Operating Partner

David Retter

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I am continually energized by the passion of founders. Partnering with remarkable people and brands to bring their dreams to life is incredibly rewarding.

Prior to joining the team at Stride in 2023, I’ve been a Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer and a Marketing Executive at several growth stage businesses spanning multiple categories. Most recently I ran an advisory firm that partnered with goal-oriented companies, private equity and venture capital groups looking to drive a step-change in business performance. During this time, I worked on many projects with the Stride team and with their partner brands — Simms, Jeni’s, Tatcha, Skinfix, Chomps and Truewerk to name a few.

Throughout my career I’ve worked closely with consumer brands (Melissa & Doug, Freshly, CityRow, OXO) and I have been fortunate to take on roles and challenges in nearly every department from product development to marketing, operations, and business strategy. This depth of experience across business roles, coupled with the strategic, big picture thinking I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of has given me a unique perspective on brand building and operationalizing for scale that I now get to apply every day while working with our talented founder and executive teams at Stride.

I received a BA from the University of Notre Dame where I developed the grace required to work alongside Michigan alums. I find great joy in my work on the Advisory Board for the Harbor Lights Foundation, a non-profit that provides grief counseling to children, and much less joy in my golf swing. In my off hours you will likely find me strolling through a city park or watching sports with friends.

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