Dave Shogren

President, U.S. International Foods, LLC

Biography

Dave Shogren has over 30 years of experience in the food industry and 10 years of experience in exports. He began his career at Beverage Concepts in 1987 as a financial analyst and rose to the position of Director of Finance and Administration.  Then Dave joined Resource One in 1991 as its first employee.  While at Resource One, Dave worked in marketing, sales, operations and finance and rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer.  As C.O.O. Dave lead a new initiative to develop international business. As part of this initiative, Dave pioneered the China market for Resource One, cultivated several customers in Asia and built a platform for export.    In October of 2014, Dave and Linda Shogren purchased the export business from Resource one and established US International Foods as a stand-alone company.   Since that time US International Foods has grown its footprint to multiple export markets including Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, UK, Israel, Costa Rica and Canada.

During Dave’s long tenure in the grocery industry, he has developed a strong base of contacts with U.S. grocery suppliers. Dave’s extensive financial, marketing and operational experience provides US International Foods with the ability to analyze and develop innovative sales and marketing programs from both a practical and economic perspective. Additionally, his background in private label manufacturing gives Dave a strong foundation and common ground with grocery suppliers and manufacturers.

Throughout his career, he has been active in professional organizations and his local community, serving on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations and academic institutions.  Dave was recently appointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture to serve a four-year term on the Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Processed Food (ATAC) and  recently completed a two-year  on the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC) to which he was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce.

In 2016 US International Foods received the grand prize in the Export Accelerator competition organized by the St. Louis World Trade Center.   In 2015 US International Foods was named the Exporter of the Year for Eastern Missouri by the US Small Business Administration.  In January 2014 Dave was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on District Export Council for Missouri. In 2013 Dave was named as “Global Pioneer of the Year” by the St. Louis Regional International Partnership. Dave and US International Foods were also named by the Missouri Department of Agriculture as the “Agricultural Exporter of the Year.”   He has also been active as a board member of the American Marketing Association for St. Louis. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Ripon College and as an advisory board member of The Harris House Foundation.

Dave attended Ripon College, where he received his B.A. degree, with a major in English and a minor in Art, and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received an M.B.A. with emphases in both operations and marketing.