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Updated: August 22, 2022 / 40 Under Forty, Class of 2022

40 Under Forty 2022: David Oliva

Photo of David Oliva Photo | Erika Sidor David Oliva is the general manager of Organomation and winner of the 2023 Demand Gen Report B2B Innovator Award for the small business category.
Photo | Erika Sidor 40 Under Forty 2022 winners, from left, Ashley Sears Randle, Marissa Gallant, David Oliva, and Timothy Johnson pose at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill (special thanks to Liz Nye and Grace Elton).
David Oliva, 34
  • Title General manager
  • Company Organomation, in Berlin
  • Residence Boxborough
  • Birthplace Concord
  • College Western New England University
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When Oliva started at Organomation in 2012, he had neither a background in hard science nor any exposure to chemical analysis laboratory equipment. But within five years, he had climbed the ranks to become the company’s general manager.

In his 10 years at the evaporation solutions provider, Oliva has helped overhaul the company’s website twice, installing better SEO search optimization and product videos; redrafted the company’s logo, tag line, and stationary; revamped distribution to get more exposure in markets such as Europe, Latin America, southeast Asia, and India; adopted customer relationship software, producing better quotes in less time, and much more.

Of all his accomplishments, one of Oliva’s proudest is building a hard-working, talented team with more diversity. The company only had one woman working there when he started 10 years ago; that figure that now lingers around 40%. This year, Oliva became a virtual mentor for UStrive, which connects students with mentors to help with the college application process. In the community, he stocks the Little Free Pantry near his home in Boxborough.

What movie best encapsulates your personality? "It’s a Wonderful Life"

What Central Mass. restaurant should everyone try at least once? The 1761 Old Mill in Westminster. The location is beautiful in all seasons, and the pecan rolls served with every meal are great.

Who is most responsible for the person you are today? My dad. His working career taught me about opportunity, sacrifice, and work ethic.

What one person would you like to meet in the next 15 years? A more content version of myself.

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September 15, 2022

What a great article, his career trajectory and drive are inspirational to people his age in the workforce who are trying to make a difference. A commitment to diversity has to be a priority for everyone who is hiring, and balancing giving back to the community is essential.

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