David Griest

David Griest is a Managing Director at SJF Ventures and based in Seattle. He joined SJF in 2004 and has served as a Board Director or Observer for SJF portfolio companies Aseptia (sustainable food processing technology), BioSurplus (used laboratory equipment), HYLA (mobile device trade-in and reuse solutions), Intechra (electronics lifecycle management), Novinium (power cable rejuvenation), Optoro (returned & excess goods solutions), Rustic Crust (all-natural and organic pizza products), Salvage Direct (online salvage vehicle auction), and Telkore (wireless infrastructure services).

Griest was previously with Croft & Bender, an investment bank in Atlanta that provides venture capital, M&A and other financial advisory services for middle market and emerging growth companies in the Southeast. He also helped manage C&B Capital, a private equity fund that selectively invests venture capital for emerging growth companies, growth capital for more established companies, and leveraged acquisitions and recapitalizations for growth-oriented companies with strong cash flows.

Griest has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia. He enjoys mountaineering and hiking to each of the 50 states’ high points.