David Minter is one of the principals who lead Denver-based Minter + Reid, an idea-development group focused on bottom-line revenue generation for public and private companies in the areas of entertainment, media, retail, restaurant, food, and new technology.
Throughout his career, Minter has worked with high-growth companies to bring new ideas to the marketplace. Minter began his career at Motorola Inc., where he was responsible for product planning and competitive analysis. He then joined Dole Food Company, where he managed the analysis of international market information and was responsible for new business development.
Minter has spent much of his career working with Blockbuster, Inc. during the company’s high-growth years. Minter was a senior marketing executive responsible for directing all consumer research, with specific expertise in entertainment, technology, and retail. Over the course of four years, he worked directly with H. Wayne Huizenga to open at least one store per day, increase market share, and unearth innovative consumer products and experiences for all business units, including Blockbuster Video, Blockbuster Music, Spelling Entertainment Corp., Republic Pictures, Blockbuster Park, Discovery Zone, Soundsational, the Florida Marlins, and the Florida Panthers. During the period that Blockbuster was majority owned by Viacom, Inc., Minter worked with other Viacom companies including Showtime Networks, MTV, and Nickelodeon.
Milestones include the introduction of videogames; expansion into the retail music business; investment into new entertainment ventures; and market introductions for DVD, video on demand, online rentals, and DirecTV pay-per-view. Minter was awarded Blockbuster’s first patent. His work with Blockbuster, now in its second decade, has contributed to multibillion-dollar revenue growth and expansion from 500 stores to 8,500 stores.
In 1995, Minter relocated to Denver to help found Einstein-Noah Bagel Corporation, where he served as vice president of research and concept development. He was responsible for garnering consumer input for store design, product development, and brand management. Minter’s contributions helped the company grow from zero to four hundred units in two years, and a successful IPO in 1996.
In addition to his role as principal of Minter + Reid, Minter is president of Minter & Associates, a marketing advisory and research consultancy he founded in 1997 that conducts high-level research work for clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. David also serves as VP-Marketing for Denver-based start-up company SmartCare Family Medical Centers. Minter was recently awarded his second patent, which addresses commercializing Internet radio advertising. He earned his bachelor of business administration and master of business administration degrees, cum laude, from Florida Atlantic University, and lives with his wife and son near Denver, Colorado.