten years as a Little Professor franchise. Dave grew this business into the top independent bookseller in Indiana and one of the top bookstores in the region. This company had a total staff of more than fifty and sales of greater than $5 million annually.
Due to changes within the Little Professor franchise and the rise of Amazon in the bookselling world, Dave decided to exit the bookstore. He spent the next decade working with business brokering and commercial real estate with a firm in Fort Wayne. Dave remained active in the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce (now Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.) and participated in regional economic development studies of food-related businesses.
In 2013, Dave partnered with Jim Hanson to form Acuity Mergers + Acquisitions. Their shared passion for business and community development, combined with their concern that small and medium businesses were under-served by the services available, motivated them to start a new firm that would provide top quality services to this very important market. Acuity Mergers + Acquisitions opened for business on July 1, 2013.
Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. (Chair-CEO Roundtable Program)
M & A Source
Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors (AM&AA)
International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)
Great Lakes Booksellers Association (Board Member & President)
American Booksellers Association (Booksellers Advisory Council)
- Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
- Workforce Development Council
- Small Business Council & Chair-CEO Roundtable Program
- CEO Roundtable Retail Group (Chair)
- Chamber Board of Directors
Entrepreneur’s Alliance of Northeast Indiana (Board Member, President and Secretary)