November 13th


Faciltated by: Jake VanderZanden (DWFritz Automation)

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL

Accomplished engineer, businessman, and author, Jake VanderZanden drew from his successful experience in a variety of high-level cross-functional business roles to help attendees learn the art and science of "Selling" (yourself, your ideas, your products and services).

VanderZanden currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Development for DWFritz Automation, and as President of VanderZanden Consulting LLC. He also recently founded a start-up, OTTO DesignWorks, which is launching a revolutionary new product for automatically adjusting bicycle derailleurs. VanderZanden is a published author (Barnyard Management) and accomplished public speaker. Prior to his current roles, he spent 25 years as an executive at Blount International Inc., serving as President of ICS—a construction products company, and later as Senior Vice President for New Product and Business Development at Blount International.

VanderZanden’s strengths are in Strategy, Marketing, New Product Commercialization, and Developing Organizations. He is a creative, practical, action-oriented, and inspirational leader who subscribes to a philosophy built on users and talent first. He holds numerous patents and is an avid cycling enthusiast, competing as an elite level Masters road cyclist in the Pacific Northwest.

VanderZanden holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program.


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