Professional Kayaker. Change Maker. Executive Leader. Business Scaler.
I launced my first business when I was in college as a professional kayaker. I got paid to paddle, starting an outdoor adventure travel company that offered guided trips and was a certified paddling school.
From kayaking I moved on to work for Congressmen, Senators, Governors, Attorneys General as a political consultant. It was quite the change from kayaking! One day the Attorney General of Virginia decided to play match maker and introduced me to his niece and we were married a year later.
Home Depot recruited me to join a change management leadership program. We were opening a new store every 43 hours. It was a crazy time and I was fortunate to work on some amazing initiatives that changed the company to this day.
I then joined the world’s largest privately held Human Captial Management company focused on outsouced sales and marketing. We scaled the business from $75 million to $150 million and then again to $350 million. I had the pleasure of leading all of our client services business functions where I worked with some of the biggest brands around, including HP, Best Buy, Target, Nokia, John Deere, T-Mobile and led a team of 4,000+ amazing sales and marketing leaders for over 10 years. I also drove Innovation & Strategy across the organization focusing on talent acquisition efforts – we were hiring about 20,000 employees/year for our Fortune clients at the time!
Solving business problems with technology was a passion, so then I joined an innovative B2B SaaS tech start-up where I built and lead all go to market activities while serving as President, Americas. We scaled to 53k customers in 73 countries and raised $25 million in Series A Venture Capital along the way. I was fortunate to partner with amazing companies like Apple, ADP, Gusto, Xero and more throughout my time and lead an amazing group of talented people.
Today, I leverage my background and experience to help organizations transform for the 21st Century focusing on strategy formulation, process consulting, leadership coaching, leader development and business transformation to help others develop a platform for rapid and sustainable growth.
When I’m not working, you can find me somewhere in the outdoors camping, kayaking, fishing, biking and hiking with my wife and two amazing children.