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David Gandini

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


Location: Denver, CO

Founded: 2007

Industry: Occupational Health & Safety

Dave Gandini is a serial entrepreneur and has spent his career identifying and seizing opportunities in telecommunications, technology, software and automated packaging.

Gandini led the acquisition and subsequent funding of a technology company that would become SOBRsafe. As chairman, he assembled a senior management team before ultimately assuming the role of CEO. He directed the reengineering and commercialization of the core technology, launching one flagship product to customers with the second on the way in 2023. He navigated the capital markets, completing the uplist from the OTCQB to Nasdaq in May 2022.

Gandini has propelled SOBRsafe into its revenue phase, with proven technology and a cash position of more than $10 million to fuel a national and international sales push. SOBRsafe’s first alcohol detection product, SOBRcheck, was named the Occupational Health & Safety 2022 New Product of the Year — Safety Monitoring.

SOBRsafe is primarily an occupational health and safety company, providing solutions for probation management, alcohol recovery and teen driver safety. “SOBRsafe’s advanced safety management technology, SOBRcheck, hygienically detects and instantaneously reports the presence of alcohol as emitted through the pores of a fingertip — no breath, blood or urine sample is required, just the touch of a finger,” the company said. “This patent-pending alcohol detection solution helps prevent an intoxicated worker from taking the factory floor or a driver from receiving the keys to a truck, bus or ride-share vehicle. At SOBRsafe, we are creating a culture of prevention and support.”

SOBRsafe earned the Safe Family Seal of Approval from Child Safety Network, which is recommending the company’s safe driver technology for the 500,000 school buses under its guidance. Gandini was featured in the Denver Business Journal twice, and SOBRsafe’s early successes have been broadcast over the Nasdaq Times Square Tower on multiple occasions.

“In May 2022, we had to uplist to Nasdaq and close a simultaneous capital raise to ensure not just our future growth, but our very survival,” Gandini said. “At 98% through the process and with only days to spare before a cliff event, I intuited that our investment bank was not going to get the job done. I instinctively acted to replace that bank — a move that could have left us dead in the water, with all the promise of SOBRsafe unfulfilled. Instead, we were immediately picked up by a larger bank and the deal was closed in days. Now we are a fully capitalized Nasdaq company, with nothing but opportunity ahead of us.”

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Dave played on the first ever U.S. Junior Hockey Team in 1976-77, representing our country at the inaugural World Championship in Czechoslovakia.


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