Dave Schechter, a 25-year NIKE, Inc. veteran, has served in several leadership roles across sales, merchandising, and footwear product creation. Since joining the company in 1995, he’s had extensive experience in retail, working on businesses in North America, Asia, and Europe, including an overseas assignment in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Following his time overseas, he spent four years working in the Jordan Brand, leading footwear product creation and then global merchandising. In his current role, Dave serves as the Vice President of Footwear for Air Max, working in the NIKE Sportswear category.
Before coming to NIKE, Dave spent five years in sports media relations and marketing, including stops at the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Rams. He's a proud graduate of the University of Arizona (B.A, 1990) and has taken coursework at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, with a focus on leadership.
In addition to his participation in the Wildcat Mentor Society, Dave’s involved in mentoring programs with NIKE and partners with his wife, Tory, to elevate mental health awareness and support juvenile mental health efforts in the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for POIC/RAHS, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities and essential services for under-represented and at-risk youth in the Portland metro area.
Top Goals for Mentoring:
- Help mentees develop professional and life skills.
- Help mentees grow their professional networks by making connections to others in my field.
- Help mentees gain career skills for their industry of interest.
- Serve within underrepresented communities and work with young people of color.