Marketing @ The Combine, which means leading marketing effort for The Combine and our portfolio companies; operating Atlanta Tech Blogs (promote your startup to 15,000 followers free); running the Pitch Practice meetup Fridays at 1pm at Atlanta Tech Village. Also, as of June 4, I am now a volunteer soldier in the Georgia State Defense Force. You probably haven’t heard of GSDF, but we wear the uniform and support the Georgia National Guard in state emergencies, search and rescue, honors, and other military functions.
What I believe
Everyone has a story to tell and someone needs to hear that story. I help individuals communicate their value effectively in the form of their pitch. I help startups and small businesses tell their story in the form of content marketing.
I grew up just outside Atlanta, and played competitive soccer from age 7 to age 32, but, after 3 surgeries, my knees gave up, so now I try to play golf and run the Peachtree Road Race every year. 14 down, 11 to go!
After B-School, I got my first taste of startup land at my first job at a medical software startup called A.D.A.M. Because I knew how to make a spreadsheet sing, I got promoted to be the CEO‘s lackey to take ADAM, Inc. public. In my next startup gig, I managed the due diligence in the acquisition of TSI by FirstData/Western Union. It was at FirstData that I realized I am a startup / small business kind of guy. In 1999, I co-founded CWNP, a WiFi training & certification content company. I operated CWNP for 13 years until a private equity firm acquired the company in late 2012. During those 13 years, I started 3 other businesses. Each of these businesses took off fast, but all of which died painfully in the meltdown of 2008-2009. You learn a lot when you fail spectacularly.
I am heavily involved in the Atlanta tech startup community by blogging (almost) daily, operating Atlanta Tech Blogs and running Pitch Practice every Friday at 1PM at Atlanta Tech Village (4+ years and 2,000+ pitches!).
Some Personal Stuff
I married the girl who put a thumbtack in my seat in the 6th grade. We are members of Church of the Apostles. We adopted our two kids from Kazakhstan, and I’m a sucker for helpless animals. My wife and I have rescued about a dozen cats and one Lab-Newfie mix dog named Fezzik, who passed away at the ripe old age of 14.