Experience

Intersecting creativity and entrepreneurship.

 
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Intro

 

Bringing Ideas to Life

For more than fifteen years, my work has thrived at the intersection of creativity and entrepreneurship catalyzing transformation. I partner with innovators of all stripes—the rebels, the prophets, the empaths—to serve, build and lead cross-disciplinary teams as we create preferred futures.

From building consulting agencies to coaching internal marketing teams and projects with tech startups to manufacturers, I have enjoyed the privilege of collaborating with more than one hundred entrepreneurial endeavors, large scale corporations, countless brilliant creatives, and many non-profits to create preferred futures.

 
 

Strategy

Balancing deliberate planning with coercing emergent opportunities, I partner with key leaders to develop and deliver:

  • Go-to-Market

  • Audience Definition

  • Competitive Analysis

  • Brand Creation & Evolution

  • Marketing & Content

  • Thought Leadership

  • Partnerships

  • Business Development

Execution

The value of an idea lies in the execution. As a producer, I can execute across a broad set of skills while building and leading a team to deliver:

  • Innovation Management

  • Talent Recruitment & Development

  • Brand & Visual Development

  • Messaging & Copywriting

  • Content Development & Production

  • Digital & Collateral Design

  • Influencer Campaign Management

  • Pipeline Creation & Implementation

  • P&L Management

Network

Over the years, I’ve nurtured professional relationships across a broad range of domains. Collaboration critical for delivery:

  • Organizational Strategy

  • Data Strategy & Architecture

  • Marketing Strategy & Technology

  • Product Design & Development

  • Brand & Digital Design

  • Content Strategy & Production

  • Digital Media & Advertising

  • Social Influencers

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Background

 

More than Thirty Years in the Making

I am proud of my blue-collar background. Growing up in my father’s makeshift wood shop, I had autonomy over the scrap box and power tools that could quickly remove digits or even limbs. Worked in manufacturing during high school and college years — sandblasting and in-booth painting, load-balancing 40,000 pounds onto semi-trailers, running plastics extrusion, clearing scrap metal from 50 gallon drums, and more. The first, and only time, I tipped over a fork truck I was sixteen years old.

Learning is an undercurrent that drives much of my personal and professional motivation. Therefore, I’ve always sought to be the “dumbest guy in the room” — those are great rooms to find oneself. My diverse background and constant desire for exploration has led to a simple, ever-present question.

 
 

How can I continuously iterate to methodically pivot my career and life?

 


03

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Featured Career Highlights

Currently

Catalyzed an early-stage technology startup, building all aspects of the brand, messaging and marketing; closing investment capital and securing strategic partnerships; driving business development and CRM implementation; as well as recruitment, hiring, and leading a team.

Agency

Built a creative, strategic agency focused exclusively on entrepreneurial endeavors to develop brands and bring ideas to market. Grew the team to 20 full and part-time staff. Exited the agency after setting it up for a merger/acquisition.

Created a venture portfolio through the agency, partnering with entrepreneurs at the pre-seed/pre-product stage to bring multiple ideas to market.

Talent Ecosystem

Established a network of global talent including thousands of creatives, photographers, content producers, social influencers and agency partners. Developed new business opportunities, scoped projects, negotiated contracts, etc. for individuals and teams throughout the network.

Advisory

Advised five early-stage endeavors supporting and coaching leaders across strategy, brand, marketing, roadmap, planning and forecasting, sales, client service, user experience, and more. Also, served on an advisory panel with Adobe’s digital solution Business Catalyst.

Research

Developed a greenfield research project on the future of the creative economy, interviewing thought leaders across industries — entrepreneurs, creatives, investors, artists, agencies, professors, and more. Continue to research the future of work and the creative economy, with a strong focus on talent-centric needs and opportunities rather than the priorities of firms.

 
 
 

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.

David Foster Wallace

Author

 
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Speaking

 

Speaking Engagements

Whether part of a panel, speaking on discovering passion or leading a small discussion, it is always a privilege to connect with a group. Over the years, I’ve had the honor to speak at the Yale School of Art, RISD, Brown University, various companies and events in New York, Saigon, Krakow, and more.

Talks cover a range of topics, with a common focus on passion, entrepreneurship, design, the future of work, and the shifting economics for the creative class.

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American Advertising Federation New Mexico – The Future of Creativity

Albuquerque, NM – 05 / 17 / 2016

The Combine – The Future of Creativity

Bloomington, IN – 04 / 08 / 2016


Art Center College of Design – The Future of Creativity

Pasadena, CA – 09 / 28 / 2015

72U at 72 and Sunny – The Future of Creativity

Los Angeles, CA – 09 / 27 / 2015


Bitspiration – The Power of Story

Krakow, Poland – 06 / 22-23 / 2014

Better World by Design – Transforming Ideas into Enterprise

Providence, RI – 09 / 27-29 / 2013


The New School, MA Design Studies – The Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Design

New York, NY – 08 / 20 / 2013

Designing A Better World – Entrepreneurship and Pitch Workshops

New York, NY – 07 / 23 / 2013 and 08 / 08 / 2013


ADC Global StartUP Series – Entrepreneurship and Passion

New York, NY – 07 / 25 / 2013

RISD Art of Business Conference – Transforming Inspiration into Enterprise

Providence, RI – 04 / 13 / 2013


IncubateNYC – Founders Stories

New York City – 11 / 15 / 2012

Perkins + Will – Transforming Inspiration into Enterprise

New York City – 10 / 18 / 2012


Better World by Design – Transforming Ideas into Enterprise

Providence, RI – 09 / 27-29 / 2012

The Urban Garden Center – Cultivating Community

New York City – 08 / 23 / 2012


Yale College of ArtAIGA Shed / Living Principles

New Haven, CT – 02 / 12 / 2011

Monthly Design Review

New York City – 2010-2011


Better World by Design Conference – Business and Design

Providence RI – 09 / 27 / 2010