Dave created a dynamic career working with companies backed by private equity, venture capital, and high net worth individuals. He has extensive experience with startup/developing and established entities, as well as turnarounds – ranging from FinTech and consumer IoT products, real estate, to entertainment studios (post, content creation, distribution); as well as high net worth private investments and fund administration – in CFO and CAO capacities.
Dave's continuous drive directs a rare blend of abilities to clients’ advantage. Combining acute business foresight with practical strategies, he charts an astute course through all financial climates. Identifying a client’s direction and strongest offerings, Dave propels businesses towards growth during critical times. Dave is also adept at streamlining business processes, identifying cost optimizations and revenue enhancements.
Before joining Force 10, Dave ran his consulting practice, Cottrell Consults, where he provided fractional Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer services, as well as, financial and strategic advice to owners and CEOs. Dave began his career in the “Big 8,” then making a career in Hollywood eventually working as the CAO for Todd-AO and World Controller for Ascent Media. Dave's other notable clients include Bjurman Barry & Associates, The Sim Group, Privlo, and most recently uBeam.
Dave graduated from the University of Southern California and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the state of California.