Everyone at BlueVolt loves to share exciting news. That’s why we are proud to introduce the newest member of the BlueVolt team, Douglas Gastich. Doug assumed the role of president and general manager effective March 13.
Don Spear, BlueVolt’s founding president, will transition from this role to board chairman over the next six months.
I recently sat down with Doug to learn more about him, and thought you’d enjoy getting to know him as well!
BV: Tell me about what you are tasked with at BlueVolt, and what is your background?
DG: I started my career in online learning, specifically in developing media-rich streaming solutions and in the development of eLearning courseware. In the past 15 years, I have spent time with service and agency companies, as well as software product companies. Eventually I migrated to digital educational platforms. Most recently I was at Learning.com, a Portland-based company that provides a learning platform with digital literacy content for the K-12 space.
At BlueVolt, I’ll be overseeing the day-to-day operations and managing the company – accelerating its momentum in the strategic direction that has been set by the leadership team.
BV: What motivates you? What gets you “charged up?”
DG: The potential for BlueVolt 100 percent motivates me, the opportunity to drive growth in an established company. It’s a cosmic match between what I have done in the past and what BlueVolt is already doing, just in a different industry sector.
BV: What was your first job?
DG: I worked in the back of a bike shop at age 16. I got the job because I lobbied my mom on all the reasons why I should get a particular bike. My stepdad overheard, thought I’d make a good salesperson and dragged me into the store to ask for a job. The owner gave me a shot and I started working on bikes and eventually ended up selling high-end bikes.
BV: What is your proudest professional moment?
DG: Just before I left Learning.com I led a team to sign one of the largest deals in the company’s history; it was a highly strategic deal to take the company to the next level.
BV: Favorite spot in Portland?
DG: I love the Willamette River… boating of all kinds. My wife and I have three children – a 6-year-old son and twin 3-year-olds – so we spend a lot of family time together on the water.
BV: Music of choice?
DG: U2 is my favorite all-time band. I also love Indie Rock.
BV: Favorite movie or TV show?
DG: That’s a tough question. I love the sci-fi genre. This is going to label me but I am a diehard “Battlestar Gallactica” fan. I also like “Game of Thrones.”
BV: Last book you read?
DG: Neil Stevenson’s “REAMDE.” I also read “Lean In” at my wife’s urging and I am really glad I did. It’s great for anyone in business.
BV: If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
DG: Jeff Bezos. I really admire what he’s doing and where he’s taken Amazon.
BV: Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?
DG: “Jump and the net will appear” is my personal motto. It may sound reckless, but it’s worked for me. It’s about taking risks and having faith.
You can read more about Doug here.