As a successful senior business leader for over 25 years, Carl Poteete has worked in multiple industries including commercial high tech, contract manufacturing, mil-aero, medical, consumer product group, grocery, gaming and textile, as well as across various disciplines including engineering, manufacturing, operations, supply chain, facilities and finance.
Most recently, Carl served as the Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Services for Outerwall (parent company of Redbox and Coinstar). While there, Carl was part of the management team that acquired approximately 20 companies and organically developed over a dozen more as it grew from $128 million to approximately $2.5 billion, then sold it to a private equity firm in 2016. As the global operations leader, Carl developed and implemented strategies that reduced costs, improved quality and increased throughput. In his additional role as a general manager, Carl was responsible for all phases of a consumer packaged goods-focused business with complete P&L responsibility. Within one year, he closed the leading mass marketing, grocery and drug retailers as well as the leading beauty product firms that sell into these markets.
Prior to Outerwall, Carl served at Three-Five (NYSE: TFS) as the North American VP/General Manager. Three-Five was a contract manufacturing business with factories all over the world serving the Mil-Aero medical and technology companies. Prior to Three-Five, Carl served as the VP of Operations for Applied Microsystems Corp (Nasdaq: APMC) where he led worldwide operations and Pacific Rim sales. Applied Microsystems was a leading edge high tech consumer electronic firm designing and selling microcontrollers and microprocessor emulators. Carl was part of the senior management team that took the company public in 1995 and subsequently sold it in 2002 to Motorola.
Carl was born and raised in eastern Oregon on a pig and cattle ranch, where he learned to solve the important issues of the day using his wits, the resources he had available and hard work. After graduating high school, he attended Portland State University and received two bachelor’s degrees, one in economics and the other in production management. He has been married to his wife Kristen for over 30 years and has two girls, one who graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 and the other who will graduate from Multnomah University in 2018.
Carl started a church with two other pastors in 2002 and still serves as a pastor/elder there today. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Carl also serves and supports other community based nonprofits including serving six years on the board of directors for the Phoenix Center, Washington’s largest nonprofit substance abuse organization. In his spare time, Carl enjoys golfing, tennis and gaming.