Dave Knox is author of Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips. He is the former Chief Marketing Officer for Rockfish, a widely recognized digital innovation agency that was acquired by WPP, where he also served as the Managing Director for WPP Ventures. Prior to Rockfish, Dave was a seven-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, where he was instrumental in the digital turnaround that led to P&G being named to AdAge’s Digital A-List.
Dave is a leading consultant, speaker, and coach in the areas of innovation, marketing, and digital transformation. He’s asked to share his expertise by some of the world’s largest companies and most innovative startups.
As a brand marketer, venture investor, and startup advisor, Dave bridges the worlds between the Fortune 500 and entrepreneurship. The intersection of these two worlds is the subject of his book, Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips, which was named the Grand Prix winner of the 2017 Atticus Award.
Dave was named to the iMedia 25 Class of Digital Innovators, a Cincinnati Marketing Legend by the AMA, CMO of the Year in the inaugural Business Courier C-Suite Awards, and 40 Under 40 by both AdAge and the P&G Alumni Network.
Dave is a frequent keynote speaker on digital innovation and disruption, including appearances at SXSW, TEDx, Back End of Innovation, NRFtech, Brand Innovators, AdTech NYC, and the iMedia Summit.
He is the cofounder of The Brandery — one of the top 10 startup accelerators in the country. Dave is also a Managing Partner in the seed fund Vine St. Ventures, and an advisor to Bullpen Capital, Glasswing Ventures, and Hyde Park Venture Partners. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Mercantile Library, and Main St. Ventures.
In his latest entrepreneurial journey, Dave is the CEO of Nature’s Willow, a leading natural pain relief brand he acquired in 2019. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University, where he is also the cofounder of the Cradle of Marketers.