What I believe
You have a story, and your audience wants to hear it. I’ll help you tell that story. Through digital and content marketing, Pitch Practice, and Atlanta Tech Blogs, everything I do is to help entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses tell their story to the right audience through the right channels.
I do Freelance & Contract Content Marketing for a handful of great clients around Atlanta. I founded and operate Atlanta Tech Blogs: promote your startup to 21,000+ followers just by blogging! I started and run Pitch Practice, a weekly open meetup Fridays at 1pm at Atlanta Tech Village. We’ve been doing Pitch Practice for 5 years, 2,700+ pitches, and counting, and now you can get the book, “Practice Your Pitch” on Amazon, subscribe to our Youtube Channel, and listen to the Pitch Practice Podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.
I am also a volunteer soldier in the Georgia State Defense Force. You probably haven’t heard of GSDF, but we wear the uniform of the U.S. Army and support the Georgia National Guard in state emergencies, search and rescue, honors, and other military functions.
Finally, I joined the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) earlier this year. The goal at Auburn is to create a university incubator or accelerator that rivals Georgia Tech’s ATDC and leverages the technical talent at Auburn to create, launch, and build sustainable and profitable businesses.
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. 15 down, 10 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. Software. 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 them died painfully in the meltdown of 2008-2009. You learn a lot when you fail spectacularly.
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.