January 13, 2016

Welcome, Dave Nute!

We are very excited to announce that Dave Nute has joined the Arnerich Massena team as chief operating officer. He will provide leadership and strategic direction for the firm, as well as overseeing all operational functions. As is our tradition, we asked Dave to share a bit about himself as an introduction:

What is your favorite restaurant in Portland?

For haute cuisine, Lincoln over on N. Williams. They have great meats, but the best part is the chicken artwork on the walls. In fact, we found the artist — April Coppini (aprilcoppini.com) from Portland — and now have one of her chickens hanging in our house.

chicken art

For a guilty pleasure restaurant, it would have to be Gravy. Try the Bacato scramble, but remember to bring your defibrillator.

What is the most unusual food you’ve ever eaten?

Um… dog. But I didn’t know it at the time. It was in Bosnia in 1989 — we ate meat skewers and were later informed that the meat was dog. I didn’t submit a review for Zagat’s, but on reflection, I probably should have.

What book would you recommend everyone read?

That’s easy. All the King’s Men by Robert Pen Warren: the Great American Novel.

For business, Managing Corporate Lifecycles by Ichak Adizes. Everyone in business should read this book.

What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?

One summer in college, I had a job lumping semi-trucks. Lumpers are free agents who hang around warehouses until a trucker who has an uneven load (unpalleted, loose items) pays you to help load the truck. The challenge was that you would have all these strangely shaped packages you had to try to fit efficiently. A software program would tell you how much you should be able to fit in the truck, and if it didn’t fit, you had to pull it out and start over.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

“You teach people how to treat you.” ~ Oprah Winfrey.

This is the best advice I’ve received, and I’ve passed it on to plenty of others: it’s a great insight.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Back to Bergen, Norway.

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

Selective mind control over my four-year-old — in other words, a real-life Jedi mind trick!

To view Dave’s full biography, visit our people page at http://www.am-a.com/about/executive-leadership.htm.