ACG Portland Elects 2016 President, New Board Members

ACG Portland Elects 2016 President, New Board Members

Association elects Dave Porter as president; adds Mike Cooney, John Cochran and Gina Kaveny as board members

Portland, Ore., January 20, 2016—The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Portland, a global association for professionals involved in corporate growth, professional development and business networking, today announced the election of Dave Porter (Geffen Mesher) as president, and adds Mike Cooney (Red Zone HR Solutions), John Cochran (Executive Forum) and Gina Kaveny (LSQ Funding) as new board members for 2016. ACG Portland consists of more than 120 Portland C-level executives, emerging leaders and business owners of growth-oriented companies and related service professionals.

“Dave Porter has been a key contributor to ACG Portland’s growing success for many years. Bringing on Gina, Mike and John also further strengthens our board’s leadership and business acumen. These accomplished professionals will advance our mission to be one of the most valuable executive networking and professional development groups in Oregon,” says Casey Boggs, president of LT Public Relations and ACG Portland’s 2015 president.

Dave Porter

Porter is a partner in the CPA firm Geffen Mesher & Company.  Having served clients for half of his career and being a client the other half has helped Dave understand the value CPAs can provide their clients.  He has learned to listen carefully and offer real solutions to real business problems.  He also helps companies develop stronger internal controls to mitigate risks associated with white collar crime. He earned his Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, as well as his Oregon private investigator’s license.

John Cochran

John Cochran is president and owner of Executive Forum, a Portland based leadership development company specializing in soft skill development characteristic of strong leadership at all levels of an organization.

 Mike Cooney

Cooney is the founder and president of Red Zone HR Solutions, which provides HR management services to small and mid-sized businesses and organizations. Mike has more than 20 years in human resource leadership positions in manufacturing, technology, and forest products including serving as the VP of HR for Digimarc Corporation.

Gina Kaveny

Kaveny has worked in supply chain for the more than 18 years, with a specialty to help companies grow and expand their business internationally. She spent 13 years with UPS and UPS Capital working with companies to expand and finance their international sales channels. Gina moved to LSQ Funding in 2013 to extend her reach, offering more companies access to working capital.

About ACG Portland

Members of ACG Portland are business owners, emerging leaders, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and EVPs of mid-market growing corporations, as well as members of the professional services companies that serve them, such as private equity firms, banks, attorneys and accountants. More information is available at

CEO of PitchBook to Speak at ACG Portland: January 19, 2016

CEO of Seattle’s PitchBook Data Inc. to Speak in Portland

ACG Portland is pleased to announce it is starting off the new year with a great program. We are privileged to present John Gabbert, CEO and founder of PitchBook Data Inc.
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
ACG Portland January 2016 Peer Growth Event
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Multnomah Athletic Club

John Gabbert has more than 17 years of experience developing information technology for professionals doing business in M&A, PE and VC.

As founder and CEO of PitchBook Data Inc., the financial information technology powering leading investors, companies and advisors, Mr. Gabbert has established the PitchBook Platform as a must-have technology solution that helps industry professionals better understand the global M&A, PE and VC landscape and use this knowledge to make better, more successful decisions. Since 2007, PitchBook has grown to 300+ professionals located across the globe.

Prior to founding PitchBook in 2007, he was the Managing Director of Private Markets for Dow Jones & Company and VP of Worldwide Research for VentureOne, VentureSource and The Private Equity Analyst.

Gabbert has also played a key role in six acquisitions/mergers by both strategic and private equity investors, three as the acquired target and three as part of the acquiring/merged organization.

Mr. Gabbert attended the University of Washington, where he received his degree in business with concentrations in finance and marketing.