I was born in 1980 in a little town in south central Kansas. It's claim to fame is being the starting point of the Oklahoma land rush. My father was a career Army grunt then officer, he devoted his whole career to the Army. We moved a lot during my youth. Every 4-5 years I would have to learn how to make new friends in new environments because of that. A skill which I still utilize today. I spent my elementary years in Northern Virginia, my middle school years in St Louis and High School back in Kansas.
It was difficult to readjust to the changes between those moves. Even with my father's paygrade, as the youngest of six and my mother as a homemaker we didn't have much to live on. I remember my parents constantly being behind on credit card payments as they stretched to give us simple things like shoes and jackets. I later learned that my dad also aspired towards business and entrepreneurial things which did help my business spirt and computer skills growing up.
Back in Kansas for high school was a shock. I'd spent most of my youth in larger cities with lots of stuff to do and found myself without friends (again) and unable to GET anywhere because we lived in a little old house my grandfather built by hand. I turned to two things to fill the time. Computers and the great outdoors. I used to split time between them about 50/50 until the internet finally made it's way to my little town in 1997. When I got access to it, I quickly devoured as much information as I could (when my teenage hormones weren't focused on the seedier side of the internet).
I taught myself HTML and some simple programming, I built my own computers, played lots of video games and learned the intricacies of MSDOS and how to change the config.sys and autoexec.bat so I could get video games like DOOM working. I won several high school competitions within the state for my knowledge of computers.
I went to college in Denver, got a degree in Computer Art and Animation. My first career was working on the FAA.gov's website which only lasted a half a year. I met my first mention and still great friend and business partner Marc Overman at a Rich Dad Poor Dad, Cashflow 101 game and quickly turned my attention to flipping homes. I worked two jobs at that time, commuting into Washington DC and then knocking on doors to buy homes. Through his mentoring and working on my interpersonal skills, I refined my introverted nature and explored the world of door to door sales. Over that time I bought and sold over $50 million in real estate.
When the real estate market crashed, I didn't lose much money but I did lose a career. I spent several years as a freelance consultant to the same banks that I was working on when I was flipping homes. I learned a ton about project management and also learned I'm a great relationship manager but not a great people manager. I also managed billions of dollars of real estate during this time.
I reentered the entrepreneurial world in 2011 (my second time). I invested in a risk-free trial campaign manager (I didn't know what I was getting into). At first, it was great, then it sucked, I spent the next 6 years learning and growing my understanding of the industry and forming friendships and alliances.
In 2017 I launched a men's grooming brand and it was quickly successful however as any business venture it came with many challenges and setbacks.
I really found my passion in 2017 where I continued the trade show ADSUM for it's second year and launched a mastermind where members of my tribe learn and grow together instead of "going it alone." I love creating experiences for people and found a real passion in ADSUM and LEGENDS and it's my pure joy to facilitate and grow those which allows me to see the instant gratification in person on someone's face.
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