Achievements

Business Plan Competitions

Noteworthy Speaking Engagements

Featured young entrepreneur on Orlando's Fox 35 News (2007)

Featured young entrepreneur
on Orlando’s Fox 35 News (2007)

Social Media Panel discussion participant on Orlando's Local 6 news program FlashPoint (2008)

Social Media Panel discussion participant
on Orlando’s Local 6 news program
FlashPoint (2008)

Interviewed on Indianapolis's Fox59 at the Nascent500 Business Plan Competition (2008)

Interviewed on Indianapolis’s Fox59 at the
Nascent500 Business Plan Competition (2008)

Frequent Marketing & Entrepreneurship Speaker at the University of Central Florida

Frequent Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Speaker at the University of Central Florida

Featured in one of the nation's top selling entrepreneurship textbooks: Successfully Launching New Ventures

Featured in one of the nation’s top selling
entrepreneurship textbooks
“Successfully Launching New Ventures”

CBS News Radio OrlandoInterviewed on
CBS News Radio Orlando
(April 2009)

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The subject of the virtual interview was
being an entrepreneur in college
and participating in business plan
competitions and the opportunities
that go along with it.

“Excellence in Entrepreneurship”
Course Trainer
Marketing Strategy & Internet Marketing
(October 2010)

Speaker at Invention to Venture Conference on Branding, Social Media & SEO (November 2010)

Speaker at “Invention to Venture Conference
on Branding, Social Media & SEO
(November 2010)

Interviewed by Channel 9 (ABC News) Advice for people launching or starting a company in Orlando (January 2011)

Interviewed by Channel 9 (ABC News)
Advice for people launching
or starting a company in Orlando
(January 2011)

Speaker at Disney Entrepreneurship Center Marketing Strategy, SEO, Social Media (February 2011)

Speaker at Disney Entrepreneurship Center
Marketing Strategy, SEO, Social Media (February 2011)

Land More Customers Webinar by David Brim

Land More Customers Webinar (July 2012)
Given to a group of CEOs, Marketing Directors
and Economic Development Professionals
View full webinar and slides

Interviewed on UCFTV

Interviewed on UCFTV to discuss the value of
Entrepreneurship in College
and the opening of the
UCF Blackstone Launch Pad (February 2013)
Read the recap on my blog

Speaker on the Diversity Dialogue Panel

Speaker on the Diversity Dialogue Panel
hosted by Ad 2 Orlando at the
Orlando Science Center (March 2013)
Read the recap on my blog

Business Accomplishments & Experience

Founder of Bright Impact (2012-Present)

Bright ImpactBright Impact is an online platform that enables students and educators to manage their service learning and social entrepreneurship projects and measure their impact.

CO-founder of GroupTable (2008-2013)

GroupTableGroupTable was a collaborative software tailored for student group projects and study groups that was launched in February 2008. GroupTable had over 10,000 users around the world at the time of exit for an undisclosed amount.

Founder and CEO of Brand Advance (2009-Present)

Brand AdvanceBrand Advance is an Orlando Internet Marketing Agency that specializes in internet marketing strategy, search engine optimization, social media, branding and web design. The Brand Advance team has helped advance hundreds of companies including well known brands such as Tupperware, UCF, OfficeMax, PBworks and more.

Online Marketing Strategist for the GrowFL program (2010-Present)

GrowFLWorking with the Edward Lowe Foundation, a nationally recognized entrepreneurship development organization, GrowFL applies lessons learned from the proven art of “economic gardening”, pioneered more than a decade ago in Colorado and now being applied nationwide to help second-stage companies grow. GrowFL will draw on the strength of a unique partnership that includes the Florida Economic Development Council, Enterprise Florida, Workforce Florida, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and others working to identify and cultivate hundreds of growth companies. Brand Advance was hired by GrowFL in 2010 to provide second stage companies in Florida assistance in developing and improving their internet marketing efforts. My role in the program is to work with the second stage companies ($1 million+ in revenue and 10 or more employees) and advise them on how to grow their business through the use of social media, SEO and other online marketing strategies.

Founder of Apartments UCF (2009- Present)

Apartments UCFThe University of Central Florida is the second largest university in the United States with roughly 60,000 students attending each year. Apartments UCF is the best place online to help prospective and current UCF students find a place fit for a Knight while attending the University of Central Florida. Find, view descriptions, images, maps and videos of UCF Apartments.

Co-founder of Rent to Own Magazine (2007)

Rent to Own MagazineRent to Own magazine was started in March, 2007 while I was a Junior at UCF. The first week we started generating revenue from advertisers.  Instead of continuing to run the publication while in school we merged our advertisers into a larger Florida home publication and worked out a profit sharing arrangement.

Marketing/Director of Premium Blogger Relations at IZEA (2008-2009)

IZEAIZEA is one of the top Social Media Marketing companies in the country. My role while there in addition to marketing, was to identify and build relationships with the top influencers in the blogosphere and connect them to IZEA’s clients- (Advertisers like MTV, Sears, Microsoft, SeaWorld, and many more) for various Social Media & Internet Marketing campaigns. Though many of the campaigns were focussed around Sponsored conversations and blog marketing I also helped run campaigns for affiliate marketing, twitter marketing, facebook marketing, CPC (Cost per click advertising) and more. I helped start the premium blogger network in SocialSpark and worked with thought leaders/A-List Bloggers like Chris Brogan, Brian Clark, Julia Allision, Wendy Piersall, Chris Pirillo and more. I stepped away in May 2009 to focus on my own endeavors full time.

VP of Marketing for Flirt Clothing

Flirt ClothingFlirt clothing was founded in 2005 by my friend and college roommate. I worked with Flirt from the beginning negotiating costs of production, setting up distribution channels and working on the overall marketing of the brand.

Charity

Actively involved in One Brick- Volunteering made easy- based in Orlando Helped raise over $5,000 in donations for A Gift for Teaching (2007)

Actively involved in
One Brick: Volunteering Made Easy
Based in Orlando

Helped raise over $5,000 in donations
for “A Gift for Teaching” (2007)

Speaker for Junior Achievement CEO Bootcamp

Speaker for
Junior Achievement CEO Bootcamp

Active Volunteer for Four12

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