Dave Knox
Executive Director / Blue North

Dave Knox is an investor, startup advisor, and speaker in the areas of innovation, marketing, and digital transformation. Blending classical brand marketing acumen with entrepreneurial instinct, Dave is recognized throughout the industry as an innovator who bridges the worlds between brand marketing, digital, and entrepreneurship. As Chief Marketing Officer of Rockfish, Dave helped the company become one of the fastest- growing agencies in the country, going from $8 million in 2010 to $70+ million in revenue in 2016. Simultaneously, Dave cofounded The Brandery, one of the top 10 startup accelerators in the US. Combining these two worlds, Dave is also the author of the bestselling Predicting the Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips. In his latest entrepreneurial journey, Dave was the CEO of Nature’s Willow, a leading natural pain relief brand he acquired in 2019 and sold in 2022 after growing the business 4x. Today Dave is the Executive Director of Blue North, serving as a front door for the entrepreneurial community, helping startups and small businesses to connect with the right resources to accelerate their business in Northern Kentucky.