Dave Gocken is one of the founding Board Members of Targeting Excellence. Dave has over 25 years experience in the animal health and nutrition industry. He joined Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) in 2005 as national sales manager for the U.S. swine segment and later held leadership roles in South Africa and later South Korea before returning in 2016 as head of the U.S. equine business. Prior to BIVI, Dave served in several sales, marketing and management roles for Pfizer Animal Health, Lucta SA, Phibro Animal Health, and Land O’Lakes.
Dave grew up in rural Nebraska and has a background in production agriculture. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Nebraska-
Lincoln and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Dakota.
He is active in a number of church, civic and professional organizations including International Lutheran Church- Seoul; Alpha
Gamma Rho, a national agricultural fraternity; and Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as a director for Targeting Excellence, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to raising scholarships for animal agriculture students. Dave and his wife Linda have two adult sons and make their home in Kansas City, Missouri.