My name is David Brim and I am the founder and CEO of Brand Advance, an Orlando Marketing Agency, a business consultant and Investor. My primary professional focus areas include online lead generation, Software as a Service (SaaS) products, ecommerce ventures, and real estate. I live in Orlando with my wife Lindsay, golden retriever (Jackson) and cat (Bella) . I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa and was very active in sports. My biggest sport by far was basketball. I was known for being the first in the gym and the last one to leave. I ended up starting varsity three out of the four years I was in high school, each year we won our section. My senior year I ended up being “Fab 5” in my area and went on to play for California University of Pa.
After a year of playing college basketball I came to the conclusion that a large amount of college athletes graduate with no work experience and no real professional skills. The real world often hits them even harder, because athletes are usually looked at as “The big-men on campus”, and have had that role usually from their youth and have trouble adapting. I didn’t want to be that guy that held on to his sports dreams too long only to miss out on other opportunities that may prove much more fruitful. With that in mind I decided to re-direct my energy and take the lessons I learned from basketball and apply them to business. I wanted to be in an environment that would nurture my entrepreneurial spirit and decided to move from Pittsburgh, Pa to the land of dreams…Orlando, Fl. (Not having to scrape off snow and ice in the morning from my car…was a plus too 😉 )
I settled on The University of Central Florida to finish my education and start my journey on becoming an entrepreneur. It was definitely a life changing decision for me for a number of reasons:
- I knew nobody in Florida (My friends, family and girlfriend were all up north)
- I went from a school of 7,000 students to 48,000
- I changed majors from education to marketing
- I let go of my childhood aspirations to play in the NBA
- I had no real support system or stream of income lined up
Everyone told me that the move was too risky and that I shouldn’t go, but something deep-down inside told me kept drawing me to Orlando. I also knew that the higher the risk, usually the higher reward. Needless to say that decision was one of the best decisions of my life. I’m thankful to have accomplished some great things in a very short amount of time. To learn more about what I have accomplished in the early stages of my business career view my achievements page. For more information consider reading my professional bio. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. You can also get connected with me by catching me on various social media site. Some of the ones I participate regularly on can be found on my contact page. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my blog!
Charity & Community Service
Community Based Care
Mentor for youth at Community Based Care of Central Florida
It is the mission of Community Based Care of Central Florida that all families in Central Florida are able to safely care for their children by engaging, protecting and inspiring every child, every day.
A core value of Community Based Care of Central Florida is the belief that all children have the inalienable right to grow up safe, healthy and fulfilled in families that love and nurture them. In some cases, it’s possible to achieve this through diversion – by working with families on an individual basis to tackle the challenges that can contribute to abuse and neglect … and ultimately allowing kids to reside safely in their homes. In FY 2012-13, CBCCF’s tri-county diversion programs served the needs of 1,068 local families, including 6,932 children – resulting in a significant impact on the strength of our community.
Business coach & consultant for weVenture.
weVENTURE, powered by the Florida Institute of Technology, is a non-profit organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. weVENTURE offers targeted, highly-effective training to women owned start-ups, emerging businesses and second-stage growth-oriented companies and is designed to deliver increased revenue generation, targeted market penetration, expanded business relationships, access to critical resources and increased financial expertise.
Board Member for Crossroads Corral.
Crossroads Corral is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Central Florida that provides Equine Assisted Learning programs to individuals, couples, families and groups. The mission of Crossroads Corral is to equip participants with the skills necessary to thrive and live a life that is emotionally and physically healthy through the use of horses. Participants can see noticeable results in as little as one session in the areas of responsibility, leadership, trust, confidence, problem solving, and much more.
Volunteer Mentor for Four12.
Speaker for Junior Achievement CEO Bootcamp.
Volunteer for One Brick: Volunteering Made Easy based in Orlando.
A Gift for Teaching
Helped raise over $5,000 in donations for A Gift for Teaching.