David Dembitz

Adjunct Lecturer, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

Degrees

MBA and BS in Economics and Management, University of Utah

Courses

ENTR 496 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship, Sales for New Ventures

Bio

David Dembitz is a senior executive with 40 plus years experience in sales, marketing and operations and has a consistent record of success in business planning, new market penetration, product launches, angel and venture funding and public offerings. Whether starting up a new business unit, turning around a struggling entity or leading an established business, he has consistently delivered multi-million dollar revenue and profit gains. 

Currently, David consults with entrepreneurial businesses and established companies in the areas of sales, marketing, capital-raising, operations and business strategy development.  In this role he has helped numerous businesses obtain funding, bring new products to market, and increase sales.  

Concurrently, he serves on the Board of Advisors to the innovative start-up company Vidillion, Inc. He also co-founded the Keiretsu Forum Entrepreneur Academy, an educational institution focused on teaching business planning skills to young entrepreneurs. The Academy’s top-notch faculty includes senior executives, lawyers and accountants from many well-known organizations, each with expertise in developing successful business plans and attracting investors.  

Previously, David served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Accellion Inc., a Singapore-based company with start-up operations in the US. During his tenure with Accellion, he rebranded the organization and overhauled an under-performing team. As a result, Accellion landed several major accounts, including Dell Computer, Boeing and Ogilvy & Mather, and raised $10M in venture funding.  

David also led sales and marketing for AboveNet Communications, where he helped lead the early stage start-up from revenues of $3 million to $100 million in just 17 months, while achieving the highest margins in the industry. He also helped transition the company from privately held to publicly traded, led the sales team to sign strategic clients, including Netscape, Double Click, HOTMAIL, WebMD, and eBay and played a supportive role in establishing AboveNet in both Europe and Asia. As a result of the success of AboveNet, the company was acquired for $1.6B by MetroMedia Fiber. 

He currently lives with his wife Tammie in Tucson and enjoys an active lifestyle, including playing golf, cardio-exercising and weight lifting.