Achievements

I’m very thankful for the many blessings that I have been able to attract and manifest into my life. I have had an interesting journey from playing college basketball to taking a leap of faith leaving my comfort zone and moving to Orlando, Fl to pursue entrepreneurship. I have learned a lot from my entrepreneurial growing pains, failures, mentors, and successes. This page outlines some experiences and accomplishments…more to come.

Business Accomplishments & Experience

Founder and CEO of Brand Advance (2009-Present)

Brand Advance is a Creative Marketing Agency based in Orlando that helps companies with passion and purpose achieve their goals through marketing, advertising and technology. The Brand Advance team has worked with hundreds of companies from start ups to well known brands. Some recognizable brands we have worked with include: Best Western, UCF, Howard Johnson, Purdue, Holiday Inn, OfficeMax, Lowes, MICROJIG, Bridgestone, Orlando International Airport and more. I started Brand Advance in 2009 and with the help of my talented team grew the company to over $1M in sales with no outside investment or loans. View our capabilities statement.

 

Founder of Bright Impact (2012-Present)

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

 

Internet Marketing Strategist & Consultant for the National Economic Gardening Program (2010-Present)

Working 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 draws 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. Soon after being contracted by the University of Central Florida, Brand Advance was hired to assist the National Economic Gardening program. Through contracts with GrowFl and the National Economic Gardening program I have personally worked with over 800 second stage growth companies spanning multiple industries across states such as Florida, Ohio, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, Virginia, New York, Wisconsin, Kansas, Tennessee and more.

 

Founder of Apartments UCF (2009-Present)

The 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 GroupTable (2008-2013)

GroupTable was a collaborative software tailored for student group projects and study groups that was launched in February 2008. Mashable, a leading technology news blog, had this to say “The entire makeup of the service is quite impressive. Powerful, but not overwhelming”. GroupTable had over 10,000 users around the world at the time of exit.

 

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

IZEA is one of the top Social Media Marketing companies in the country and was founded by Ted Murphy. 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, etc.) 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, Jim Kukral, Missy Ward, Neil PatelWendy Piersall, Chris Pirillo and more. I stepped away in May 2009 to focus on my own endeavors full time.

 

Co-founder of Rent to Own Magazine (2007)

Rent 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.

 

VP of Marketing for Flirt Clothing

Flirt Clothing

Flirt 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.

 
 

Book & Blog Props

Author of Land More Customers through Online Marketing (2014)

amazon.com Best Selling Author

This book reached #13 on Amazon in the SEO category and 83k overall in early 2014. To learn more about the book visit here or purchase your copy on Amazon today.

 

Top 3 Nominee for Best Business Blog in Florida on Business, Marketing and Technology (2013)

FL Blog Con via Love at First Book

Out of hundreds of submissions this blog, Filled to the Brim, was selected as a top three nominee for the Florida Sunshine blogger awards by Florida BlogCon.

 
 

Business Plan Competitions

  • Winner of UCF 2008 Joust Business Plan Competition ($12,000)
  • Finalist in the 2008 National Nacent Business Plan Competition in Indiana
  • Finalist in the 2007 Sunshine State Venture Challenge in Cocoa Beach
  • Winner of 2007 UCF Joust Business Plan Competition ($5,000)
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