“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
No one is a self-made man (or woman). We all have a story that involves people, experiences, and perspectives that have deeply shaped us into the person we are today. My own story started in the home of an educator and a blue-collar entrepreneur in Providence, RI. I’ve taken with me from my childhood a love for learning and my family’s heritage as classical musicians.
I’m a deeply curious person and I ask questions because I like to understand the world that we live in and how things connect together. I’ve read scores of books, I’ve interviewed well over a 1000 people, had a number of great mentors, and figured out through experience what works and what doesn’t in growing a business. I’m a Researcher, a Connector of the Dots, and a prepared Conversationalist that uses those skills to create clarity for my clients.
My Professional Career started by wearing out some shoe leather in B2B Outside Sales. After that, I spent a decade in banking where I reviewed financial statements, structured credit deals, and led several teams. In spite of my success as a banker, I wrestled with the desire to do something more Entrepreneurial. When a friend called and asked for my help turning around a tech company I decided it was the right time to scratch that itch.
Stabilizing and re-positioning a company is both exciting and frightening depending on the moment! I learned some valuable lessons through that experience of what it looks like to create an environment where employees, shareholders, and clients are all thriving together. We increased revenue, profits, CX, EX, and shareholder value simultaneously. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but in doing so I discovered what actually moves business and what’s just smoke and mirrors.
After moving the needle on the turnaround and increasing our value as a company 10x, I decided it was time to help other leaders on their own journey to grow their company.
Smack dab in the middle of my finance career I met a great girl from Greenville, SC. Elise and I celebrated 10 years of marriage in 2019. She’s been an incredible companion and friend to me in the triumphs and the failures of my life. We’ve lived in various places on the East Coast sipping lattes, hunting down award-winning chefs, and making the world a little more beautiful through interior design and real estate rehabs.
About 5 years ago our lives got even more interesting when our son Carter (4) came into the world and then a year later with our daughter Avery (3). A good friend of ours once said “Kids don’t make anything easier but they make a lot of things more exciting” and we couldn’t agree more. Carter and Avery have made us laugh and smile more times than we can count.
Although my own faith has waxed and waned throughout my life, I am also influenced by the gospel of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness and unconditional acceptance that I’ve found in Him.