Mindgruve’s latest hire brings big media brand experience to it’s fast growing company

San Diego, CA – Mindgruve, a San Diego-based interactive and advertising firm, has announced the addition of Michael Garten. In this position, Mr Garten will serve as the Vice President of Business Development responsible for creating new client partnerships and channel sales. Mr. Garten will be focusing his efforts on creating relationships with companies seeking to grow their revenues through internet marketing and integrated advertising campaigns.

Mr. Garten has over 20 years of marketing and strategic partnership experience working in sports marketing and special events at USC, the NBA and PGA TOUR. He began his career at USC in the Athletics and Recreation Departments’ as the Director of Special Events. He was part of the original MTV Rock ‘n Jock project management team.

Mr. Garten left USC in 1994 to pursue a career at the National Basketball Association as the Director of Special Events. Primary special events were NBA All-Star Weekend, NBA Draft and the McDonald’s Championship. Mr. Garten left the NBA in 1999 to pursue a career at the PGA TOUR as the Executive Director of the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship.

Mr. Garten will be heading up Mindgruve’s new Irvine office while continuing to work with existing San Diego and Orange County clientele. His broad experience working with major media brands will allow him to effectively advise companies on how to identify market opportunities, drive business and market share.