David R. Gamperl (born December 24, 1966) is an American businessman from the Chicago area.
Early life and education
Gamperl received his bachelor's degree from Quincy University in 1989. He graduated with an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University's College of Commerce in 1995. He won first prize in the University's start-up business plan contest.
After graduating, Gamperl started his first business, America's Finest Pasta Sauces. A manufacturer of Italian restaurant pasta sauces, America's Finest Pasta Sauces shipped up to 2,400 10-pound packages of sauce at a time and earned $1.2 million in its first year and $3 million in its second year. In 1999, Gamperl sold the business assets to Dell’Alpe Foods and Flying Noodle.
From 1999-2005 Gamperl owned Top Shelf, a distributor of GE, Duracell and Gillette products to Albertsons and Safeway, both ranked in the "Top 75 North American Food Retailers for 2008" according to Supermarket News. In 2005, Gamperl sold Top Shelf to TruServ Corporation (True Value Company).
In 2006, Gamperl launched Blueleaf Lending, a Chicago bank focused on residential property and neighborhood revitalization and served as CEO until 2008. Gamperl was CEO of Mercantile Oil & Gas, Inc. and assembled over $550 million of capital in order to execute a roll up strategy of oil and gas production, including an oil refinery, oil production In Colorado and Utah. Mercantile Oil & Gas Producing Corporation in Galena Park, TX is a private company categorized under Oil and Gas Producers. It was established in 1965 and incorporated in Texas. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of 22,500,000 and employs a staff of approximately 102. In addition, Gamperl is still active in real estate in Chicago including over $20 million in commercial real estate. His entity Fulton & Ogden LLC owns the over 150,000 square feet of land and buildings in the hottest market in Chicago Fulton Market District and is worth over $43 million.
Gamperl was a founding member of the DePaul Blue Angel Network and sits on the advisory board for the DePaul University Coleman Entrepreneur Center.
Gamperl also owns Gamperl Global Trading, Inc., Chicago, Illinois.
In April, 2011, Gamperl eloped with Chicago TV news personality Anna Davlantes. They live in Chicago, Illinois.