David-Gardner, Alliance Partners, Cellular Optimization

David Gardner

CO-FOUNDER; President & CEO

A serial entrepreneur, David brings extensive sales, corporate development, strategic planning, and business building expertise to his role of as President & CEO. Before co-founding Advantage in 2003, he served as the Vice President of Business Development for AllResearch, Inc., an Internet monitoring and corporate intelligence gathering ASP. While there, he spearheaded domestic and international strategic alliances, distribution partnerships and content agreements, establishing relationships in the Americas, Europe and Asia that expanded sales and distribution capabilities twenty-fold.

Prior to AllResearch, David worked as the Director of Business Development for SmartRay Networks, a mobile media portal sold to LifeMinders for $36 million in 2000. He helped the business grow from 10 to over 25 employees and solidified over 30 deals with online content, e-commerce, location technology and mobile data partners. In addition, he initiated and managed all telecom relationships with over 15 carriers in both the US and Canada including Nextel, CenturyTel, Qwest, PageNet, and SaskTel.

David has an MBA in Finance and Management from NYU's Stern School of Business and a BA in English from the University of Vermont.