Dave Gowel is the CEO of Rockefeller Consulting Technology Integration (“RockTech”), a social technology consulting firm with offices in Cambridge and NYC. Dave joined RockTech after recessing to the board of his first company, Clearly Creative, a marketing firm that he co-founded in 2007. Dave also served at MIT as an Assistant Professor of Military Leadership, is a Board Member of the East End House and is a founding member of the Kendall Square Association. Dave is a professional speaker on LinkedIn, having trained thousands of professionals on using LinkedIn for business purposes.
Dave’s background includes high-end event management for the distinguished guests of two Four-Star Generals commanding all U.S. Army Forces in Europe. The events he planned and executed catered to his Generals’ target audience of foreign and U.S. congressional members, diplomats, military leaders and heads of state. Upon returning to the U.S., Dave coordinated media relations as the Executive Officer, Operations Officer and an Assistant Professor in MIT’s Army ROTC Department, marketing the U.S. Army brand to the students, parents, and faculty of multiple schools including MIT and Harvard University. He also acted as the official Army ROTC liaison for Harvard University. Having daily interaction with his students who were some of the first to use Facebook, Dave quickly recognized the change in communications behavior occurring due to social media. That led to his appreciation and mastery of using LinkedIn for business and his title of “LinkedIn Jedi,” as per the Boston Globe.
As a U.S. Army Ranger and graduate of various military schools, Dave gained unique leadership skills when he served for a year in Iraq as an Armor combat platoon leader. After returning from Iraq, he continued to hone these skills by teaching military leadership at MIT to undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degree candidates.
Dave earned his B.S. in Economics at the United States Military Academy at West Point and is currently earning a Master’s degree in Management at Harvard University.
Of course, more information about Dave can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidgowel.