A little about me
I’m a husband and dad. I’m also an entrepreneurial leader who enjoys advising and investing in startup companies, writing, and working with nonprofits that serve youth. I’m finishing up my second book – Uncommon Sense, which is packed full of ideas for leaders, entrepreneurs and managers to get ahead and do their jobs better.
The Long version:
I’ve always been entrepreneurial. I started my first businesses in junior high – shoveling snow, selling iced tea at baseball games and delivering sodas to camp bunkmates who didn’t want to get caught running to the soda machine in the middle of the night.
In college, my roommate and I started a student guide business. By the time we graduated, we were employing a bunch of our fellow students and publishing guides for about a dozen colleges and universities.
In 1996 a few years after graduating college and during the early days of Internet marketing, I started an interactive advertising agency, i-FRONTIER. I believed the Internet would be an amazing marketing medium and that companies would need specialized firms to help them figure it out.
The early years were lean years but thanks to an amazing team our business grew from my bedroom into one of the top rated interactive agencies in the US with no outside investment. Clients included Universal Studios, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Channel, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AT&T, Cadbury Adams and others.
In 2002 aQuantive purchased i-FRONTIER. After the sale, I joined aQuantive’s executive team. I had a number of great roles there including one launching new businesses and services.
Microsoft purchased aQuantive in 2007. I stayed at MSFT for a couple years running a small business unit that generated small business leads in the US, UK and Canada.
Currently, I advise, invest in and serve on the Boards of startup/marketing/technology companies. I also focus time on nonprofits that serve youth. I’m a Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA, Board Chair of Spark the Wave, and I advise Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. I also occasionally chaperone a fabulous high school service club’s trips to build homes in El Salvador.